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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 below to learn more about a particular area of backyard fruit production.
Click on one of the icons near the bottom of the page to download handy reference charts that may be printed out or viewed in a separate window. Usually requires Adobe Reader or another pdf reading 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 Ask Grandpa! or send an email to AskGrandpa@GrandpasOrchard.com. We will try to get an answer to you that reflects Grandpa's wisdom and fruit growing philosophy.
Additional Links of Interest
- Bareroot or Containerized
- BYFG Benefits
- How big a hole?
- Planting it "Just right!"
- Variety Selection
- Soil and Site Basics
- UPS delivered my trees, now what!
- When is the best time to plant?
- Planning Your Orchard
- Pollination Basics
- Rootstocks and Spacing made simple!
- Chilling Hours Explained
- Fertilizing and Compost
- Fruit tree grades explained
- Soil Additives
- Pollination Charts
- Rootstock and Spacing
- Chilling Hour Charts
- Maturity Charts
- Variety Gazette
- Quick Planting Guide
- Hardiness Zones
Download Additional Information
A Quick Planting Guide
Updated in 2012--- Grandpa's Quick Planting Guide that is included in every order shipped.
Apple Maturity Chart (pdf)
Updated for 2013! Use this guide to help determine approximate ripening times for almost all the apple varieties offered at Grandpa's Orchard.
Apple Pollination Chart---4 pages.
Updated for 2013! 4 page chart that includes almost all the apple varieties that are offered by Grandpa's Orchard.
Apricot & Peach Maturity Chart
Use this handy chart to help determine approximate ripening times for apricot and peach only.
Cherry & Plum Maturity Chart
Use this handy chart to help determine approximate ripening times for plums, sweet and tart cherries.
Cherry Pollination Chart
Updated for 2013! Use this handy guide to determine which sweet cherry varieties will pollinate each other. Info on tart cherry also.
Chilling Hour Map-USA
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!
Chilling Hours - Apple
Use this handy guide to help understand chilling hour requirements for apples.
Chilling Hours - Pears
Use this guide to help understand chilling hour requirements for pears.
Chilling Hours - Stone Fruit
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.
Pear-Asian Pollination Chart
Use this handy chart to help determine the best pollinators for Asian or Oriental pears.
Pear-European Pollination Chart
Use this handy guide to help determine the best pollinators for European pears.