Growing Fruit Trees: Novel Concepts and Practices for Successful Care and Management

Overview

Everything the serious gardener needs to know about cultivating fifteen different types of fruit trees for rapid, high-quality fruit production.
Jean-Marie Lespinasse and Évelyne Leterme, fruit tree specialists based in France, explain the unique conditions and requirements of fifteen different types of trees—almond, apple, apricot, cherry, chestnut, fig, grape, hazelnut, kiwi, olive, peach, pear, plum, quince, and walnut. From understanding climatic limitations and tree ...

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Overview

Everything the serious gardener needs to know about cultivating fifteen different types of fruit trees for rapid, high-quality fruit production.
Jean-Marie Lespinasse and Évelyne Leterme, fruit tree specialists based in France, explain the unique conditions and requirements of fifteen different types of trees—almond, apple, apricot, cherry, chestnut, fig, grape, hazelnut, kiwi, olive, peach, pear, plum, quince, and walnut. From understanding climatic limitations and tree morphology to selecting rootstock varieties and mastering fertilization technique, principles of training, and proper harvesting methods, this manual provides an in-depth study of fruit tree cultivation for landscape designers, arborists, horticulturalist, and serious gardeners alike. By respecting the natural characteristics and habits of the trees, you will learn sensitive, effective interventions to ensure strong, healthy fruit tree development. Technical details are elegantly and clearly illustrated in more than 300 full-color photographs and drawings, supplemented by a comprehensive glossary and resource list.

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Editorial Reviews

G. S. Howell - CHOICE
“[A]n an excellent collection of information.... The photographs, figures, and tables are outstanding and facilitate understanding and clarify issues that would have required many additional words to achieve similar clarity.... Growing Fruit Trees was a pleasure for the mind and a joy for the eyes—a delightful work. Highly recommended.”
Jane Berger - Garden Design Online
“[C]omprehensive, easy to understand, and probably the best I've read so far on the subject.... An essential volume for designers with clients who wish to have producing fruit and nut trees in their gardens.”
The Garden
“If followed, there is no doubt that this book will set the reader on the right direction to producing good quality and regular crops of fruit. . . . For a horticultural student who sees fruit-growing as part of their future, then this book is excellent. For the aspiring fruiticulteur, it is a must.”
Landscape Architecture Magazine
“More than 300 full-color photos and drawings elegantly illustrate the technical details, making this a valuable resource for landscape designers, arborists, horticulturists, and serious gardeners.”
Englewood Review of Books
“[E]ssential…. [E]xtraordinarily helpful…. [A] beautiful book, not only in its abundant color photographs and diagrams, but also in its approach to the care of fruit trees…. [A] lovely and useful book.”
Reference and Research Book News
“Tree-growers on any scale will benefit from the detailed information, attractively presented, with plenty of photos.”
Midwest Book Review
“[P]erfect for gardeners and horticultural libraries alike.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732566
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/9/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 541,937
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-­Marie Lespinasse, worked at the Bordeaux-Aquitaine branch of the National Institute for Agricultural Research in France from 1962 to 2000. He is a specialist in the breeding and study of fruit trees.

Évelyn Leterme is the founder and director of the Conservatoire Vegetal Regional d'Aquitaine (CVRA) in France.

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