Desert Institute of Gardening ONLINE: Fruit Trees for Backyard Gardeners in the Low Desert
Backyard gardeners can have a wide variety of fruit-bearing trees in the low desert. Learn how to select varieties for success in our unique environment.
Learn best practices to care for your trees, achieve maximum production and do it in a research based, environmentally responsive way.
Transplants to the desert Southwest may not be able to bring their favorites from back home but there are many other fruits to explore.
Master Gardener Debora Moritz will guide you through the process from selection to harvest.
- Identify five criteria for selecting fruit trees for your yard.
- Understand what root stock is and how it impacts fruit tree success.
- Identify the If, Why and How options to prune your fruit trees.
- Identify the ways to achieve pollination success.
- Understand best practices for watering and fertilization of your fruit trees.
- Identify one new variety to explore.
Speaker: Debora Moritz grew up in Wisconsin on a family farm. Apple and black walnut trees dotted the yard. Her career in commercial banking collided with agriculture in the desert southwest when she became
the supervising officer over operations at Arizona's largest citrus ranch. She is a graduate of the Desert Botanical Gardens Desert Landscaping School.
She is a regular speaker on citrus, fruit trees, agaves and more at the Maricopa County Home Shows.