Fruit tree questions #385126 - Ask Extension


Fruit tree questions #385126

Asked February 14, 2017, 12:50 PM EST

Hi there! We are hobby farmers that have a small, mainly established fruit tree orchard, Some trees being 30+ years old. We prefer not to use spray, but at the same time, want to have a productive orchard that can help feed our family and our livestock. We have apple, pear, cherry, plum, and fig trees in the orchard. I would love to know recommended sprays, and a spray schedule. Also, I have heard it is common for some trees to be very productive one year, and not very productive the following year… Is this normal? Last fruit trees require pollinizers? Thank you so much for your assistance!

Marion County Oregon

Expert Response


The following resources could help you manage your orchard.

The Willamette Valley Pest Management Guides:


and the PNW Management Handbooks,


Some fruit trees need pollinizers yes. Pears and cherries commonly require other pears or cherries to produce a crop. Yes, biennial bearing of fruit crops is common, particularly in backyard situations where fertility is not managed to the same level as a commercial orchard. Some varieties are more predisposed to biennial bearing too.

Nik Wiman Replied February 20, 2017, 3:07 PM EST

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