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Orchards

One in the Level 2: Plants Plus Series – a remix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentation and doing the readings, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on orchards.

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Apples

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get two hours of continuing education credit for watching the two video presentations, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on growing apples.

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Kiwifruit, Actinidia spp.

What’s brown and fuzzy all over and green inside? Well, the kiwifruit, of course. This Chinese fruit was popularized when it was imported into New Zealand, renamed kiwifruit instead of Chinese gooseberry, and developed as an export crop. Today this fruit crop is grown in many places worldwide, but there is more than just the kind found at the grocery store. To learn more about kiwifruit, read this article…

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Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum

Rhubarb is the first “fruit” of the season – used as a fruit, but grows like a vegetable. With huge leaves on long red to green petioles it can also make a dramatic statement in the garden. This old fashioned perennial is very easy to grow, coming back bigger year after year with little care. To learn more about rhubarb, read this article…

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Serviceberry, Amalanchier spp.

If you’re looking for a small tree with attractive white blossoms in spring and small fruits that can be food for animals or humans, consider one of several species of serviceberry. There are a number of plants in the genus Amalanchier that are graceful trees or shrubs that can provide year-round ornamental interest in the landscape. To learn more, read this article…

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Indoor Citrus

Even though we can’t grow oranges and grapefruits outdoors in the Midwest, it is possible to keep a citrus tree as a houseplant in a warm, sunny room. Even if your plant never produces fragrant blossoms and brightly colored, ornamental fruit, the shiny, dark green leaves make citrus an attractive container plant. Learn more about the long history of citrus throughout the world and how you can grow your own…

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Spotted Tentiform Leafminer, Phyllonorycter blancardella

Have you had people ask what those funny stippled blotches on their apple tree leaves are? When held up to the light, the spotted nature of these mines become apparent, and are a diagnostic feature of the damage caused by the spotted tentiform leafminer. If you want to learn more about this insect pest, read this article…

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Espalier

Are you interested in getting higher yields of fruit, want a fruit tree but don’t have space for a regular-sized one, or just want an interesting pruned plant as a focal point in your garden? There is a horticultural technique involving pruning and training that can accomplish all of these goals. Read this article to learn more about the classic technique of espalier…

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Split-leaf philodendron, Monstera deliciosa

It’s a tropical plant native to rainforests of Central America that is often grown as a foliage houseplant. With big holes in its leaves, it’s aptly called Swiss cheese plant, but is more commonly known as split-leaf philodendron. Did you know it also has edible fruits? Learn more about Monstera deliciosa in this article…

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Apple Maggot: Scourge of Home Apple Production

If you have an apple tree in your backyard, you’ve probably found out that apple maggot likes your fruit as much as you do. Learn from UW-Extension Fruit Entomologist Dan Mahr more about this pesky fly and what to do about it in this article…

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