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brown turkey fig fruit bowl

Popular Fig Varieties

There are some 800 species of figs, genus Ficus, but the ones that we grow for the delicious fruits are all varieties of Ficus carica, the common fig.     The edible figs (that is, common figs) do not require cross pollination, so you need only one tree to get fruits. Learn more about why […]

hummingbird pollination flowers

Pollination in Fruit Trees

Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains from the male part of a blossom to the female part of a blossom. Fertilization occurs within the ovary when a sperm cell from a pollen grain unites with an egg to produce an embryo which then develops into a seed. After fertilization, the ovary that contains the […]

Granny Smith Apple

Fruit Trees for the Midwest

There are many different kinds of fruit trees that are well adapted for growing in the American Midwest. The backyard orchardist can choose from popular apple, pear, Asian pear, peach, nectarine, cherry, and plum tree varieties. A little more obscure, but just as much fun to grow are persimmons and pawpaws. Growing your own fruit […]