Choose the Right Tree for Organic Growing Success

The biggest mistake new growers make is choosing and planting the wrong tree

A well-chosen fruit tree will be healthy and productive. But a poorly chosen fruit tree - even with the best of care - will never thrive. In this online class, fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner will teach you the factors to consider when researching your fruit tree including climate zones, disease resistance, pollination requirements, root stock choices, staggering the harvest and more.

What you will learn in this course:

  • Why buying a fruit tree from a "big box store" may be a mistake! Specialist fruit tree nurseries have a wider selection of varieties - including easier-to-grow cultivars that are less likely to experience common fruit tree diseases.

  • How to ensure that your fruit tree produces fruit! Many fruit trees require specific pollination partners to ensure a harvest. Others require a minimum number of chill hours to set fruit.

  • Why root stock choice and planting distances are important. Your root stock choice will determine the size of your tree when mature. So a little tree at the store may become a huge tree that is hard to prune and harvest.

Course Benefits

Increase your chances of organic fruit tree growing success by ensuring that you choose a tree that will thrive in your unique conditions. Course benefits include:

  • Short Video Lessons

    This course is divided into 10-15 minute video lessons that you can watch anytime, even during your coffee break.

  • Watch Anywhere

    Go through the course at your own pace and take the lessons anywhere – on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

  • Course eBooks

    Download and print the full colour 74-page eBook that comes with this course. And refer to our specialist fruit tree resource list.

  • Two Hours of Training

    The course can be completed in as little as two hours but with 30 days access you can go though it at a pace that works for you.

  • Lifetime Access

    You can complete your course right away or tackle the videos and quizzes later on. You have lifetime access so you can refer back to the materials as needed over the years.

  • Completely Risk Free

    If you don’t like what you see we’ll offer you a full refund within 30 days of purchasing the course.

Course curriculum

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    Course Content

    • 103 Choosing the Optimal Location (Dur: 8.58)

    • 103 Quiz

    • 104 Fruit Tree Design Options (Dur: 7.14)

    • 104 Quiz

    • 105 Specialist Fruit Tree Nurseries (Dur: 3.27)

    • 105 Quiz

    • 106 Climate Zones (Dur: 8.45)

    • 106 Quiz

    • 107 Disease Resistant Trees (Dur: 4.34)

    • 107 Quiz

    • 108 Pollination Requirements (Dur: 14.43)

    • 108 Quiz

    • 109 Root Stock Choices (Dur: 8.00)

    • 109 Quiz

    • 110 Staggering the Harvest (Dur: 6.27)

    • 110 Quiz

    • 111 Fruit Uses, Native & Heirloom Trees (Dur: 8.26)

    • 111 Quiz

  • 3

    Advanced Growing Systems

    • 112 Advanced Rootstock Choices (Dur: 14.37)

    • 112 Quiz

    • 113 More Trees in a Small Space (Dur: 7.04)

    • 113 Quiz

    • 114 Decorative Espalier (Dur: 12.07)

    • 114 Quiz

  • 4

    Next Steps

    • Where to Go from Here? (Dur: 2.23)

    • Integrating Fruit Trees eBook (66 pages)

    • Fruit Tree Nursery Resource List (6-pages)

Bonus Heirloom Fruit Tree Nursery Poster

Sign up for this course and receive this poster free of charge.

Specialist fruit tree nurseries have been around for centuries to supply growers with a wide range of cultivars that can be suited to many different growing environments. This poster, which you can download with a white or green background, is designed with pages from a fruit tree nursery catalogue from 1912! (Retail value is $14.95)
Fruit tree nursery poster

Course Reviews

5 star rating

A great introduction full of considerations

Joseph Lance

Researching Fruit Trees was a great introduction to many topics related to planning for and choosing fruit trees for your growing project! The material is presented clearly and accessibly through high-quality audio and slides/photos. Even for some...

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Researching Fruit Trees was a great introduction to many topics related to planning for and choosing fruit trees for your growing project! The material is presented clearly and accessibly through high-quality audio and slides/photos. Even for someone who knows about trees and works as a Certified Arborist, there were things that I was happy to learn about. I think my favourite new information was about chill hours, and tip- versus spur-bearing trees. Understanding some of the options for high-density and espalier plantings was very interesting and has me dreaming of what I might do once I have some property to plant. Many thanks, Susan and the Orchard People team!

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5 star rating

Well organized, informative and worthwhile course

Janet Cox

I had the opportunity to take the "Researching Fruit Trees" course during my January season of learning...when it's a bit cold to plant outside. I enjoyed the course. It is very well organized, with well illustrated points. Susan is an enthusia...

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I had the opportunity to take the "Researching Fruit Trees" course during my January season of learning...when it's a bit cold to plant outside. I enjoyed the course. It is very well organized, with well illustrated points. Susan is an enthusiastic and effective presenter. It would be excellent for an aspiring small scale fruit farmer, with a nice mix of inspiration and education. As an experienced gardener, it is a great refresher, and I finished understanding some tree biology that I thought I knew...but now understand better. The real life exercise of putting together a tree order was an excellent reality check! I'm super excited about the trees I've ordered, and teetering on the edge of tackling a living apple fence. Great idea to take this before getting to far down the orchard path.

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5 star rating

Great Course!!!

Jessica Vinski

This course has tons of information and I feel like I'm ready to go out and buy some fruit trees!!

This course has tons of information and I feel like I'm ready to go out and buy some fruit trees!!

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Course Tuition

Course includes two hours of video content, 14 mini-quizzes and a 66-page eBook.

Your Instructor

Learn with fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner of OrchardPeople.com

Susan Poizner

Director, OrchardPeople.com

Susan Poizner in an urban orchardist, fruit tree care educator and ISA Certified Arborist. She is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the fruit tree care training website at OrchardPeople.com. Susan is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and an instructor of Fruit Production at Niagara College in Ontario. Susan lives in Toronto, Canada.

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