How to Choose the Right Bare Root Fruit Tree
With all the bare root fruit trees for sale, how do you decide?
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Grow what you love to eat—the fruits you look forward to all year—from your own bare root fruit trees.
What are the apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, pluots, persimmons, and cherries you want to bite into this summer?
Do you hanker after quinces and jujubes (Chinese Dates)? Want multiple fruits from the same tree? We have all of these, ready to ship.
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Start by checking the hardiness zones of your favorite fruit varieties
Hardiness zones are descriptions of how cold your temperatures get year-round. Peaceful Valley has the USDA hardiness zone numbers listed for each fruit variety, often something like 5-9. To find out your zone number, plug your zip code in to the USDA map.
What do “chill hours” mean in fruit tree descriptions?
You’ll see another number in a fruit tree’s description—from 100 up to 1,000. That’s the number of hours the tree needs to be cold during dormancy, and it’s called a chill hour.
According to Dave Wilson (the company that supplies most of our bare root trees) a chill hour is generally defined as one hour under 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now, most people don’t sit out with a clipboard and a thermometer every day, calculating chill data. So to get your approximate number of chill hours, contact your local Cooperative Extension (Farm Advisors or Master Gardeners too).
As always, we’re here to help. Our catalog features icons to give you an idea of what grows well in different climates: a palm tree for mild areas like Los Angeles, and a snowflake for cold areas like Nebraska.
What are the pollen needs of the various bare root fruit trees for sale?
Some fruit trees need to be planted within 50 to 100 yards of each other for pollination. Others can go it alone and are called “self-pollinating”. We’ll tell you the pollination requirements for each of our trees.
How to find the best quality in bare root fruit trees
Bare root fruit trees are pretty simple looking—“sticks with roots” is a popular description. You want a robust tree (or stick) that is balanced by good root development. A big stick that has only tiny roots will turn into a stressed tree after it’s planted.
We have a great crop of bare root fruit trees this year, with large roots balancing the optimal size of the 5/8” diameter, 4’ to 5’ tall trees, mostly on semi-dwarf rootstock. We get so excited about the roots that one year we even wrote about it when the trees arrived. Our trees are two-years old (one year closer to fruiting than what you will find in most nurseries).
Use these guidelines for choosing bare root nut trees, as well as bare root fruit trees
Before they arrive, watch Tricia’s video on planting bare root trees and read our tree-planting tips. Special advice for planting the multi-budded or multi-graft trees: plant the smallest limb facing south or southwest.
Enjoy planning for your fruit and nut harvest! It’s a fun time of year with all the bare root fruit trees for sale.
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