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Fruit trees, bunch grapes, and muscadines can be pruned now. Keep a close eye on the buds. As they begin to swell it’s time to fertilize. This will probably not be for several weeks yet depending on where you live. So, the best indicator is to watch the buds. It wastes nitrogen fertilizer to apply it when the plant is not growing.
Your local county Extension office has free publications on recommended pruning techniques, fertilizer rates, and frequency for fruit trees, bunch grapes, and muscadines. All Extension publications can be viewed, printed, or downloaded from the MSU Extension publication website: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications.
February brings the arrival of home orchard plants at most garden centers, farmer’s co-ops, and nursery outlets. Blueberries, grapes, pecans, blackberries, muscadines, peaches, apples, plums, and nectarines are just a few of the choices facing the homeowner. Be sure and select a variety that is recommended for Mississippi. Your county Extension office or a knowledgeable salesperson can help you with your selection. When planting your selection, the hole should be 3 to 5 times as wide as the root ball, but not any deeper than the root ball. Water the plants well.