February 2019 Newsletter

Bare root season continues through February. The selection of bare root fruit trees and roses is still very good. The rain this year has been spaced out fairly and the weather has stayed cool to keep the trees dormant so it is an excellent time to plant bare root fruit trees. At the end of the month we pot up what has not been sold bare root and then the price goes up. Take advantage of bare root prices and selection and get your fruit trees in now.

Final Dormant Spraying is Due This Month

The third and final dormant spraying to prevent leaf curl is due this month. Don’t delay. Get it done before the trees bloom. I spray all the deciduous trees in the orchard. It prevents leaf curl and also helps to prevent fireblight on pears and apples, although not completely, and greatly reduces the aphid and insect problems on all the trees. The third and final spraying is the most important one. You should have done two applications already and the final one should be done before flowers come out. We will be spraying the nursery orchard for the final time this week. In between the rain it looks like Don’t put this off till it is too late.

Also when you are spraying the dormant spray on your fruit trees, do your roses too. Stop the rose diseases before they start.

It will be time to start fertilizing towards the end of the month or early next month. When the plants come out of dormancy, it is time to start fertilizing. Evergreen plants can be fertilized as soon as the threat of hard freezes is past. So later this month. Use a balanced fertilizer on most plants. Use citrus fertilizer on your citrus. Use rhododendron azalea camellia fertilizer on azaleas and camellias after they are done blooming. Fertilize three times after bloom each thirty days apart and then no more for the year. Gardenias benefit from monthly fertilizing during the growing season. Use a rose food on roses or a balanced fertilizer on them and do them monthly during the growing and blooming season for consistent blooms. We have a good selection of fertilizers. Much of it organic fertilizers. Which I prefer to use.

Watch for freezing temperatures. This week is is forecast to get cold early in the week. Protect your citrus and any other frost sensitive plants with frost cloth or a sheet. Don’t use plastic as it does not insulate. Plastic sitting on the plant will transfer the cold directly to the plant. We have frost cloth in packages of 12’x10′ for $13.89. We also have a roll 12′ wide by whatever length you might need. That sells for $1.00 per lineal foot.

Weeds are going to start growing in earnest soon. You can spray with weed killer now to kill what is coming up and mix pre-emergent with the weed killer to stop the weeds from growing back so quickly, I’ve been using a propane torch on weeds. It’s working well for me. Less chemicals. We also have this year a non chemical weed killer called Burnout. one quart makes 1 gallon of spray and will cover 1500 sq. ft. I got it on a special buy and we are selling it for $12.99 per quart. Suggested retail price is $23.19.

When we get some warm days in late February and early March, it’s still a bit too early to put out spring vegetables.We will get spring vegetables, some time in late March or early April, depending on weather. Even though it’s warm in the day, the nights should be 50 degrees or higher consistently before putting your summer vegetables in the ground. If you are thinking about starting summer vegetables inside from seed, probably want to get them started soon so they are ready to put out in spring.

Citrus we are stocking now and avocados are on order and should be in late February or early March. Be sure to protect citrus that you plant now if we have freezing temperatures.

With the cool nights, the bare root trees are staying dormant and like I said earlier, it is the time to plant them. Once we pot them, the price goes up and they are not immediately available, They have to root into the container before we sell them. GET BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES NOW.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff

Hours: 9-5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. 530-743-4856

Remember
Bare Root Season Goes Till the End Of the Month


FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLINICS THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 10AM. TWO MORE NEXT WEEKEND.

THE FIRST OF FOUR FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLINICS WILL BE THIS SATURDAY JANUARY 19TH AT 10 AM IN THE NURSERY ORCHARD. LOOKS LIKE NO RAIN SATURDAY.

SECOND ONE IS SUNDAY THE 20TH AT 10 AM. IF IT IS RAINING, WE WILL RESCHEDULE.

ALSO NEXT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THE 26TH AND 27TH AT 10 AM EACH DAY.

FOUR CHANCES TO ATTEND THE PRUNING CLINICS. SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK INTO ALL SCHEDULES.
CLINICS ARE ALL THE SAME, SO PICK ONE THAT FITS YOUR SCHEDULE, OR ATTEND MORE THAN ONE.

