September 2022 Newsletter

The weather is now getting cooler. Fall is on the way. Long range temperature trend is for low 90’s and upper 80’s over the next couple of weeks. 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 carry16-16-16 and 15-15-15 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. Give your tomatoes a balanced fertilizer now and you should get more production out of them for another month, maybe longer. With the cooler weather coming, trees and perennials will start to go into dormancy probably in 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. 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 due this week at the nursery. We have been waiting for the weather to cool. We will continue to stock them for the next few weeks. 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.

Daffodil and Tulip bulbs will be in soon. I will notify as soon as they arrive. Plant them in the fall for spring blooms.

Onion Sets, Garlic bulbs, Shallots, and Elephant Garlic will be in soon. I will send out an email when they arrive.

Our bare root fruit tree list for January 2023 is now available. You can pick up one at the nursery or I can email one to you upon request. Supply is limited to what is on order. As was the case last year, we will not be adding to our order or taking any special orders on bare root trees. Supply is tight. When the trees come in, don’t delay on getting what you want. Last year we sold out quickly. BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES ARE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2023.

Continue with deep soaking of your trees and regular watering of your shrubs and plants. You can cut back on amounts now though. Nights 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

One Gallon Lantana
$4.95 each

Halls Honeysuckle or Purple Honeysuckle
One Gallon Size
$4.95 each

One Gallon Ornamental Grasses (in parking lot)
$3.95 each

One Gallon Olives
$3.95 each

1 Gallon Trees $7.95 each. Choose from:

Liquidambar styraciflua
Southern Magnolia
Wonderful Pomegranate

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

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff


August Newsletter 2022

Start planning for your fall planting and maybe even get a jump on that fall planting now. Looks like we will be in for some cooler weather coming up. Mid 90’s and cool mornings and the temperatures will start trending down as the month goes on I would expect. Remember that fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Especially trees.
The ground is a bit 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. It’s worth the effort to get things planted in the fall. Note the diagram describing the advantages of fall planting.

Watering and Mulching

Continue to water established plants deeply for the balance of the summer and into fall. Deep soaking gives you the healthiest plants that can go through the summer and you will use less water. A drip that runs for longer time but fewer times a week will use less water and give you healthier trees and shrubs. Established plants can frequently get through with a once a week watering when the temperatures are getting into the 90’s. This is with a combination of a good layer of mulch. 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. You want to have about 3 inches of mulch. This stops water from evaporating from the ground and it stays there for your plants to use. Deep soaking and mulching is the best practice for healthy plants and less water use.

Late Summer & 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 three days for the balance of the season and it will do well. Be sure to use mulch so the roots stay cool and the water stays in the ground for your plant.

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. September is the time for fall fertilizing. Trees and shrubs will benefit from a balanced fertilizer. Citrus should be fertilized with a citrus fertilizer.
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. Be ready. September will be here before you know it and the fall fertilizing is important to have healthy vigorous plants to head into the winter.

Grass Seed

Grass seed for lawns or pasture or overseeding should be done in September or October. 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.

Bare Root Fruit Trees

I have my confirmation and will start getting our bare root price list for January 2023 together. I should have the list ready by the end of the month, As soon as it is ready, I will send out an email and those who are interested can request one.

Used Pots

We are happy to take back used pots. We can re-use them for lots of the planting we do here.

August Specials

Lavender, Assorted Varieties

1 gallon $7.50

Perennials, Assorted

1 gallon $6.50

Butterfly Bush, White and Lavender

1 gallon $4.95

July has been warm this year, but that is usual for here. August looks like maybe it is going to be more seasonal without the extreme temperatures. Hopefully an early cool fall is on the way.

We hope to see you soon.
Jeff


July 2022 Newsletter

ONE GALLON PERENNIALS ON SALE – $6.50 EA. ALL IN FULL BLOOM NOW. ADD COLOR TO YOUR LANDSCAPE. PERENNIALS COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR AND BLOOM IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER. ONE GALLON LANTANA $6.50 EACH. SELECT ONE GALLON ORNAMENTAL GRASSES, $3.95 EACH. SALE GRASSES IN PARKING LOT. WHITE AND LAVENDAR BUTTERFLY BUSH, ONE GALLON $4.95 EACH. ONE GALLON LAVENDER $7.95 EACH.

This year has been a nice spring and a bit warm early summer. Looks like cooler for a little while now. All in all, it has been 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. 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. 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 extra water. Make sure all 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 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 probably need 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 bone meal to add calcium to the soil.

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 stays mild for the summer, as it has up to this point for the most part, with last week being the exception to that. Get out early and enjoy the cool of the morning and do some gardening. It’s a great way to start the day.

