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What to Know When Selecting the Right Fruit Tree

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sat, Oct, 06, 2018 @ 16:10 PM

After chatting with gardeners over the years, one topic they can't get enough of is fruit trees. Whether discussing soil prep, planting, proper care or pruning techniques, many want to know how to get the maximum yield from their fruit trees. We were thrilled to interview a renowned fruit tree expert on Corona’s Green Industry Leaders Network, #Treechat podcast series.

Selecting the right fruit tree variety for your zone is the first step in the process. Nurseries offering disease-resistant varieties, ordering your tree at the right time, and planting it in the right spot at the right time of year, can help ensure a bountiful harvest each season.

Our guest on this #treechat podcast is Susan Poizner. Susan is an urban orchardist, journalist, author of the award-winning Growing Urban Orchards  and the creator of, an online training program for fruit tree care. She is also the host of the Urban Forestry Radio show and podcast. Susan started the Urban Orchard movement in 2010 to inspire, educate and empower gardeners to grow fruit both organically and successfully.

On this episode, we interviewed Susan to learn more about her experiences growing fruit trees and her brilliant training series, Orchard People.








Key discussion points for include:

  • What's an urban orchard?
  • How and why did you start Orchard People in 2010?
  • Why is the choice of appropriate varieties so important for success?
  • What to do before you plant? What are “Dwarfing Rootstocks”?
  • What is the best way to water your fruit trees?
  • Why don’t some trees ever fruit?
  • How does specialized fruit tree pruning differ from pruning ornamental plants?
  • When is the best time to prune and how does the time of year affect your fruit trees?

Listen Now, Chat Later

GILN Social Media IconSince 2010, Corona along with its industry partners have hosted tree-related topics via Twitter.  Our podcast format gives chat participants an opportunity to hear the chat take place, and then connect live with the host and guests. It's an opportunity to ask questions about the podcast, the general topic discussed or get more information on something that was shared.

Download and subscribe to the Green Industry Leaders Network podcast on Simplecast, iTunes or Google Play.

Join Us Live via Twitter

The live discussion takes place on 10/9/18 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET. To join the discussion, log on to Twitter and search for #treechat. If you are using Twitter, be sure to select "Latest" at the top to see the latest tweets.

So listen to the podcast while you garden, or as you commute to the office, then join us for the live chat. And please share the good news on your favorite social networks too!


Be sure to connect with both our guest and with us on all our websites and social media networks. Connect with Chris at Corona Tools on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Connect with Susan Poizner on social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics: #treechat, fruit trees

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