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR FRUIT TREES. WE WILL COVER PEACHES, NECTARINES, PEARS, PLUOTS, APPLES, PLUMS, APRICOTS, CHERRIES.

WE WILL HOLD THE CLASSES IN OUR ORCHARD HERE AT THE NURSERY SO PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY. DRESS FOR DAMP GROUND AND COOL WEATHER.

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.
FREE COFFEE, TEA, AND HOT CHOCOLATE DURING THE CLINICS AND THROUGHOUT BARE ROOT SEASON.
We will also cover rose pruning, dormant spraying, and planting bare root trees and answer any questions you may have.

Bare Root season continues through the end of February. Great selection of bare root fruit trees and roses and shade trees. Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, all available now as well and onion starter plants. And of course our full line of shrubs, trees, and plants.

Hours: 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. 
530-743-4856
Hope to see you soon.
Jeff

Bald Mountain Nursery, January 2018 Newsletter and Fruit Tree Pruning Class Dates

Bare root season is now in full swing. We have our fruit trees in stock now and are selling briskly. Bare root shade trees will be in within a couple of weeks and a few more miscellaneous fruit trees.

Blueberries, cane berries, figs, and pomegranates in pots are in as well.

We have free coffee or hot chocolate or tea during bare root season.

Most standard sized fruit trees are $22.00 and most semi-dwarf fruit trees are $25.00. There are exceptions. Complete price lists for bare root fruit trees and bare root shade trees are available at the nursery or via email by request.

Bare root season goes now through the end of February. The selection of fruit trees is very large, but don’t wait till the end of the season to shop. Once a variety is sold out, it is gone until next year’s bare root season. At the end of February, the trees that are left, which should be few, are potted up and sold later in the year and the price is higher after we pot them.

We also still have our full regular inventory for whatever you might need.

Bare root roses are now available as well.

We have a large selection of roses to choose from. We sell them bare root until the end of February and after that they are sold only in pots.

  • Roses are $18.00 bare root or $21.00 in pots.
  • 36″ Tree Roses are $40.00 each, staked and in pots.
  • 24″ Tree Roses are $29.50 each, staked and in pots.
  • 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $45.00 (Two varieties on one trunk)

Again, complete list is available via email or can be picked up at the nursery.

It’s time for the second dormant spraying on your fruit trees if you have not done it already. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or Neem oil and spray the entire tree including the trunk. If you have not done any spraying yet, get one done now and wait a couple of weeks and do the second and then the third and final spraying should be done in February just before bud break. I spray all trees in the orchard to help kill overwintering insects and to help prevent diseases such as leaf curl and fireblight. It helps to reduce aphid problems in the spring as well.

Onion Plants Arriving second week of January

We will have the following:

  • Candy (Yellow Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid)
  • Red Candy Apple (Deep Red, Flat Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid)
  • Walla Walla (Yellow, Semi Flat Shape, Sweet)
  • Yellow Spanish (Globe Shape, Mild)
  • Red Wing (Red, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent)
  • Red Torpedo Tropea (Red, Torpedo Shape, Sweet)
  • Onions are $5.25 per bunch. There are 50-75 plants per bunch.

Seed potatoes will be in soon. I don’t have the prices yet but they are ordered and should be shipped very soon. Last year we had a class on planting seed potatoes. Once they are in we will have one again this year.

If you would like to see any kind of classes, please let us know. If there is enough interest in whatever kind of classes, we will have them.

Some planned classes:

  • Growing Blueberries in containers.
  • Organic Vegetable Gardening.
  • Planting Perennials to attract bees and butterflies.
  • Succulent gardening.

Any other classes you’d like to see? Let me know.

I will announce the dates for classes in advance so that all who are interested can hopefully attend.

We will be having our fruit tree pruning classes later this month.

Fruit Tree Pruning Class Dates

  • January 19th and 20th @ 10am
  • January 26th & 27th @ 10 am

All classes are free of charge. No reservation is necessary. Free coffee and hot chocolate is available at the classes.

I will demonstrate pruning of fruit trees and also will demonstrate the pruning of roses for the late winter early spring season. The demonstration usually lasts about an hour or so and I will answer any questions you may have. If we have rain on any of the dates, we will reschedule since we have them here at the nursery orchard and prune the trees in the orchard.

