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Proper fruit cultivar (variety) selection is important for successful and satisfying results from the home gardener's efforts. Selection should be based on family preferences, available space and intended use of the fruits. Harvest can be spread over several weeks if cultivars with different periods of maturity are planted.
It is important that homeowners select the kinds of fruit plants or cultivars that are best adapted for cultivation in their area of the state. They must have adequate hardiness to survive the winter, heat and drought tolerance to thrive in the summer, and the ability to survive spring frosts.