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You can grow fruit in Colorado!

There are many varieties of fruits that can be easily grown in Colorado. Tree fruits such as apples and plums are well known, but berries and bush fruits can be a prolific and sometimes easier choice as well.

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NEW! Video Series: Berries for the Colorado Garden

This series of videos covers basic growing recommendations, variety choices and tips on home fruit production. Watch an individual segment or the full webinar by clicking on the icon or title below:


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Strawberries (19:11)

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Blueberries (6:05)

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Grapes (13:34)

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Full Webinar: Berries for the Colorado Garden (1:12:14)

This is the full webinar on growing berries in Colorado.

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Berry and Bush Fruits

There are many berries and bush fruits that will do well in Colorado’s Climate. See below for general tips and specific crop information:

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References and Review Questions: Small Fruits, CMG GardenNotes #760

SMALL FRUITS: Blackberries, Currants, Elderberries, Gooseberries, Grapes, Raspberries, Serviceberries and Strawberries

Growing Blackberries in Colorado Gardens – CMG GardenNotes #762

Currants – Planttalk #1214

Currants, Gooseberries and Jostaberries – Fact Sheet #7.005

Elderberries– Planttalk #1212

Gooseberries – Planttalk #1215

Growing Grapes in Colorado Gardens – CMG GardenNotes #764

Grapes – Planttalk #1203

Growing Raspberries in Colorado Gardens – CMG GardenNotes #761

Preparing raspberries for winter – Planttalk #1222

Raspberries – Planttalk #1207

Raspberry Cane Borer– Planttalk #1478

Raspberry pruning demystified – Planttalk # 1218

Serviceberries – Planttalk #1213

Growing Strawberries in Colorado Gardens – CMG GardenNotes #763

Strawberries – Planttalk #1208

Strawberry Diseases – Fact Sheet #2.931


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Fruit Trees

Fruit trees can be grown across Colorado but are most commonly seen on the Western Slope. Whether you are growing fruit trees along the Front Range or in other regions of the state, the following information can help your fruit trees produce a better harvest:

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Growing Tree Fruits in Colorado Gardens, CMG GardenNotes #771

Fertilizing Fruit Trees – Fact Sheet #7.612

Fertilizing Fruit Trees – Planttalk #1216

Insect Control: Horticultural Oils – Fact Sheet #5.569  

IPM: Plant Health Care – GardenNotes #101

Pollination of Tree Fruits – Fact Sheet #7.002

Pruning – Training and Pruning Fruit Trees – Fact Sheet #7.003

Pruning – Training Young Fruit Trees – Planttalk #1211

Pruning Mature Fruit Trees – Planttalk #1210

References and Review Questions: Tree Fruits, CMG GardenNotes #770

POME FRUITS: Apples, Pears, Quince, etc.

Apples – Planttalk #1201

Apricots – Planttalk #1209

Backyard Orchard: Apples and Pears [pest management] – Fact Sheet #2.800

Fire Blight – Fact Sheet #2.907

Fire Blight – Planttalk #1411

Pear Slug – Fact Sheet #5.560

Pears – Planttalk #1205


STONE FRUITS: Peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, etc.

Backyard Orchard: Stone Fruits [pest management] – Fact Sheet #2.804

Cherries – Planttalk #1202

Coryneum Blight – Fact Sheet #2.914

Coryneum Blight – Planttalk #1444

Oystershell Scale – Planttalk #1414  

Peach Tree Borer – Fact Sheet #5.566

Peaches – Planttalk #1204

Plums – Planttalk #1206

Spider Mites – Fact Sheet #5.507

Tent Caterpillar – Planttalk #1484


External Resources

Intermountain Tree Fruit Commercial Production Guide

The Intermountain Commercial Tree Fruit Production Guide covers pest management and general production issues for growing healthy fruit in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Montana. It was created for commercial growers and contains advanced terms and commercial recommendations that are not always available to home gardeners.