We hope to see you soon for your bare root or other planting needs and at one or more of the fruit tree pruning classes or both.

Jeff


Bare Root Fruit Trees Are In

Our bare root fruit trees are all in. We are heeling in the standard size today and will be working on the semi-dwarf tomorrow. Shop early for the best selection. If you would like a price list, email me and I can send one to you via email. It’s an excellent time to get your fruit trees in. The selection is great right now.


December 2018 Newsletter

Lots of things going on in December. Our roses are all in and are now selling. The bare root fruit trees will be in Friday the 21st. We will begin working them as soon as they arrive and will be ready for selling on Saturday the 22nd. Complete lists of fruit trees and roses are available at the nursery, or request one and I can send it to you via email.
If you are wanting bare root fruit trees, don’t delay when they arrive. We have already pre- sold lots of fruit trees. We usually don’t re-order unless it is a substantial quantity and depending on availability. So when things are gone, they are likely gone for the year. Also, we cannot hold any items without payment.

Dormant Spraying

Fruit trees should have lost their leaves by now. Your first dormant spraying should have been done a couple of weeks ago. If you have not done it, you should get your first dormant spraying done. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or neem oil and spray the entire tree. Spray all of your deciduous fruit trees. Even if leaf curl is not an issue, it will help to prevent other diseases and to kill overwintering insects. Be sure you get this done 3 times throughout the dormant season. The second application is due around Christmas and the third should be done around Valentines day. Watch your trees closely for the third application. If we have a warm February, they may start to break dormancy early. The last application needs to be done before the trees bloom.

 

Blueberries, Cane Berries, Figs, Pomegranates, and Dogwoods and nice Japanese Maples are all in

We have a nice selection of blueberries and cane berries in now. When you plant blueberries, be sure to add soil sulfur and acid fertilizer. If you want to grow them in pots, which works very well, we have acid lovers planting mix that you would mix with fir bark and add sulfur and acid fertilizer to the mix and you can grow them in pots. Pots or raised beds work much better for blueberries than straight into the ground because of the heavy clay soil. Now is a great time to plant blueberries and bare root berries while the selection is good and the ground is soft.

And our inventory is full for whatever else you may want and if we don’t have it, we can usually get it within a week or two.

Frost Cloth

The nights cold. Be sure to protect frost sensitive plants. We have a bulk roll that is 12’x 250′ which we sell for $1.00 a lineal foot. So we can measure off just what you need.

Gift Certificates

We sell gift certificates for holiday giving. If you can’t make it in, we can sell them over the phone and mail them to you or to the recipient. Just call and let us know the amount and pay over the phone and we will send it. Or you can come in and buy it.

We will be closed the 24th and 25th for Christmas and will be closed the 1st of January for New Year.

We hope to see you soon
Jeff


2019 Bare Root Roses are in

2019 Bare Root Roses are in and ready for sale. We are potting and staking the tree roses as I send this. They are available as well.

All of the bare root roses are now in and ready for sale. $18.00 each for bare root bush or climber roses. If you would rather take it in the pot, they are $21.00.

  • 36″ Tree Roses $40.00 each.
  • 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $45.00 (Two varieties on one tree)
  • 24″ Tree Roses $29.50 each.

Bare Root Fruit Trees will be coming soon. I will send an additional email when they are in.


Blueberries, Gooseberries, Figs, Cane Berries, Pomegranates are now in

  • Blueberries $10.00 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon

When planting blueberries add soil sulfur or acid fertilizer to create an acidic environment they require. Use 8 oz. for each plant. Soil Sulfur 2.5# bag. $8.59

Use 1 cup of Down To Earth organic acid fertilizer for each plant. A 1 lb. box is $4.49 and will do 2.5 plants.

  • Pomegranates $16.00 – Eversweet, Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.
  • Figs $19.00 – Black Jack, Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota.
  • Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $12.50
  • Gooseberry, Pixwell – $12.50
  • Kiwi, Hardy Issai – $17.00
  • Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $9.50
  • Olive, Mission – $16.00
  • Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $17.00
  • Chester Thornless Blackberry, Olallie Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry – $9.50
  • Heritage Raspberry, Caeoline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $9.50.

