Archive for the ‘Fruit tree & berries, planting and care’ Category

flying dragon tree

The cold hardiest citrus is an interesting addition to the northern edible landscape. At Cricket Hill Garden, we have sturdy 2-3 year old seedlings, organically grown (non-certified), available for spring and fall shipping.

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Walking through our newly planted orchard at Cricket Hill Garden on a cold, clear day in winter our eyes are drawn to the dormant buds on our fruit trees and shrubs. Distinguishing between vegetative leaf buds and flower buds is a good skill to develop, especially as the late winter pruning season approaches. Also, though it is certainly a case of eating your pawpaws before their ripe, one’s mouth can’t help but begin to salivate looking at all these fat flower buds.


Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a large fruited native tree. The leaf buds are narrow and close to the stem. The flower buds are round and usually found lower down on a branch than the leaf buds.


Pear (Pyrus ssp.) leaf buds form on one year old growth.


Pear (in this case Asian pear Pyrus ussuriensis)  flower buds form on 2-3 year old wood. These buds may develop into fruit spurs in future years.


Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) buds are rather inconspicuous and held close to the branch on 1st year growth.


Apricot flower buds form in small clusters.


Persimmons (Diospyros ssp.) flower off of new growth, so flower buds will not be apparent until growth commences in the spring.


Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) vegetative buds appear on first year, reddish colored stems, while flower buds are plumper and form on older growth.

Have a look at edibles section of our website for plants which will add beauty to your garden and bounty to your table.

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black current tag

At Cricket Hill Garden we appreciate black currants for their versatility in the landscape. They fruit well in partially shaded locations where other fruiting plants would fail. We have very nice ‘Consort‘ black currant plants for spring shipping. This cultivar is desirable because it is self-fertile and resistant the white pine blister rust.

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rasperry care sheet

Raspberries are easy to grow and add a wonderful dash of sweetness to any landscape. We are pleased to offer the summer bearing cultivar ‘Taylor‘ for spring shipping.

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asian pear hang tag:care sheet

We have grown a few varieties of Asian pears at Cricket Hill Garden for decades. Over the last few years we have planted many new varieties and look forward to evaluating these in the future. This year, we are finally able to begin to offer the ‘Tsu Li’ Chinese pear for sale, and hope to have a larger selection later this year. Our pear trees are organically grown (non-certified) by Cricket Hill Garden. They are strong young trees grafted on to cold hardy P. ussuriensis rootstock.

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