Growing Fruit Trees – The Basics and Beyond: Guest Susan Poizner

On Today’s Podcast Episode, Harold Has A Conversation With Author and Radio and Podcast Host Susan Poizner. They talk about all things Fruit Trees, from picking the right trees to plant, tree maintenance, and how to ensure a healthy organic harvest.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 220 – September 20, 2023

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

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Cultivating a Fruitful Homestead: Insights from Urban Orchardist Susan Poizner

Introduction to Susan Poizner’s Journey in Urban Orcharding

Susan Poizner, an acclaimed urban orchardist from Toronto, Canada, shares her journey from a novice gardener to an expert in fruit tree care. Despite starting with no experience in gardening, her passion for trees and dedication to learning has led her to become an instructor at Niagara College in Ontario, author of the award-winning “Growing Urban Orchards” book, and creator of the online fruit tree care training program at

The Transformative Power of Gardening

Susan’s entry into the world of gardening began with planting tomatoes, which ignited a love for growing plants. This experience opened her eyes to the importance and beauty of trees, leading her to establish a community orchard in her local park.

Overcoming Community Resistance

In an intriguing turn of events, Susan’s initiative to plant a community orchard met with resistance from some local residents. This challenge taught her the importance of addressing community concerns and the need for responsible orchard management.

Pruning: The Science and Art

Susan emphasizes the significance of understanding the science behind pruning. She discusses how winter pruning can spur growth in young trees, while summer pruning can control the size of mature trees. This knowledge is crucial for maintaining a healthy and manageable orchard.

The Role of Rootstocks

Choosing the right rootstock for fruit trees is vital. While dwarf rootstocks are suitable for small spaces, they often require support. Semi-dwarf trees are robust and suitable for larger spaces, and full-sized trees, though large, provide robust root systems and longevity.

The Journey of Learning and Teaching

Susan’s experience highlights the importance of learning from mistakes and sharing knowledge. She advocates for choosing disease-resistant cultivars and conducting thorough research before planting.

Utilizing Resources for Fruit Tree Care

For those interested in learning more about fruit tree care, Susan recommends her online course, “Certificate in Fruit Tree Care,” and her book, “Growing Urban Orchards.” These resources offer extensive knowledge for both beginners and experienced gardeners.

Harvesting and Thinning

To improve fruit harvest, Susan suggests thinning the fruit on branches, allowing the tree to channel more energy into fewer fruits, resulting in larger and tastier produce. She also recommends removing all fruit from newly planted trees for the first two years to encourage root development.

Conclusion: A Fruitful Endeavor

Susan Poizner’s journey in urban orcharding showcases the transformative power of trees and the importance of community involvement and education in gardening. Her insights into pruning, rootstock selection, and fruit tree care provide valuable lessons for homesteaders and gardeners alike, emphasizing the joy and rewards of growing fruit trees.