Apples, pears and other pome fruit
Pome fruits are members of the plant family Rosaceae, sub-family pomoideae. They are fruits that have a "core" of several small seeds, surrounded by a tough membrane. The membrane is encased in an edible layer of flesh. Trees are deciduous and have a dormant winter period that requires cold temperatures for the tree to properly break dormancy in spring.
Apples, pears, nashi and quince are pome fruits, grown from spring blossom and harvested from late summer through to late autumn.
Apples are a major crop in NSW, with most grown in Batlow and Orange. Smaller amounts of apples are grown in the Sydney basin, Forbes and the Northern Tablelands. Pears and nashi are a minor commercial crop in NSW, grown in similar areas to apples.
- Apple varieties
- Apple rootstock identification
- Apple and pear nutrition
- Intensive apple orchard systems
- Crab apples as pollinators
- Growing cider apples
- Additional cider varieties
Other pome fruit
Pests, diseases and disorders
- Apple and pear scab
- Bitter pit in apples
- Bitter rot of apple
- Boron deficiency (cork) in pome fruits
- Harlequin bug in apple orchards
- Integrated Pest Management for Australian apples & pears
- Orchard plant protection guide
- Watercore of apples
- Zinc deficiency in apples
Laboratory testing services are available for agricultural water, soil fertility, plant nutrition, chemical residues, and insect and plant pathogen identifications.