This is the fifth (alphabetically) of a 20 volume set. I give the set as a whole very high marks, and this particular volume gives general information about growing a number of different kinds of fruits. I have used this volume less than some of the others, because I mostly just let the wild fruits fend for themselves and then pick them. But I have used it to learn pruning and also some care for strawberries
This volume, Fruits and Berries, begins with discussion of full-size and dwarf trees, and even fruit gardens.
Topics covered in the book are
Quite detailed information on zone in the United States, with extra emphasis on the North, South and West, and specifically California
Fruits in Containers
How to choose suitable containers for small trees and shrubs, and how to maintain them.
Planting and Care
What you need to know about how fruits grow to keep them healthy and producing. Includes a section on common pests.
Pruning and Training
All fruits need pruning, and this also talks about how to train vines and trees into both natural and formal shapes
Encyclopedia of Fruits and Berries
Most of these volumes end with pictures and text about a number of plants. This one is no exception. Almost half of the book is given to this, because of the many varieties of each type of fruit that is available. Of course, not every variety will be found here, particularly very recent ones, but there is good solid information. Whether you are looking for strawberries and apples, or something less well known, such as gooseberry, this book has a good list.
I didn’t give it a full 5 points because so many new varieties of fruits are developed every year that this is sure to be dated. However, it does a good job of collecting basic care of fruits into one handy location.
This set of books was published in 1981 by Ortho for the American Horticultural Society. I signed up on one of those “get one book every 6 weeks and stop when you want” deals. I was determined to come up with the money to get the entire set, and managed to do just that. At the time each volume cost about $15. I now find that they are considered rare and the volumes I am able to locate on line are selling more in the $30 range. The books are richly illustrated with color photographs which do a good job of expanding the text.
Each book is 8.5 x 11.25 inches, hardcover, and 144 pages including the index. The bindings could be higher quality; they are tending to crack.
If you pick up the softcover Ortho books from the racks at your local garden center, you will find some of the same pictures, and some overlap of information, but this encyclopedia goes into more detail and covers many more topics than the Ortho series.