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Department of Community Sustainability

Gardening in Michigan

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  • East Michigan fruit update – April 21, 2020

    Published on April 21, 2020
    Cool temperatures have slowed fruit growth stages over the past week. Recent freezing temperatures damaged some sweet cherry flower buds.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 21, 2019

    Published on May 21, 2019
    Apple bloom is winding down in the southern few tiers of east Michigan counties. We are finally seeing bloom in strawberries across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 28, 2019

    Published on May 28, 2019
    Bloom has ended for tree fruits in the past week and strawberries are finally in full bloom. Apple thinning is the challenge for the week and fire blight risk remains high.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 4, 2020

    Published on August 4, 2020
    Much needed rain finally arrived for most of east Michigan in the past week. Blueberry and early peach harvest continue across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 21, 2020

    Published on July 21, 2020
    Two precipitation events moved over the region in the past week, bringing some much-needed relief to drought. Summer red and black raspberry and blueberry harvest continues.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 14, 2020

    Published on April 14, 2020
    Cold temperatures over the last week have slowed growth of flower and leaf buds in all fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 9, 2019

    Published on April 9, 2019
    There’s been good amount of growth of our fruit crops in the last few days, with a few crops showing the first signs of early green tip. The sod in orchards is starting to green up.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 26, 2020

    Published on May 26, 2020
    With warmer temperatures of the last week, fruit crops have taken on big swell of new growth. Bloom is almost finished for all of our fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 11, 2019

    Published on June 11, 2019
    Strawberry harvest is expected to begin late this week or over the weekend for many farms, one of the latest harvest starts for many. Apple growers need to lookout for fire blight strikes.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 30, 2020

    Published on June 30, 2020
    Strawberry harvest has finished at most farms. Summer red raspberry, sweet cherry and saskatoon harvest is getting started. A few areas received good precipitation last weekend, but drought conditions continue in most areas.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 20, 2019

    Published on August 20, 2019
    Red haven peach and fall red raspberry harvest is in full swing. Most fruit farms are experiencing dry soils with some growers seeing signs of drought stress in tree and small fruits planted this spring.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 18, 2019

    Published on June 18, 2019
    Strawberry harvest is finally underway across the region. Many fruit growers received another inch or two of precipitation in the last week.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 16, 2020

    Published on June 16, 2020
    Strawberry harvest has begun with strong consumer demand for ready picked and pick your own berries. Even with some rain over the last week, many areas have slipped into drought conditions.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 9, 2019

    Published on July 9, 2019
    Soils have quickly gone from too wet all spring and early summer to now dry. Harvest of many fruit crops is underway, including sweet cherries, saskatoons, summer red raspberries, tart cherries and black raspberries.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 16, 2019

    Published on July 16, 2019
    Soils remain dry across most of the region. Harvest continues for many fruit crops. A few blueberry farms have opened for picking and several farms are starting to pick a few of the bud berries on fall red raspberries.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 5, 2020

    Published on May 5, 2020
    Fruit growth has finally taken off with warmer temperatures over the weekend. There is freeze damage to many fruits from cold temperatures on April 22. More cold temperatures are expected over the weekend.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 19, 2019

    Published on July 19, 2019
    Trap catch of spotted wing Drosophila and cherry fruit fly spiked in the last few days in east Michigan. Act now to control them.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 14, 2019

    Published on May 14, 2019
    Apples are slowly inching toward bloom, which is just starting in the southern areas of the region. Most of our fruit crops are well over a week behind their normal growth stages.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 2, 2019

    Published on April 2, 2019
    Cold temperatures continue to hold the start of spring growth of fruit crops in east Michigan.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 2, 2020

    Published on September 2, 2020
    Much needed rain moved over the region in the past week. Apple harvest for fall varieties has started. Brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage in apples is more common.