Garden strawberries are hybrid perennials prized for their sweet, aromatic red fruit. Fragoo™ strawberries are seed-propagated varieties that provide a non-stop display of attractive flowers, foliage, and fruits. They go from seed to flower in about 75 days. These "day-neutral" strawberries were introduced by Syngenta Horticultural Services, Lisle, Illinois.
Like most garden strawberries, these cultivars spread by runners to form expanding mats of three-lobed leaves. They produces conspicuous...
Scott Bauer, USDA/ARS
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to oval canopy. It originates from southeastern Europe, Siberia, and southwestern Asia and has been in cultivation for thousands of years. In spring, these trees offer sweet, fragrant flowers of light pink, white or rose, and in fall reward us with crisp, juicy apples.
These fruits have a wide variety of colors, textures and flavors and may be eaten out-of-hand,...
(Adams's Pearmain Apple, Apple, Eating Apple)
This venerable variety from England, ‘Adam’s Pearman,’ is a late-maturing dessert apple, prized for its sweet, nutty-flavored, and slightly dry flesh. The fruits are medium-sized and yellow, overlain with an orange-red blush and slight russeting (roughened, corky skin). The tree is precocious and productive.
Like most domestic apples, ‘Adam’s Pearmain’ grows and fruits best in full sun in average, well-drained soil. It is a vigorous, upright tree, suitable in a large yard as an ornamental for...
(Apple, Baking Apple)
Introduced from Russia to England (and thence the United States) in the early nineteenth century, 'Alexander' is notable for its large fruits and its exceptional vigor and cold hardiness. The plump, conical, symmetrical fruits have thick greenish yellow or orange skin with red flushing and streaking. The grainy, cream-colored flesh of this cooking or dessert apple is crisp and juicy with mild flavor. The fruits do not keep well. The vigorous, spreading, rounded tree is relatively disease resistant,...
(Apple, Grindstone Apple, Heritage Apple)
An antique variety originating in the eighteenth or early nineteenth century, 'American Pippin' is an exceptionally cold-hardy tree with long-keeping apples. The large spherical fruits have greenish yellow, pink flushed skin. The grainy, cream-colored flesh of this cider or cooking apple is firm and moderately juicy with mild flavor. The fruits store well for 6 months or more. The open, spreading tree has crooked, drooping branches.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple...
(Anna Apple, Apple, Yellow Eating Apple)
Bred in Israel, 'Anna' yields heavy crops of big sweet apples in a wide range of climates, notably climates too warm for most apples. Apples are descended from a species of deciduous tree native to southwestern Asia, a heritage that means they need the cold of winter to flower and fruit abundantly. Most need several hundred hours below 7 degrees C (45 degrees F), but 'Anna' needs fewer than 200 hours. All the same, the tree grows and fruits well in climates as cold as USDA Zone 5.
The tree is...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Apple, Arkansas Black Apple, Cooking Apple, Eating Apple)
This is an old apple cultivar, prized for its taste and for remaining in good condition months after harvest, if stored in cool, humid conditions (bagged in the fridge, for example). Fruits are hard, semi-tart, only slightly sweet (but sweeten in storage), good for eating fresh, pies, and cider. At harvest, the fruits are a dark, almost ox-blood red and darken considerably in storage. The tree is medium-sized, slightly self-fertile, a reliable but not heavy bearer, and resistant to diseases. Plant...
(Apple, Baking Apple, Beacon Apple, Eating Apple)
The classic American red apple, ‘Beacon’, is a very early introduction developed at The University of Minnesota in the 1930’s as a cross between the two varieties, ‘Malinda’ and ‘Wealthy.’ It produces apples early in the season, usually late summer to early fall, and has sweet, tart, somewhat soft flesh ideal for fresh eating or sauce making. Trees are susceptible to fire blight.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized...
(Apple, Baking Apple)
A popular commercial apple in the nineteenth century, 'Ben Davis' produces long-keeping fruits on vigorous, fast-growing trees that bear at an early age. The globular, medium to large fruits have thick yellow skin with red and carmine flushing and streaking. The somewhat coarse, cream-colored flesh of this cooking apple is firm and juicy with mild flavor. The fruits keep well for many months, with flavor improving in storage. The rounded, upright to spreading, medium-sized tree has strong weather-resistant...
(Apple, Beverly Hills Apple, Yellow Cooking Apple)
The early producing, ‘Beverly Hills, is a cool weather loving apple that’s well-adapted to the southern California climate. Its small to medium-sized fruits are beautiful pale yellow with occasional red markings. The tender flesh within is moderately tart and sweet. This is a good eating and cooking apple that produces in California as early as June.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to...