Time for the first of three dormant spray applications.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day are the three dates to remember for dormant spray applications on your fruit trees, The first application should be done this week or very soon after. As soon as the rain stops and the trees have lost their leaves. Use Liquicop mixed with Horticultural Oil or Neem Oil. Spray the entire tree. Spray all your deciduous fruit trees in your orchard to prevent leaf curl, reduce the chance of fireblight and kill overwintering insects. Healthier trees will be the result next spring.

Kind regards,
Jeff Rice


Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons and live Christmas Trees Just Arrived.

Dogwoods, Living Christmas Trees, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, and other Oregon stock arrived yesterday.

We have White, Pink, and Cherokee Chief (Dark Rosey Pink) dogwoods in now. Just arrived.
We also have a nice selection of Colorado Spruce and Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
Also just got in some Exbury Azaleas (deciduous azalea), Tulip magnolias, some very nice Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, Mugho Pines, and other Oregon Stock.

And below is a picture of Chester and Jessie when they were about two months old. Now they are 9. Not plant related but very cute puppies. Great dogs now. Always happy to see everybody.

Hours: 9-5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
530-743-4856

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff


November 2018 Newsletter

Fall has been taking a while to get here this year but lately the nights are nice and cool and the days very comfortable. It is the best planting time of the seasons. Fall is the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs as you can see in the diagram above. Take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having and get fall planting done now. Your fall installed plants will do much better next spring and summer than those planted in the spring. This is also the time to plant fall bulbs for spring bloom. Plant wildflower seeds this month as well when the rains start coming regularly.

Dormant Spray on Fruit Trees

This month you will need to be thinking about spraying your first dormant spray on your fruit trees to prevent leaf curl. Use liquid copper and horticultural oil to spray the trees when they are dormant. Looking at the orchard here at the nursery, it looks like about 3 weeks or so and they will need their first spraying. Once the trees have lost their leaves, is when you want to do your first application. You will do two more applications after for a total of three. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines Day are easy dates to remember. But you have to watch the weather and the trees. Sometime they will not have lost all of their leaves by Thanksgiving and if we get a warm snap in February, the final spaying will need done earlier. But be sure to get 3 sprayings done to prevent leaf curl. I spray all my trees in the orchard. It helps to stop other diseases such as fireblight and it also kills over wintering insects. It’s also a good idea to rake up the old leaves to help prevent disease and insect problems too. Don’t neglect this task or you will have leaf curl next spring which puts the trees under stress and they do not produce well and have to suffer through the summer when a healthy treated tree has no problems getting through.

Blueberries, Cane Berries, Figs, and Pomegranates arriving soon

Our blueberries and cane berries and figs and pomegranates will be arriving soon. I will send out an email as soon as they come in. When you plant blueberries, add some soil sulfur and peat moss to create an acid environment for them. If you are going to grow them in a pot, mix pine or fir bark 50/50 with the potting soil. Blueberries like good drainage so if planting in the ground, be sure to amend the soil very well.

Asparagus, Rhubarb, and Strawberries will arrive in January. This is a change from the past.

Blue Spruce, Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, and Rhododendrons

Our shipment of living Christmas Trees such as Blue Spruce and our Dogwoods will be shipped next week. Also on the shipment are Japanese Maples and Rhododendrons. They are scheduled to ship the week of the 7th. As soon as they arrive we have them inspected by the county and then they are ready for sale. I will let everyone know as soon as they are in and ready to go.

Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees

Bare root roses will be arriving in mid December and bare root fruit trees will arrive in late December. We have complete lists available at the nursery, or you can email me and I can send you lists via email. I will notify via email when things arrive.

Gift Certificates

We have gift certificates available for holiday giving. We can sell them over the phone via credit card and send the gift certificate to you or direct to the recipient. We do not sell them online.

Regular Hours Year Round

A reminder on our hours. We are here 9-5 Monday through Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. We do not change our hours for winter or close because of rain. We frequently get questions about that so I just want to let everyone know that nothing changes for winter or rain.
We will be closed November 22nd and 23rd for Thanksgiving.
We also close December 24th and 25th for Christmas.

Small Business Saturday is November 24th. We will be here.

Very nice fall weather we are having this year. Get out and enjoy it and we hope to see you soon.

Jeff