December 29, 2017
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Preventing Cedar Apple Rust

Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Cedar-apple rust is an interesting and complex disease involving alternating hosts to complete its lifecycle. This disease is caused by the fungus (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae). Now that is a mouthful to pronounce and something great to discuss with guests while at a party […]
December 20, 2015
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Growing Apple Trees in S.E. WI

Growing Apple Trees in S.E. WI Growing Apple Trees in S.E. WI Apples are one of the most popular tree fruit for the home grower. Who doesn’t want to bite into a nice crispy apple picked at the peak of perfection? Based on fruit tree sales here at Johnson’s Nursery, […]
November 15, 2015
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Espalier Apple Trees

Espalier Apple Trees Espalier apple trees an exciting style of growing fruit trees that allows homeowners with smaller spaces or urban lots to grow apple trees. Unfortunately, they are a rare site in most home fruit orchards and backyards. Most fruit growers think they are ‘neat’ looking and drool over […]
November 12, 2015
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Training & Pruning Fruit Trees

Training & Pruning Fruit Trees Training and pruning fruit trees is important to being a successful fruit grower. You train early in a fruit tree’s life to achieve proper/desired shape and form (central leader, open center). The first-early years of a tree’s life are most important for proper tree training […]
September 2, 2015
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Savoring Summercrisp Pear

Savoring Summercrisp Pear Here in southeastern Wisconsin, we can grow many pear varieties. The majority of them ripen in September and October. A few however, ripen in August. One of these summer pears is Summercrisp. This pear variety was developed by the University of Minnesota and introduced around the mid […]
August 10, 2015
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Home Orchard Success

Success With A Home Orchard Ever think of growing your own fruit? Wonder what it entails and how much effort it will be? Will you be successful? Given that the popularity of home fruit production has exploded in the past few years, many people have had these same thoughts. Sometimes […]
July 26, 2015
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Cherry Pits of July

Cherry Pits of July July is here. Time for the pits of summer. Hot, dusty, dry, mosquitoes, deer flies, etc. No wait! That is the wrong list. I really mean the pits that I so relish each July. Cherry pits. And lots of them. The best sight in July is […]
April 29, 2015

Codling Moth: Apple Menace

Codling Moth: Apple Menace June is the start of our codling moth season. Codling moths are a major pest on apples and to a lesser extent on pears. Here in Wisconsin we normally have 2 generations of codling moths. Codling moths were originally native to Asia but are now found […]
March 14, 2015

Controlling Peach Pests, Disease & Insect

Growing peaches in S.E. Wisconsin is not a foolproof task. Due to our cold winters, success is limited by the cold temperatures and peach pests. Best results are obtained by planting very cold-hardy varieties, such as Reliance Peach, Contender, and Veteran. Peach tree flower buds are only winter hardy to […]
February 21, 2015
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Plum Tree Fruit Harvest 2015

Plum Tree Fruit Harvest 2015 It is that time of year again. Harvest time. Time to pick and enjoy all those luscious fall fruits that hopefully you previously planted in your backyard so you can reap the fall harvest too. If you did not plan ahead and get fruit trees […]
December 8, 2009
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Contender Peach

Contender Peach Prunus persica ‘Contender’ Description & Overview Contender peach produces large fruits that have a small pit and excellent red skin color. Great for canning and fresh use. This variety has also been found to be very cold hardy and has survived in northern growing areas where other peach […]
December 7, 2009
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Reliance Peach

Reliance Peach Prunus persica ‘Reliance’ Description & Overview Reliance peach is an extremely cold hardy peach that was bred for northern climates. Considered to be one of the hardiest peach varieties, Reliance Peach fruit is typically ready for picking in mid-August in Southeast Wisconsin. The fruit is soft, sweet and […]
December 7, 2009
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Honeycrisp Apple

Honeycrisp Apple Malus x domestica ‘Honeycrisp’ Description & Overview Honeycrisp apple was developed by Dr. David Bedford at the University of Minnesota in 1960. After numerous trials it was released to the public in 1991. Honeycrisp was aptly named for its sweet and extremely juicy fruit that is often described […]
December 7, 2009
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Cortland Apple

Cortland Apple Malus x domestica ‘Cortland’ Description & Overview Cortland apple was developed in 1898 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. It is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Ben Davis’. Cortland Apple is known for producing large sized fruits that are striped red with a […]
December 4, 2009
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Bartlett Pear

Bartlett Pear Pyrus communis ‘Bartlett’ Description & Overview Bartlett pear is a very old European pear that is known primarily as ‘Williams’ throughout Europe. When it was brought to America it was mislabeled and got re-introduced as ‘Bartlett’. Same great pear just a new name. This variety excels for canning […]
December 4, 2009
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Royal Gala Apple

Royal Gala Apple Malus x domestica ‘Royal Gala’ Description & Overview Royal Gala apple is a sport (mutation) of Gala apple that was selected for its darker red skin color. Like all strains of Gala, the skin is slightly striped. Gala originated in New Zealand in the early 20th century […]
September 20, 2009
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Rainier Sweet Cherry

Rainier Sweet Cherry Prunus avium ‘Rainier’ Description & Overview Rainier sweet cherry has exceptionally large fruits with a high sugar content. The fruit is yellow with a nice red blush. Noted for its wonderful flavor and fruit quality. Highly prized and much sought after for its delicious fruit. Core Characteristics […]
September 20, 2009
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Lapins Sweet Cherry

Lapins Sweet Cherry Prunus avium ‘Lapins’ Description & Overview Lapins sweet cherry bears large mahogany colored fruits that are sweet and crisp. This variety shows resistance to fruit cracking and to bacterial canker (2 common issues with sweet cherries). It also is one of few sweet cherry varieties that is […]
September 20, 2009
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Mount Royal Plum

