Need advice on fruit tree care. Photos included

goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20July 12, 2012

I have been lurking this forum for the better part of a year and have finally decided to ask the community for help on various fruit trees that are currently on my property.

I planted a royal lee and minnie royal both on 3cr178 rootstock (from bay laurel nursery) this January (2012). I was expecting a year old whips, but was surprised as I received much older trees. Because of this I was apprehensive of heading the whip a knee high as Tom Spellman and other experts advise. I decided to head the trees a lot higher than that. The trees put on a ridiculous amount of growth. I wanted to train them to a central leader but the problem is that they are not in balance and there is not much lateral branching. I was hoping to get advise as to how to prune the trees as well as if I should continue trying to grow the trees to a central leader or train them to an open vase system?

Notice that there is no significant branching on the right most branch (central leader).

The second cherry tree has branched lower than the other tree but the central leader has not put out higher scaffolds

I would appreciate advice on how much to prune on trees (1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1/5, etc.)

I also purchased a potted parfianka pomegranate from a local nursery. When I brought it home it was very healthy looking. Since it was very hot I decided not to plant it until it cooled down. I water it every 7 to 10 days However, it has deteriorated rapidly. Its leaves have yellowed and fall off at the slightest touch. Should I plant the tree even though it is hot? Or maybe the pot is too small or the plastic pot becomes too hot?

I was also looking for advice on how to train a guava tree Open center or central leader?

Finally, Should I summer prune this 4-in-1 apple or just wait until winter?

Thank you for your time.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Watering that potted pomegranate every 7-10 days isn't nearly enough. You should water every day or every other day, preferably in morning. It may less now that it is nearly dead and won't be using much water. I'd imagine it was being watered every day at the nursery. Don't drown it just try to keep it moist by checking every day.

If you want more branching on your trees head them this winter.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 5:56PM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

I want to thank you Fruitnut for you wonderful advice, it seems the pomegranate has reacted well to more frequent sprinkling of water. I am surprised that the tree reacted so quickly. Anyway, here are some pics of the progress.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 1:38PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Egads. Soak your pomegranate pot, don't sprinkle it :-) We have been very hot here in Calif these last few weeks. Once it has recovered, and you see new flush, fertilize it with some citrus fertilizer, watering in well. Wait until things cool off a wee bit and then plant it in the ground. They are deciduous, so don't be surprised if the leaves drop in the fall. Parfianka is a delicious variety, good choice. And don't be afraid to take your cherry trees way down. They act like David Austin roses do here, grow like weeds. I had to prune away about 4' of new growth on mine this year, it was crazy.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:25PM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

i was using sprinkle in a relative sense as i was drowning it before. since i started watering less but every other day (2.5 wks) the tree has grown, put out new leaves, as well as several flowers.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:39PM
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