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


October 2018 Newsletter

We are having some nice fall weather now after a long hot summer. Glad that is behind us. Now is the time for fall planting. FALL IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS.

Fall fertilizing should be done now as well. If you have not done your fall fertilizing yet you should do it as soon as possible. This fertilizing is important because it gives plants a good boost and also gives them stored food for winter. Next spring they will use that stored food for growth as soon as the weather warms. A balanced fertilizer is good for almost everything in the landscape. Citrus trees would like a citrus fertilizer and this should be the last application for them for the season. Don’t feed them in the winter. Rhododendrons and azaleas should not be fertilized now unless it is with a bloom fertilizer. This will help give more blooms next spring. The same could be used on Dogwoods if you have one that does not want to bloom well. It may help.

The weather is now ideal for fall planting of trees and shrubs. Fall planted trees and shrubs develop roots through the cooler fall and even into the winter and then are ready to take off and grow next spring and will be well established by summer to get through the heat of the summer with no problems.

Next month we will be getting in our Blueberries, pomegranates, figs and also berries. I don’t know of the exact dates but I will notify via email and on our Facebook page when they come in.

Don’t forget to do your dormant spraying of your fruit trees this winter during the dormant season. It is too early now, but the first spraying will need to be done in November. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or Neem oil and spray the entire tree as well as the trunk. Rake up leaves from this year when they fall to help reduce the spread of the fungus that causes leaf curl. Remember to spray 3 times during the dormant season. We suggest Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines day as easy dates to remember.

It is time to plant your winter vegetable if you have not already done so. We will have them available for another 2 or 3 weeks. When you plant, use a vegetable fertilizer in the soil before planting and then re apply about 1/2 way through the season.

Enjoy this beautiful fall weather we are having. And remember that fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs.

TREES IN STOCK FOR FALL PLANTING

  • Autumn Blaze Maple 15 gal. $65
  • Autumn Fantasy Maple 15 gal. $65
  • October Glory Maple 5 Gal. $35, 15 gal. $65
  • Sun Valley Red Maple 5 gal. $35, 15 gal $65
  • European White Birch 5 gal. $35
  • Mimosa Silk Tree 5 gal. $35
  • Strawberry Tree 5 gal $39, 15 gal $75
  • Deodara Cedar 5 gal $25
  • Eastern Redbud 5 gal $35
  • Oklahoma Redbud 5 gal $35
  • Mexican Redbud Multi trunk 15 gal $65
  • Western Redbud 1 gal. $11.25, 15 gal $75
  • Western Catalpa 5 gal $35
  • Leylandi Cypress 5 gal $25
  • Italian Cypress 5 gal $25
  • Arizona Cypress 5 gal $25
  • Raywood Ash 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65
  • Chinese Pistache 5 gal $35
  • Krauter Vesuvius Flwg. Plum 5 gal $35, 15 gal $35, 24″ Box $165
  • Fruitless Mulberry 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65, 24″ Box $165
  • London Plane Sycamore 5 gal $35,15 gal $65
  • CA Sycamore 5 gal $25
  • Liquidambar styraciflua 5 gal $25
  • Silver Maple 5 gal $25
  • Pin Oak 5 gal $25, 15 gal $65
  • Scarlet Oak 5 gal $25
  • Red Oak 5 gal $25
  • Shumard Red Oak 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65
  • Crape Myrtle, Assorted Colors 5 gal $36
  • Liriodendron tulipifera 5 gal $35
  • Sour Gum 5 gal $35
  • Aptos Blue Coast Redwood 5 gal $31.50,
  • 15 gal. $70
  • Thuja Green Giant 5 gal. $31.50, 15 gal $75
  • Lombardy Poplar 3 gal. $12.50
  • Weeping Willow 5 gal. $35
  • European Mountain Ash 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65
  • Chinese Fringe Tree 5 gal. $35
  • Walnuts, Assorted 15 gal $45
  • Pecans, Assorted 15 gal. $59
  • Assorted Fruit Trees 5 gal $25
  • Assorted Citrus Trees 5 gal $36
  • Japanese Maples Prices vary by size and variety.

All prices are limited to stock on hand.

If you are looking for a tree not on the list, let us know. We can probably order it and have it within a week or two.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


Onion Sets and Garlic Are Now In

Onion Sets:

  • Yellow, Red and White onions – $2.60 / pound, Sweet onions – $4.95 / pound.
  • Garlic – $4.50 / pound
  • Elephant Garlic – $6.25 / pound
  • Shallots – $6.25 / pound

All available now for fall planting. Cooler weather ahead. Shorter days, cool mornings. FALL PLANTING SEASON IS HERE.

Winter vegetables are now in as well.


