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Winter Fruit Tree Maintenance & Selection 

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (FREE)  | January 4 | San Juan Bautista
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In the Garden

Winter Fruit Tree Maintenance & Selection

A few notes about winter fruit tree maintenance and fruit tree selection:

  • While fruit trees are dormant, it's a good idea to consider pruning them to improve tree structure and encourage fruit production. Our upcoming fruit tree pruning workshop will show you the best techniques from an experienced Master Gardener and professional landscaper in the beautiful San Juan Bautista Historic State Park Orchard.
  • In addition to pruning, winter dormancy is the best time for about pest and disease management. Check out the UC Master Gardener Tip Sheet about Winter Pest Management in Backyard Deciduous Fruit Trees (PDF), including a list of detailed information for backyard gardens by tree type.
  • Considering adding bare root fruit trees to your garden? Don't be afraid to ask questions, as fruit tree selection for your particular microclimate and site is a critical key to home orchard success. Read this primer about fruit tree selection for the home orchard, including resource links for varieties with low-chill requirements (less than 300 hours below <45°F).
The University of California measures chill hours for each county in the state and offers a chill hour calculator. Choose the closest weather station and a date range to determine cumulative chill hours for your area.

Upcoming Classes


Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

10:00 am - noon

Cost: Free

San Juan Bautista Historic Park Orchard
2nd and Mariposa Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 93940

Winter is the best time to prune fruit trees, while they are dormant and its structure is easily seen. Proper pruning techniques encourage trees to produce the best fruit!
Join Diane Mahan, UC Master Gardener and professional landscaper, at the newly refurbished orchard at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park in San Juan Bautista. Learn the why, how and when of pruning both old-growth and newly planted fruit trees for the best structure and fruit production.

Save Your Seat for the Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

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Our all-volunteer organization offers low-cost gardening and landscaping advice to home gardeners in our beautiful Central Coast region. For more information on classes, resources and advice, please visit our website.
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