This web site provides a resource for anyone seeking information about growing tree fruit and other shrub and bush fruits in our western Washington climate. Much of the information included here is from the Fruit Horticulture Program that was located at WSU Mount Vernon Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center from 1965 until 2009. Information on this web site is suitable for urban home orchardists and local small farmers, particularly those in the startup process who may lack broad experience in horticulture. There is an increased demand for information from people who wish to grow their own fruit, and there is increased interest in locally produced fruit that is sustainably grown. The Web site includes reports, Extension publications, and links to sources for further information.
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Selected Upcoming Events
- Fruit Field Days – see agenda for current information.
- Western Cascade Fruit Society Events Calendar
- Salt Spring Island Apple Festival (Salt Spring Island, B.C.), September 28, 2014.
- Cloud Mountain Farm: Fall Fruit Festival, October 4 & 5, 2014.
- WWFRF: Apple and Pear Day, October 11, 2014.
- City Fruit: Cider & Apple Juice Basics, October 12, 2014.
- Cloud Mountain Farm: Hard Cider Workshop, October 18, 2014.
- Home Orchard Society: All About Fruit Show (Canby, OR), October 18 & 19, 2014.
- Raintree Nursery: Cider Making & Fruit Tasting, October 25, 2014.
- STFS: Fall Fruit Show, October 25, 2014.
- EARLY NOTICE: Business of Making Hard Cider, December 13, 2014.
Contact the Extension office in your county for information, events and scheduled tree fruit programs in your area
Western Washington Fruit Extension Publications
Extension Fact Sheet FS141E
In addition to the publication there is an Excel worksheet available: Download (zip file - 56kb)
2013 Cost Estimation of Establishing a Cider Apple Orchard in Western Washington (09/2014) Order online.
Bulletin PNW 621
Hard Cider Production and Orchard Management in the Pacific Northwest (11/2010) Order online.
Bulletin EB 0937
Fruit Handbook for Western Washington: Varieties and Culture (04/2013 – PDF) or order by calling 1-800-723-1763 or order online.
Bulletin EB 2002
New Alternative Fruit Crops for Western Washington (3/2006 – PDF) or order a printed version.
Growing Wine Grapes in Maritime Western Washington ( 3/2012 – PDF) or order online.
TF001 – Propagating Dessert and Cider Apples with Chip Bud Grafting
Bulletin EB 1809 – Crabapples for Western Washington Landscapes (2/1996) or order a print copy.
Bulletin EB 1804 – Growing Jonagold in Western Washington (9/1995) or order a print copy.
Bulletin EB 1640 – Growing Small Fruits for the Home Garden (7/1992) or order a print copy.
Bulletin EB 1436 – Apple Cultivars for Puget Sound (6/1987)
Bulletin PNW 0400 – Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard (4/1992) or order a print copy.
More fruit publications
NEW Training Course from WSU Extension: Propagating Dessert and Cider Apples with Chip Bud Grafting now available, see promotional video.
Spotted Wing Drosophila
SWD in Sweet Cherry – Fact Sheet
Apple Insect Pests: Apple Maggot & Codling Moth
Web Resources: Tree fruit and alternative fruits for western Washington
Fruit Handbook for Western Washington: Pruning (March 2010)
Organic Vineyard Establishment: Trellis and Planting Stock Considerations (March 2010)
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