Mount Royal Plum Prunus domestica ‘Mount Royal’ Description & Overview Mount Royal Plum is an heirloom plum variety that is extremely cold hardy. It is a European type prune plum that produces small to medium fruits that have blue skin, sweet yellow/green flesh and are round in shape. Unique as […]
September 11, 2009
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Summercrisp Pear

Summercrisp Pear Pyrus sp. ‘Summercrisp’ Description & Overview Summercrisp pear was released by the University of Minnesota in the 1980’s. It is a very cold hardy variety that is a prolific producer of small, crispy pears (3″-3.5″ fruits) that are good for fresh eating only. A unique pear as it […]
August 20, 2009
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Montmorency Cherry

Montmorency Cherry Prunus cerasus ‘Montmorency’ Description & Overview Montmorency is an old tart cherry variety that originated in Europe (supposedly France) and was brought to the U.S. in the 19th century. It has become the #1 tart cherry variety commercially grown in the U.S. and Canada. Noted for its very […]
August 19, 2009
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Evans Bali Cherry

Evans Bali Cherry Prunus cerasus ‘Evans’ Description & Overview Evans cherry, Bali cherry and sometimes referred to as Evans/Bali cherry. All 3 names refer to the same variety. A very hardy tart cherry that is excellent for pies, jams and cobblers. Originated in Canada near Edmonton Alberta. Thrives in very […]
August 11, 2009
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Sweet Cherry Pie™ Cherry

Sweet Cherry Pie™ Cherry Prunus cerasus ‘Eubank’ Description & Overview Sweet Cherry Pie™ cherry is a tart cherry that is known for its extremely heavy crop yield. It is also very precocious. This variety produces a nice quality dark red cherry that is excellent for pies, jams and cobblers. Sweet […]
July 11, 2009
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Parker Pear

Parker Pear Pyrus communis ‘Parker’ Description & Overview Parker pear was developed by the University of Minnesota and released in 1934. The fruits are medium sized, green, and often develop a slight red bush on the sunny side of the fruit. While most pears need to be picked at the […]
May 20, 2009
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North Star Cherry

North Star Cherry Prunus cerasus ‘North Star’ Description & Overview North Star cherry is a dwarf tart cherry introduced by the University of MN in 1950. This selection grows 8′-10′ tall on average. It is a ‘Morello type’ so has very dark red flesh and a nice strong cherry flavor. […]
May 4, 2009
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SnowSweet® Apple

SnowSweet® Apple Malus x domestica ‘Wildung’ Description & Overview SnowSweet® Apple was introduced by the University of Minnesota in 2006. The fruit ripens in early October and is noted for its sweet flavor and snow white flesh. SnowSweet® (Wildung variety) is a registered trademark of the University of Minnesota. Core […]
April 4, 2009
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Zestar!® Apple

Zestar!® Apple Malus x domestica ‘Minnewashta’ PP11,367 Description & Overview Zestar!® is a very cold hardy early ripening apple. Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1999. The fruit ripens in early September. Outstanding quality for an early apple! Good for both fresh eating and cooking. The fruit keeps much […]
April 4, 2009
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Empire Apple

Empire Apple Malus x domestica ‘Empire’ Description & Overview Empire apple was developed by Cornell University in New York and released in 1966. Empire is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Red Delicious’. It retains much of the flavor of McIntosh Apple but has deeper red skin color and much better […]
March 25, 2009
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La Crescent Plum

La Crescent Plum Prunus ‘La Crescent’ Description & Overview La Crescent is a Japanese x american hybrid plum that is round, has golden flesh and is sweet. The fruit sometimes has a pink blush on the skin when fully ripe. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: No USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone […]
March 22, 2009
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Golden Delicious Apple

Golden Delicious Apple Malus x domestica ‘Golden Delicious’ Description & Overview Golden Delicious apple is a large, sweet apple with gold/green skin color. For many years it was in the top 5 apple varieties produced by volume in world apple production. It is still a popular variety in Europe although […]
March 21, 2009
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Connell Red Apple

Connell Red Apple Malus x domestica ‘Connell Red’ Description & Overview Connell Red apple is an improved sport of Fireside apple. While Fireside has a striped skin, Connell Red is a solid orange/red in color when fully ripe. The fruit can get very large and is excellent for fresh eating. […]
March 21, 2009
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Black Ice® Plum

Black Ice® Plum Prunus ‘Lydecker’ PP16,621 Description & Overview Black Ice® plum produces large round black fruits that ripen in early August in Wisconsin. The fruit is sweet, juicy and semi-cling. This plum was derived from a complex cross of sand cherry (Prunus besseyi) with Japanese plum genetics. The goal […]
March 21, 2009
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Hat Trick Espalier Apple

Hat Trick Espalier Apple Malus ‘Hat Trick’ Description & Overview Hat Trick Espalier Apple is a grafted tree in espalier form. This tree is shaped into a 3-tier cordon form. The bottom cordon is the variety Honeycrisp. The middle cordon is the variety Sweet 16. The top cordon is the […]
March 19, 2009
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Liberty Apple

Liberty Apple Malus x domestica ‘Liberty’ Description & Overview Liberty Apple is a very disease resistant apple that ripens in early October. The skin color is red with a yellow background. The flesh is slightly tart. Much sought after by home apple growers as it was bred to have resistance […]
March 19, 2009
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KinderKrisp Apple

KinderKrisp Apple Malus ‘KinderKrisp’ Description & Overview KinderKrisp is a small but very crispy and sweet red apple. It ripens in late August in S.E WI and is an exceptionally good early apple. The crispiness comes from one of its parents, the famous Honeycrisp apple. While the fruit may be […]