We will be closed on The 4th of July.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff


February 2022 Newsletter

Bare root season continues through February. The selection of bare root fruit trees and roses is still good. The ground is still moist and the nights are staying cold so the trees are still 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. The final spray should be done before you see color in the flower buds. I recommend doing it as soon as possible. We have a couple of warm days coming next week and you want to get the final spray on before you see color of flower buds. Use copper and horticultural oil together in your sprayer. Use 1 ounce of liquicop and 2.5 ounces of horticultural oil together in 1 gallon of water. 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. I will be spraying the nursery orchard for the final time early next week to make sure I get it done before flowers start to show up. Apricots usually bloom early and I want to get them before they bloom. We got behind on the first two, because of the rain in December so one was done the first week of January then the second two weeks later and now the third. So if you are behind on getting it done, get the second done now, so you maybe can get the third on before the trees start to bloom. We have a period of dry right now so take advantage and get it done. 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.

Fertilizing

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 or mid March depending on where you live. 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.

Now would be a good time to plant winter vegetables. We have a nice selection right now. If you plant them now they will give you production for a couple of months for sure and maybe longer depending on the temperatures. 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 will be stocking in larger volume in March. March is the best time to plant citrus since we are usually past any hard freezes. 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.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff

 


December 2021 Newsletter

Lots of things going on in December. Our bare root roses are due in the week of December 13th. Once they arrive we will get them ready for sale. So hopefully they will be ready to go by the 16th or 17th. The bare root fruit trees will be in late in the month. We will begin working them as soon as they arrive. This usually happens the week before Christmas, but I don’t have that confirmed yet, and hopefully will be ready for sale right after Christmas. I will send out emails as soon as things are in and ready to go. 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 will not re-order since availability is going be tight again this year. So when things are gone, they are gone for the year. Last year we were sold out of many varieties by the end of January. Also, we cannot hold any items without payment. You can pre-order from our list and pay, and we will tag them and set them aside so you are sure to get what you want. And then you can pick them up when you are ready as long as they are picked up before the end of February. We cannot hold any fruit trees without payment in full. Any trees that are paid for but not picked up by the end of February will be potted and will be charged a potting charge. There will be a 30% restocking charge on any pre sold bare root fruit trees that are cancelled by the customer. Availability is very tight and we have a short time to sell the trees so hopefully everyone understands the need for these policies.

WE ARE NOW CARRYING HOUSEPLANTS

We have a nice selection of houseplants and orchids. Good idea for Christmas gifts, or just to add to your home.

Dormant Spraying

Fruit trees should have lost their leaves by now. Your first dormant spraying should have been done last week or this week. 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, living Christmas Trees, and 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 acid fertilizer. If you want to grow them in pots, which works very well, mix potting soil with fir bark and peet moss, 1/3 ratio of each, 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 cane berries while the selection is good.

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.

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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be closed the 1st of January for New Year.

Open 9 to 5 Monday – Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday
530-743-4856


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

Blueberries $11.50 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon.
Dwarf Blueberries $13.50 ea. Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet. Compact growing to 2′. Excellent for small containers or on a small porch.
When planting blueberries add acid fertilizer and peat moss to create an acidic environment they require.
Use 1 cup of Down To Earth organic acid fertilizer for each plant. A 1 lb. box is $4.69 and will do 2.5 plants. A 5 lb. box is $13.89.
Add peat moss as well as acid fertilizer. A 4 quart bag of peat moss is $5.59 and an 8 qt. bag is $6.99.

Pomegranates $20.00 – Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.
Figs $22.00 – Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota, Panache Tiger, Peter’s Honey.
Kiwi, Issai Hardy Kiwi. Self fruitful, cold hardy – $20.00
Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $15.00
Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $11.50
Olive, Manzanillo, Mission – $20.00
Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $20.00
Chester Thornless Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry, Thornless Boysenberry, Ollalie Blackberry – $11.50
Heritage Red Raspberry, Caroline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $11.50.
Dwarf Bush Form Raspberry & Blackberry. Baby Cakes Blackberry $14.00
Raspberry Shortcake Raspberry $14.00. Dwarf clumping forms. Will grow 2 to 3 ft. tall. Excellent for growing in containers.

We are open 9-5 Monday – Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
530-743-4856


Blueberries, Cane Berries, Pomegranates, Figs Are Now In 2021

Blueberries $11.50 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon.
Dwarf Blueberries $13.50 ea. Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet. Compact growing to 2′. Excellent for small containers or on a small porch.
When planting blueberries add acid fertilizer and peat moss to create an acidic environment they require.
Use 1 cup of Down To Earth organic acid fertilizer for each plant. A 1 lb. box is $4.69 and will do 2.5 plants. A 5 lb. box is $13.89.
Add peat moss as well as acid fertilizer. A 4 quart bag of peat moss is $5.59 and an 8 qt. bag is $6.99.

Pomegranates $20.00 – Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.
Figs $22.00 – Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota, Panache Tiger, Peter’s Honey.
Kiwi, Issai Hardy Kiwi. Self fruitful, cold hardy – $20.00
Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $15.00
Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $11.50
Olive, Manzanillo, Mission – $20.00
Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $20.00
Chester Thornless Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry, Thornless Boysenberry, Ollalie Blackberry – $11.50
Heritage Red Raspberry, Caroline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $11.50.
Dwarf Bush Form Raspberry & Blackberry. Baby Cakes Blackberry $14.00
Raspberry Shortcake Raspberry $14.00. Dwarf clumping forms. Will grow 2 to 3 ft. tall. Excellent for growing in containers.