September 2018 Newsletter

The weather has cooled off significantly since July and early August. The end of August felt like fall and next week by the forecast will be very much Fall weather. FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR PLANTING.

We have an excellent selection for fall planting and if we don’t have it in stock we can get it usually within a week.

Fall fertilizing should be done this month. Use a balanced fertilizer for most of your trees and shrubs. We carry 15-15-15 in 50 pound bags and organic all purpose fertilizer in 6#, 25# and 50# bags. If you have only a few plants, we also have it in 1# boxes. Be sure to fertilize your deciduous plants and perennials before they show signs of dormancy. With the cooler weather coming, trees and perennials will start to go into dormancy probably later in the month or early October. Weather depending. Fertilize citrus now, then let them go through the winter without feeding but do protect them if there is freezing weather in the winter. Use a citrus fertilizer on your citrus trees. Give roses fertilizer now and enjoy some more blooms before the winter. This should be the last feeding for your roses. Use a rose fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer for your roses. Fertilize lawns with a winterizer fertilizer for going through the winter. Wait to fertilize Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias until after they have bloomed. You don’t want to promote growth now because it will be at the expense of blooms in the early spring. They should be fertilized 3 times after bloom, each 30 days apart.

Winter vegetables are now available at the nursery. We will continue to stock them through October. As soon as the weather is cool enough to plant and not have them bolt, is the time to get them in. Get them in when it is still warm enough to get development of roots and plant. Mid to late September and October are good times to plant.
WE WILL HAVE A WINTER VEGETABLE GARDENING CLASS THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY THE 15TH AT 10 AM. If you are interested in the class just show up. No registration is necessary. There is no charge.

Onion Sets, Garlic bulbs, Shallots, and Elephant Garlic will be in the second week of September. I will send out an email when they arrive.

Continue with deep soaking of your trees and regular watering of your shrubs and plants. You may start to cut back on amounts now though. Nights and days are cooler and days getting shorter so the ground does not dry out as quickly as it did in July and August. Yay!!! Fall is on the way! My favorite time of the year.

September Specials

  • 5 gallon assorted fruit trees. $25.00 each. (Does not include Citrus)
  • 1 gallon assorted perennials $4.95 each
  • 5 gallon Pampas Grass $7.50 each
  • 5 gallon Japanese Black Pine $12.50 each
  • 5 gallon Pennisetum Moudry $7.50 each
  • 15 gallon Walnut Trees $45.00 each
  • 5 gallon Red Alert Bottlebrush $9.50 each
  • 5 gallon Silver Maple $25.00 each
  • 5 gallon Pin Oak $25.00 each
  • 15 gallon Pin Oak $45.00 each
  • 5 gallon Scarlet Oak $25.00 each

All special prices are limited to stock on hand and expire September 30th.

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff


August 2018 Newsletter

August is a good time to start planning for the fall planting and if it is not too warm you can get a jump on the fall planting season. Looks like we will be cooler for a couple of weeks starting next week. Well, cooler than the summer has been so far. Remember that fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Especially trees.

I know the ground is hard after the summer but if you start a hole and soak it and then dig a little more and soak it, pretty soon the hole you need for the tree or shrub is done and it is a fairly painless way to dig a hole.

Watering and Mulching

Continue to water established plants deeply for the balance of the summer and into fall. Check the mulch you added at the beginning of the summer, and if it is getting thin, add more to keep the moisture you are applying in the ground.

Fall Planting

We have a very large selection of trees and shrubs for fall planting in stock as always. If you want to get a jump start and plant now, just be sure to keep the plant moist for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Water it once a day after you plant for the first week and then every two to three days for the balance of the season and it will do well.

Fall Fertilizing

Fall fertilizing should be done in September. The weather will be cooler and the days shorter so even when we get some warm days the heat does not last as long. This is the time for fall fertilizing. Trees and shrubs will benefit from a balanced fertilizer. Citrus should be fertilized with a citrus ferilizer.
When fertilizing, water the plant the day before very well. Then fertilize the following day and water in well. Never fertilize a dry plant. It will burn it and can possibly kill it.

Grass Seed

Grass seed for lawns or pasture or overseeding should be done in late August or September. Get it planted while it is still warm but not baking hot. The seed will germinate quickly and it will need to be kept moist while it gets established. Don’t wait too late in the season or it won’t get well enough established before the winter and may have a tough time getting through the winter. I’m ordering new stock of grass seed which should be in next week, so we will have a good supply for all planting needs.

Winter Vegetables

We will start getting winter vegetables and winter annuals in September. Watch the weather. If it’s too warm it will cause them to bolt. But get them in early in the fall so that they get developed and start producing for you before it gets cold.

