Growing Fruit Trees: Novel Concepts And Practices For Successful Care And Management Paperback – May 10 2011
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[A]n an excellent collection of information.... The photographs, figures, and tables are outstanding and facilitate understanding and clarify issues that would have required many additional words to achieve similar clarity.... Growing Fruit Trees was a pleasure for the mind and a joy for the eyes--a delightful work. Highly recommended. — G. S. Howell (CHOICE)
If followed, there is no doubt that this book will set the reader on the right direction to producing good quality and regular crops of fruit. . . . For a horticultural student who sees fruit-growing as part of their future, then this book is excellent. For the aspiring fruiticulteur, it is a must. — The Garden
More than 300 full-color photos and drawings elegantly illustrate the technical details, making this a valuable resource for landscape designers, arborists, horticulturists, and serious gardeners. — Landscape Architecture Magazine
[E]ssential…. [E]xtraordinarily helpful…. [A] beautiful book, not only in its abundant color photographs and diagrams, but also in its approach to the care of fruit trees…. [A] lovely and useful book. — Englewood Review of Books
Tree-growers on any scale will benefit from the detailed information, attractively presented, with plenty of photos. — Reference and Research Book News
[P]erfect for gardeners and horticultural libraries alike. — Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Évelyn Leterme is the founder and director of the Conservatoire Vegetal Regional d'Aquitaine (CVRA) in France.
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The book contains quite a bit of technical and practical information on growing fruit trees. There are excellent photos and diagrams throughout that will help you to understand how and where the fruits will grow on the branches. If you've ever cut off next year's fruiting wood, this will keep you from making that mistake.
The Introduction has a history of fruit trees and how they evolved through interaction with livestock and humans. This is fascinating stuff and will help you understand why fruit trees behave as they do and how pruning affects them.
The authors cover in detail 12 kinds of fruits and nuts: Almond, Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Chestnut, Fig, Grape, Hazelnut, Kiwi, Olive, Peach, Pear, Plum, Quince, and Walnut. Each chapter is similarly organized.
The Apricot chapter, for example, starts with the history of the apricot and where it originated. The authors trace the origin and the spread of the apricot from the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, Armenia, Italy, France, and then on to the U.S. Turkey is the largest apricot producer in the world. You find the interesting information that production in California is down because of the inexpensive Turkish dried apricots, increased urbanization, and decreased consumption of apricot nectar.
Now another section on "The Tree", is eight pages packed with all that information to help you become familiar with the various parts of the apricot tree - the branches and types of growth, where the fruit will appear next year, and flowering. There are many photos and excellent drawings to help you out. The next section is about the "Principles of Training".
If you've ever stood in front of your fruit tree and were confused about what you should prune and what you should keep, this will help you immensely.