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For some reason I've never been able to figure out how many chill hours we get here. This is good info for me to have. Love your blog! Since I'm looking into adding to my blueberry patch, this info will help a lot! I am so glad I read this! Im looking to buy about 8 trees. Citrus, fruits and an Olive tree. Thanks for the great advice! LauraBee, if you live in the warm areas of California, choose the southern highbush varieties of blueberries.
They do great here! Fred, I couldn't agree more! I'm a long time garden employee of a big box. This year our selection of "bareroot" stock in particularly disapointing. I make sure my customers check the Western Garden Book for favored varieties.
I also post your monthly to-dos and refer them to your programs. I've bought from big box, independent nurseries, and online specialists. Your blog is too generalizing. Local nurseries don't grow the stock they sell, they order just like big box stores. What is the difference between a 5 gallon pulp pot Elberta peach grown by Dave Wilson and bought at the big box or local nursery? Just the price usually. Local nurseries do have greater selection, however both local nursery and big box stores will special order what you want usually.
For ordering online I suggest people check the "garden watchdog" at Dave's garden website. It's customer reviewed online nurseries. To Anonymous While your point that there are not a lot of differences in the trees if they are the same variety is true, the local garden center orders their trees, usually from a local grower, and they look for something that will perform well in their area to insure success for their customers.
A lot of the box store buying is done in volume from one location for regions located in several different climate zones. I don't think a lot of thought goes into that process other than a peach or a nectarine and a price that can be sold as inexpensively as possible. As Fred mentioned, take along the Sunset Western Book or other materials that can be researched online when you shop for your fruit trees. If you are one that has some knowledge and have done the research, you may well find a gem here or there in the box store.
If you are not sure, I would bet that your local independent nursery or garden center has people on staff with the knowledge to help. What about the rootstock?
That is just as important as the variety of fruit that is grafted on to it. If you buy a tree with a rootstock that likes well drained soil for a backyard with heavy soil then that is just as bad as buying a low chill variety for a high chill area.
I disagree with the idea that there aren't many good tasting low chill varieties. That is three of the top ten. They all do well in my San Diego backyard. I agree with everything else. It is an eye opener for anyone blindly buying fruit trees at a big box store or local nursery.
This is one of the best articles I've read in along time Great Info Fred! I would love to know that too. I haven't bough a tree since Baker Nursery went out of business 2 years ago. They were the last nursery in the Northern Sacramento I area that I have found to have trees in sawdust. Advice given is fine for the area you are in, but not if you live in a coastal area where low chill requirements for fruit trees are a must. Buyer Beware!
Mid-winter is bare root fruit tree shopping time here. And who can't resist a bargain? This is the time of year to find truly inexpensive, fruit or nut-bearing trees.
But beware. Unlike local, independent nurseries that tend to stock fruit and nut varieties that perform well in your locale, the box stores get in varieties that may be better off at their sister box store Case in point:.
The bare root fruit trees available at the box store took up about six pallets, approximately 20 trees per pallet, each with their root ball encased in a sealed plastic bag. If you read the blog post about choosing and planting bare root fruit trees , you know that examining the roots is an important selection criteria.
You're looking for healthy roots! Kinda hard to do that when the roots are in plastic. To the casual shopper, the reaction might be: "Oh boy, peaches and nectarines! But to the Sacramento-area gardener who came armed with a copy of the Sunset Western Garden Book or the online catalog of wholesale fruit tree grower Dave Wilson Nursery , the reaction is probably: "These are all low chill varieties, better suited to the desert!
Yep, it is not unusual for the sales staff at the headquarters for a large chain store to choose fruit tree varieties based on price and appropriateness for the majority of its customers lots more people down in So Cal. Hence, their selections may include trees better suited for warmer winter areas. Or, someone at big box store headquarters thinks Sacramento is in the desert. Fruit trees need a certain number of "chill hours" during the winter in order to induce dormancy to allow them to produce well the following spring and summer.
A "chill hour" is any hour below 45 degrees, between November and February. Here in the Central Valley, chill hours are normal. Right now, in late January, the total chill hours for parts of Sacramento County is nearly hours.
That total is plenty for most peach and nectarine varieties, including the tastiest ones. In Southern California, "chill hours" don't amount to much. Many parts of Los Angeles and Orange County right now have accumulated less than chill hours. So, the only deciduous fruit trees that succeed there are the ones with low-chill requirements. And sure enough, if you check out the Dave Wilson Nursery fruit taste test results , you won't find any of those big box store peach and nectarine varieties in the TopOr the TopThe fruit taste tests have been conducted at Dave Wilson Nursery since , with a panel of several dozen taste testers sampling up to 30 fruits at each setting.
And they're not just the varieties sold by Dave Wilson Nursery. Over varieties of fruit have been taste tested over the years. The False Allure of Low Prices. But how happy will that casual gardener be with those selections in a few years, if no one will be pleased with the taste or production? But at that local nursery, the selection is much better. On the day I was shopping, the local nursery had 22 peach varieties and 16 nectarine varieties!
Most, if not all, were trees that would thrive here locally, producing fruit that has scored high in fruit taste tests, including the top winners in Dave Wilson Nursery's overall scorecard: the Arctic Jay white nectarine, Indian Free white peach, Snow Queen white nectarine, O'Henry peach and the Arctic Supreme white peach. At the local nursery, there was no plastic wrap guarding a root inspection of their bare root fruit and nut trees.
As at many local nurseries, the roots of bare root fruit trees are plunged into a moist mix of sawdust and compost. A customer can easily pluck out a tree and examine the roots you're looking for moist, plump, healthy roots. Another reason to avoid low-chill requirement fruit trees, if you can: they tend to bloom too early.
A fruit or nut tree that blooms too soon January in Northern California is asking for a whipping from the rest of the winter storms that come in February and March. The spread of rain-borne disease spores such as brown rot is increased when the blossoms are exposed.
So, when is a bare root fruit tree bargain not a bargain? When it's not the right tree for the right place. Whenever shopping for trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials, toting along a copy of the Sunset Western Garden book or calling up a good online reference on your smart phone is good plant insurance. Anonymous January 26, at PM. Chad B January 26, at PM. LauraBee January 26, at PM. Jenn's Cooking Garden! January 26, at PM. Fred Hoffman January 26, at PM. Anonymous January 31, at PM.
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Southern California's mild Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for growing fruit trees in backyards, community gardens and school gardens.
April is a dynamic time to talk about fruit trees — as they are all blooming and flushing — and this last week I did so as the monthly speaker for the Ocean Hills Garden Club in Oceanside. But I did. I broached them. Need chill? In Southern California, we can grow almost every type of deciduous fruit tree think peaches, apples, plums, apricots, cherries , but we must be careful about choosing varieties that are suited to our relatively mild winters, usually of less than chill hours. For more on chill hours, see this article by the University of California.
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New selection of fruit trees available around mid-January to February of each new year and are available while supplies last. Selection varies by store. We select only the best bareroot fruit tree varieties from Dave Wilson Nursery. And to ensure your success in planting, growing and ultimately harvesting fruit from your bareroot fruit tree, we first trim away any damaged branches ourselves, pot them, in-store, using the best planting mix and the right amount of fertilizer—all to give your fruit tree every advantage prior to you planting it. The pots we use are biodegradable, so that all you have to do is poke a few holes in the pot at planting time and plant it directly in the ground. This is by far our most popular variety and this year we made sure to bring in a huge selection. Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines and Plums.
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