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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Hi Everyone.

First off, I wanted to show everyone something. I posted earlier asking how to transport plants from one house to another, I just wanted to say first that all my plants made it except for my lemon tree. They are now in a nice south facing window.


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The big tree in the background is a walnut tree.

Now onto my question. In our front yard, there are five fruit trees. We have Identified one as a cherry tree because of all the pits attached to the tree. The other trees, I do not know what they are. I got these from near the trunk of one of the trees. Could anyone help me figure out what kind of fruits these came from? I know they came from the tree I found it by because the ground near it was littered with these.

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Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Jared
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plantladylin
Mar 5, 2017 6:20 PM CST
They remind me of Pecans (Carya sp.) https://garden.org/plants/sear... but I really have no clue. I'm not sure what nut trees grow in your area but it might help with identity if you can post photos of the tree from a little distance, a photo of the bark and also leaves (if they are evident this time of year), etc. Also ... maybe break open those shells to see the inside. Green Grin!

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 5, 2017 6:21 PM CST
I think they look like plum pits.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 6:23 PM CST
They are apricot pits.

BTW, your plants look really happy in their new home. Smiling
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Hi Everyone.

Here are some pictures of the bark and the tree.

I think Daisyl is right.


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 5, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Good eye @Daisyl! Thumbs up

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 6:50 PM CST
I hate to say this but your apricot is in bad shape. I hate apricots (I LOVE apricots but hate the trees). See all those splits? That's bad!

And you said you knew one was a cherry because the pits were attached. That's bad too.

You are going to have to figure out what's going on with these trees when spring eventually arrives. You might do some research now to see if there are any fruit tree diseases prevalent in your area. You still have some time to prune and apply at least one dormant spray. That won't help diseases and blights but will help with overwintering insects.

But, cherries and apricots are best pruned mid-summer.
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plantmanager
Mar 5, 2017 6:55 PM CST
I was also going to say it's apricot. If you can afford it, it might be good to have an arborist check the trees and make recommendations. They could do the pruning at the right time, too. Fruit and nut trees take special care if you want to have good crops.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Hi Everyone!

Thanks for the Info, @Daisyl! I wasnt aware that something was wrong. I just thought it was just an old tree! I will look into it and figure out what is wrong. Thanks for all the information. I will post when I figure out whats wrong.

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plantmanager
Mar 5, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Good luck, Jared. Enjoy your new place! It's always exciting to be able to fix up and plant new land.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Jared,

Fruits trees are easy to prune if you know how to do it. I worked on an apple farm when my children were young (giving tours, not picking apples Smiling ). The owner came to my house and taught me to prune trees. He even grafted a couple for me.

If you can figure out what trees you have, looking for a book on pruning or going on the interweb to learn will save you a bunch of bucks. The one thing I learned from my old farmer friend was use dormant spray 3 times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day. And prune between November and February (except for cherries and apricots).
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 7:05 PM CST
plantmanager said:Good luck, Jared. Enjoy your new place! It's always exciting to be able to fix up and plant new land.


And it looks like you have plenty of it. Is there a greenhouse in your future? My daughter keeps a temperate greenhouse (she keeps it just above freezing in the winter). She is growing all sorts of dwarf citrus in it. She also put in an aquaponics system and raises all sorts of herbs plus cucumbers and melons. Her 'fish' part is koi - they handle the cold well.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Hi everyone.

While we are on the subject of tree care, I would like to post something. In my backyard is a 25-30 foot walnut tree. I want to post a picture just to make sure it is okay and is healthy. I am asking mainly because I want to check on its health. Better safe than sorry! The picture is taking awhile, so I will post it in a little bit.

Jared
Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Hi Everyone.

Here is a picture of my Walnut tree. How do I tell if its healthy? Can anyone help me with this also?


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 7:13 PM CST
Why do you think its unhealthy?
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 7:16 PM CST
Hi.

I just want to check on it because the Apricot tree having a problem got me thinking about it. I just want to make sure it is healthy and will produce nuts. Thats all. I have no experience with tree health.

Jared
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 5, 2017 7:27 PM CST
It looks like a beautiful tree!
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 7:32 PM CST
Hi There!

It is a VERY beautiful tree indeed! My second cousin climbs it all the time! It has a tire swing on it also! Its a good tree! I just want to make sure it is in good health.

Jared
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Walnuts are completely different than stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries). And a lot less troublesome. My best friend is a pecan/walnut farmer (can you tell I grew up in farm country?). She worries about two things: flat headed borers and aphids. The only time walnuts need pruning is when a branch crosses through the tree.

She uses Ammonium Sulfate 3 times a year (early spring, early summer, mid-summer). You don't want to fertilize too late in the summer because you don't want to encourage new growth that will freeze off if there is an early frost. The nuts need enough moisture during development to 'fill' the nuts. Fall rain makes them drop from the husk.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 5, 2017 7:38 PM CST
Hi There!

Thanks so much for that information! They are a lot less troublesome, huh? Thats good to know! Thank you! I am going to do some research on some tree diseases so I can take care of the apricot tree and the cherry tree properly.

Thanks for all the info!

Jared

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