Grow a bountiful orchard, with help from Peaceful Valley!
Our in-house videos and articles bring you research-based information about fruit trees—from choosing, planting and pruning, to pest control, and using the fruit harvest.
To see all our fruit tree videos, click on the video box to watch them loop in a playlist:
Here’s a guide to the range of fruit tree educational resources we have for you, listed by topic:
CHOOSING FRUIT TREES
Fruit Trees—A Selection Guide
Many Bare Root Fruit Trees for Sale—How to Choose the Right One for You
Best Pollination for your Fruit Trees
Chill Hours: What are they, how do I count them, and why do my fruit trees care?
What is your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?
How to Choose Olive Trees
Choose the Right Avocado for Your Region
Does Your Avocado Have an A flower or a B flower?
PLANTING & FERTILIZING FRUIT TREES
Shipping and Heeling In Bare Root Trees
Plant a Bare Root Fruit Tree
Planting a Potted Fruit Tree
Fertilizing Your Fruit Trees
Growing Walnut Trees
Fruit Tree Dormancy
Plant a Bare Root Tree
Planting Fig Trees and other Potted Fruit Trees
How to Grow Pomegranates
Growing Olives in Zone 7
Fruit & Nut Tree Planting & Growing Guide
Potted Fruit Tree Planting & Growing Guide
Citrus Tree Planting & Growing Guide
Olive Tree Planting & Growing Guide
When and How to Fertilize Your Fruit Trees—Use Our Online Calculator
Companion Plants that Tolerate Black Walnut Toxicity
PRUNING & GRAFTING FRUIT TREES
How to Prune Fruit Trees (Vase or Open system)
How to Prune Apple & Pear Trees (Central Leader system)
Summer Pruning for Cherry Trees & Apricot Trees (Modified Central Leader system)
Summer Pruning and Thinning
How to Grow Pomegranates
Sharpening Tools: Pruners, Loppers, Shovels & More
Budding (Basic Grafting)
How to Choose the Right Pruning Tool
Pruning Fruit Trees—How to Choose Training System Shapes
Fruit Tree Pruning—Specialized Advice
Reasons for Summer Pruning Fruit Trees
How to Prune Cherry, Apricot, Pluot, Walnut, Pomegranate & Persimmon Trees
Boom or Bust Fruit
Versatile Pomegranate Can Be a Tree, Espalier, Shrub, Hedge, or Container Plant
Keep Petroleum Products Off Your Garden Tools
Use Budding to Change the Varieties or Cultivars on Your Fruit Trees
DISEASE & PEST CONTROL FOR FRUIT TREES
Fruit Tree Spraying
Codling Moth—How to Keep the Worms Away Organically
Powdery Mildew—Organic Control
Bird, Deer & Gopher Control
How to Make a Scarecrow
Deer Fencing and Deer Repellent
Gopher Control and Bird Control in your Organic Garden
Organic Control of Codling Moths
Spraying Fruit Trees—More Details on Dormant Sprays
Check your Powdery Mildew Facts with our True/False Quiz
USING YOUR FRUIT HARVEST|
How to Can—Apple Sauce from Tree to Jar
How to Dehydrate Food
How to Make Cider
Canning Safety—Tips Grandma Didn’t Know
Drying Food 101
Mix Apple Varieties to Make the Best Cider
Sustainable Ways to Use the Apple Pomace from your Cider
Massage Persimmons to Preserve Them
What is a Semi-dwarf fruit tree? Says:
Jan 6th, 2014 at 10:01 pm
John Roe, And I would like to know what is meant by a Semi- Dwarf tree is? Does it have to size? If so how tall will it get? Please get back to me. Also, I could’nt, any place to ask, a question.
Celi & Lisa Says:
Jan 8th, 2014 at 7:03 am
Should we still do our winter pruning and spraying even tho this california weather has been warmer then usual? Our fruit trees are showing buds, I think this Hayward weather has confused our trees. Help !
Stephanie Brown Says:
Jan 15th, 2014 at 10:26 am
Hello Celi & Lisa,
Yes, go ahead and prune and do your last spray. It’s like doing the “Valentine’s Day” spray in January instead. As long as the trees are not blooming you’re fine. If you’ve missed and they’re blooming you can wait and summer prune the trees instead.
Stephanie Brown Says:
Jan 15th, 2014 at 10:51 am
A semi-dwarf tree is a tree grafted onto a rootstock that will dwarf the scion to 70-85% of standard size. Since the standard size of trees varies, the size of a semi-dwarf varies depending on the variety. For example a semi-dwarf apple tree (on M-111) will be 15-25 ft, a semi-dwarf cherry ( on Colt) will be 30-45 ft. and a semi-dwarf peach or nectarine (on Citation) will be 8-14 ft. I hope that’s helpful. If you have a question about the size a specific rootstock grows to, we usually have the information in the product description. If not, I’d be happy to find that information for you.
Dec 19th, 2014 at 4:24 pm
My fruit trees haven’t lost all their leaves this winter. Should I strip the leaves to aide in dormancy?
Suzanne at Peaceful Valley Says:
Dec 22nd, 2014 at 12:17 pm
No, I would just allow the leaves to drop off naturally. Your tree knows best when to drop its leaves.