Special Orders

If you would like us to special order items for you that we may not have in stock, we can do that. We do need payment in advance on all special orders.

The weather will be getting cooler soon. Start getting ready to plant for fall now.

We hope to see you soon.


July 2018 Newsletter

ONE GALLON PERENNIALS ON SALE – $4.95 EA. SEE LIST OF VARIETIES BELOW. ALL IN FULL BLOOM NOW. ADD COLOR TO YOUR LANDSCAPE. PERENNIALS COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR AND BLOOM IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER.

20% OFF ALL REMAINING ROSES IN STOCK.

This year has been a very nice spring and early summer. Any hot periods have only lasted a couple of days and then it cools back down. Very nice weather for your landscape whether new plantings or established plantings.

With summer here and longer days, it gives a lot of time for gardening. I do all my new planting in the summer since I have more time, and we do planting here at the nursery then as well. Do your planting early in the day or in the evening if possible so it is easier on you. Plants will handle the transplant just fine but do make sure you give additional water for the first week or two after planting to make sure it is kept well hydrated. Also be sure to mulch to hold the moisture in the ground. Water the new planting well, and then water in with Superthrive mixed in water. This will eliminate any transplant shock that may occur. Then keep the plant moist but not soggy while it is getting it’s root system established. If you are using a timed drip system that runs for very short periods, you will need to supplement with a hose periodically. A slow trickle for an hour or two works well about once or twice a week along with the drip system. Mulch well around your trees and shrubs to keep the moisture in the ground. Use 3″ of mulch.

On the subject of watering whether newly planted or established plantings, when there is a spike in temperatures coming, be sure to give a little extra to newly planted shrubs and trees, and make sure established shrubs and trees are well watered going into the temperature spike rather than waiting till afterwards. Sometimes the stress on the plant will be too much if too dry. Signs of not enough water will include crisp edges of leaves, wilting in the heat and perhaps shedding some foliage soon after extreme heat. If you see any of these symptoms, you probably should increase the amount of water or mulch or perhaps a combination of the two. If you see any stress on your plants, treat them with Superthrive mixed with water. This product eliminates transplant shock and also revives plants under stress. We do all of our transplanting here at the nursery during the summer months and we use Superthrive on all of our transplants and cuttings that we do.

Crape myrtles are now starting to bloom here and in landscapes. They are a little slow this year because it is cooler. They love the heat. Although crape myrtle is a very drought tolerant plant, it will bloom much nicer with at least one good deep soak a week. Also spray for aphids if you see sticky shiny leaves. Use neem oil or an insecticide or insecticidal soap. Any of these are better sprayed in the evening so that there is no damage to the leaves from the heat of the day.

Vegetable gardens will benefit from a fertilizing about now. If you fertilized when you planted, it’s about time to give the garden another fertilizing and then again sometime in August to keep your plants healthy and productive. Use a vegetable fertilizer for this. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers as they will cause growth at the expense of production. Organic vegetable fertilizers work well because they feed slowly and there is less chance of burning the plants in warm weather. Mulch your garden too, to hold the moisture in and use less water. If you are experiencing blossom end rot on your tomatoes and squash, add calcium to your soil. We carry oyster shell and a liquid calcium called Foli-Cal. The liquid calcium is used as a foliar spray directly on the leaves of the plants.

Watch for tomato worms. If you see them, use BT or Monterey Garden Insect Spray to get rid of them. Both are organic controls. Or just pull them off and get rid of them.

Hopefully the weather continues nice and cool for the summer as it has up to this point. Get out early and enjoy the cool of the morning and do some gardening. It’s a great way to start the day.

Perennials On Sale

  • Lantana – 6 varieties, Yarrow – 3 varieties, Verbena – 3 varieties, Penstemon – 3 varieties, Rudbeckia – 3 varieties, Gaillardia – 4 varieties, Gaura – white and pink, Coreopsis – 4 varieties, Callibrachoa – 4 varieties,
  • Salvia – 4 varieties.

Nice selection. All blooming. Most drought tolerant and deer resistant.

We will be doing some landscaping here at the nursery this summer to brighten up the nursery as people drive up. We’ll get it designed and started in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully my plans aren’t overly ambitious. Sometimes that happens. It should look very pretty when we are done.

Hope we see you soon.

Jeff


June 2018 Newsletter

June has been very nice so far as well as the rest of this spring. Only a few hot days but mostly cool and nice spring weather. Summer will be here though so it’s good to plan for it with respect to your gardening.