We are open 9-5 Monday – Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
530-743-4856


TREES IN STOCK AND READY FOR FALL PLANTING 2021

Birch, European White – $41.00, 5 gallon, $75.00, 15 gallon
Camphor Tree – $35.00, 5 gallon
Catalpa – $41.00, 5 gallon
Cedar, Deodara – $35.00, 5 gallon, $65.00, 15 gallon, $185.00, 24″ Box
Coast Redwood, Aptos Blue – $35.00, 5 gallon
Cypress, Italian – $8.95, 1 gallon, $35.00, 5 gallon
Cypress, Leylandii – $12.50, 1 gallon, $35.00, 5 gallon
Crape Myrtle, Dynamite – $45.00, 5 gallon
Crape Myrtle, Muskogee – $45.00, 5 gallon
Crape Myrtle, Natchez – $45.00, 5 gallon
Crape Myrtle, Red Rocket – $45.00, 5 gallon
Crape Myrtle, Tuscarora – $45.00, 5 gallon
Flowering Plum, Krauter Vesuvius – $41.00, 5 gallon, $75.00, 15 gallon
Flowering Plum, Dwarf Purple Pony – $41.00, 5 gallon, $75.00, 15 gallon
Japanese Maple, Beni Hoshi – $65.00, 5 gallon
Japanese Maple, Bloodgood – $145.00, 15 gallon
Japanese Maple, Coral Bark – $145.00, 15 gallon
Japanese Maple, Crimson Queen – $175.00, 15 gallon
Japanese Maple, Kenran – $65.00, 5 gallon
Japanese Maple, Green – $175.00, 20 gallon
Japanese Maple, Purple Ghost – $65.00, 5 gallon
Japanese Maple, Red Dragon – $329.00, 20 gallon
Japanese Maple, Seiryou – $175.00, 15 gallon
Liquidambar styraciflua – $6.95, 1 gallon
Magnolia St. Mary – $45.00, 5 gallon
Magnolia grandiflora – $6.95, 1 gallon, $35.00, 5 gallon
Maple, Autumn Fantasy – $75.00, 15 gallon
Maple, Autumn Blaze – $75.00, 15 gallon, $195.00, 24″ Box
Maple, Trident – $75.00, 15 gallon
Maple, Red October Glory – $75.00,15 gallon
Maple, Red Sunset – $75.00, 15 gallon
Mimosa Silk Tree – $41.00, 5 gallon
Mulberry, Fruitless – $41.00, 5 gallon
Oak, Red – $41.00, 5 gallon
Oak, Shumard – $41.00, 5 gallon
Pistache, Chinese – $41.00, 5 gallon
Pistache, Keith Davey – $45.00, 5 gallon
Raywood Ash – $41.00, 5 gallon
Redbud, Eastern – $41.00, 5 gallon. $75.00, 15 gallon, $185.00 24″ Box
Redbud, Forest Pansy – $41.00, 5 gallon
Redbud, Oklahoma – $41.00, 5 gallon
Sycamore, London Plane – $41.00, 5 gallon, $195.00 24″ Box
Sour Gum – $41.00, 5 gallon
Washington Hawthorne – $41.00, 5 gallon

Dogwoods and Blue Spruce will be in the last week of October or first week of November.
If you are looking for something not on the list, let us know. We may be able to order it.
Bare root fruit trees will be in the first week of January. Lists are available at the nursery or I can send you one via email on request.

Fall is the best time for planting. It looks like some rain is on the way next week and hopefully the start of a good rainy season.

All prices are limited to stock on hand.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff


Dogwoods, Rhododendrons & Japanese Maples Just Arrived

Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons arrived Thursday.

We have Pink Dogwoods in now. Just arrived.
We also just got in some Tulip magnolias, some very nice Japanese Maples, and nice Rhododendrons.

We are expecting our shipment of living Christmas Trees next week. Also on that shipment will be Paeonies.

Our inventory of trees and shrubs is full and after the last rain, it is now ideal fall planting weather.

Our bare root fruit tree list, and bare root rose list are now available as well. If you would like a copy, let me know and I will email one to you. Bare root fruit trees will be in late December. Bare root rose arrive in mid December.

Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, figs, pomegranates and more will arrive in November. Probably the second week or so. I will send out an email when they do.

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

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff


Onion Sets and Garlic Are Now In

Onion Sets:
Yellow, Red and White onions – $2.98 / pound, Sweet onions – $5.38 / pound.
Garlic – $5.68 / pound
Elephant Garlic – $13.00 / pound
Shallots – $7.20 / pound

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

 

Daffodil, Iris, and Tulip bulbs are in.
$5.99/package

Our 2022 bare root fruit tree price list is now available as well. If you would like one, send me an email request. I’ll send one to you.

Jeff