Grandpa was a fruit grower all his life, so he became a real fountain of backyard fruit growing knowledge, wisdom and common sense for his friends. Not only did he know how to grow the best fruit for the market, he knew what worked well for the garden orchard, too.
Click on a subject in the green box on the right to learn more about a particular area of backyard fruit production.
Click on one of the icons below to download handy reference charts. Usually requires EXCEL, WORD, or other programs in order to open properly.
Beware! Ole Grandpa can get a little pithy when it comes to talking about planting, pollination, spring or fall planting, soil additives, trimming, training, fertilizing, critters, harvesting, mulching, dwarf or semi-dwarf, spraying, chemicals, pesticides, fungicides, organic, etcetera...even about Grandma too!
If the answer isn't here, you can always
|Bareroot or Containerized|
|How big a hole?|
|Planting it "Just right!"|
|Soil and Site Basics|
|UPS delivered my trees, now what!|
|When is the best time to plant?|
|Planning Your Orchard|
|Grandpa's fruit tree grades explained|
|Rootstocks and Spacing made simple!|
|Chilling Hours Explained|
Updated in 2012--- Grandpa's Quick Planting Guide that is included in every order shipped.
Updated for 2013! Use this guide to help determine approximate ripening times for almost all the apple varieties offered at Grandpa's Orchard.
Updated for 2013! 4 page chart that includes almost all the apple varieties that are offered by Grandpa's Orchard.
Use this handy chart to help determine approximate ripening times for apricot and peach only.
Use this handy chart to help determine approximate ripening times for plums, sweet and tart cherries.
Updated for 2013! Use this handy guide to determine which sweet cherry varieties will pollinate each other. Info on tart cherry also.
Use this Chilling Hour map as a REFERENCE ONLY. Chilling hours are quite variable within regions and this map may not reflect your region accurately!
Use this handy guide to help understand chilling hour requirements for apples.
Use this guide to help understand chilling hour requirements for pears.
Use this guide to help understand chilling hour requirements for stone fruits--- peach, nectarine, apricot, plum, and cherry.
Use this handy chart to help determine the approximate ripening times for both European and Asian pears.
Use this handy chart to help determine the best pollinators for Asian or Oriental pears.
Use this handy guide to help determine the best pollinators for European pears.