WATERING

Watering becomes much more important to make sure it is done well as the weather warms up as we are going into the summer. When watering trees, be sure to give established trees a deep soak once or twice a week depending on temperatures. Newly planted trees should be watered daily for the first week or so then cut back to about two or three times per week. Do not give short daily watering. Give good deep soaks. A good rule to use is to give 10 gallons of water per week for every inch of trunk diameter and be sure to soak to a depth of at least 12 inches. On larger trees you’ll want to soak to a depth of 2 to 3 feet. Use slow drip and let it run long enough to soak deep. Add 3″ of mulch around your trees and shrubs to hold the moisture in the ground and not allow it to evaporate. Mulching garden beds and vegetable gardens should also be done. Deep soaking and mulching encourages a deep healthy root system so that trees and shrubs and new plantings can go through hot spells with no adverse effects on the plant and you will use less water.

FERTILIZING

It’s time for your second fertilizing of the season if you have not done it already. Use a balanced fertilizer for most trees and shrubs. Be sure to water your plants well the day before you are going to fertilize and then fertilize and water the fertilizer in well. DO NOT fertilize on a very hot day. It is very easy to burn plants with fertilizer if you fertilize on a very hot day. Nitrogen portion of the fertilizer moves with water and plants are moving lots of water in the heat. Fertilize in the evening and look for temperatures in low to mid 90’s as a high or less for fertilizing. Fertilize citrus trees monthly through the growing season. Use a citrus and avocado fertilizer. Rhododendrons azaleas and camellias are about due for their third and final fertilizing. They are fertilized 3 times, each 30 days apart, after they are done blooming.

CITRUS LEAF MINER

Citrus Leaf Miner can be a problem for citrus trees. It looks a bit like snail tracks in the leaf of the citrus tree and affects primarily the new growth. The new growth curls and looks shriveled with lines looking like snail trails in them. Treat this with Monterey Garden Insect Spray. We carry it. The active ingredient is Spinosad. It is OMRI listed for organic gardening. It is absorbed into the leaf and kills the leaf miner. We spray and then wait a few days and prune out the affected area. Treatment can be done weekly. This will take care of the problem.

MULCH MULCH MULCH

Be sure to mulch all new plantings and re mulch older plants. Use 3″ of mulch around your plants. Keep the mulch away from the immediate base of the plant. Mulching keeps the ground and roots of your plants cooler and holds the moisture in the soil. New plantings will do fine no matter what the temperature if they are watered well and mulch is used. You can cut your water use by up to 50% by mulching and your plants will do so much better. You can use shredded bark or chunk bark or compost or even gravel will work as mulch but gravel will reflect heat onto your plants so it will not be as good as bark or compost. If you aren’t mulching, I would strongly advise that you do. Your plants will get through hot spells with no adverse effect. You can plant any time of the year with no adverse effects. IT REALLY HELPS!

BLOSSOM END ROT

If you experience blossom end rot on tomatoes and squash, you want to add calcium to the soil. The bottom of the tomato and the ends of the squash will shrivel and become brown or black. If you add calcium at the first sign of this, the problem will be corrected fairly quickly. We carry bone meal, and oyster shell lime, and calcium nitrate which will all correct the problem. The bone meal and oyster shell are organic products. The calcium nitrate is not but may correct the problem faster. If you use calcium nitrate, be careful not to over do it. It is high nitrogen formula and can easily burn the plants if applied to strong. We also have a product called Foli Cal which is a foliar spray calcium which will also correct blossom end rot.

APHIDS AND FUNGUS PROBLEMS

Aphids will be bad as the weather warms. Some problems have already started. For control of aphids, Neem Oil works well and is an organic pesticide. It also works as a fungicide so it does double duty. Use it every two weeks on roses and control aphids and fungus such as powdery mildew, rust and blackspot. It will also control aphids and powdery mildew on Crape Myrtles. We also have a product called Monterey Take Down Garden Spray. It is not organic but it works very well for controlling aphids and other insects. It is pyrethrin and canola oil. With all insecticides, be careful not to spray when bees are present. Better to spray late evening or very early morning when bees are not active, to avoid injuring bees.

HOURS ARE 9 TO 5 MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10-4 SUNDAY.

We are open everyday. Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4..

We’ve had a beautiful spring and all the plants are looking really nice and inventory is full. All our plants are fully acclimated to our climate. We don’t protect them under shade cloth so they can go into your landscape and not miss a beat because they are used to the weather. If for some reason we don’t have what you are looking for, we can order it and usually have it here in a week or two.

This time of year here at the nursery we start doing lots of cleaning and maintenance in our growing ground. We shift plants from smaller pots to larger pots to grow. we will be cleaning mats and we will have many one of a kind or overstock items going into the parking lot reduced price area over the next few weeks. Be sure to check it out when you come in. You may find a great price on a plant you could use.

Enjoy this beautiful spring weather we are having.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff