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Peach trees blooming in the organic orchard at Sun Smile Farms in Grass Valley, California.
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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.
|July Elberta Peach Tree||Pink Lady Apple Tree||Sweet Cherry Multi Tree|
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.
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 and Master Gardeners). Here’s a map for locating those folks.
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.
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.
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).
Savings for your home orchard when you buy 10 bare root fruit trees—we’ll deliver them to your door for only $199.
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.
Tracy Rawlins Says:
Sep 23rd, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Oct 5th, 2012 at 3:10 pm
Tracy, It’s not intuitive, but you can live in a “warm” zone like 9a and still have long chill hours. Near Modesto, for instance, they have that combination. So you’ll need to check your chill hours, using the link in this article. Once you have the chill hours and your zone number, it will be easy to choose apple trees from our Bare Root catalog. If you didn’t get one in the mail, download it here http://www.groworganic.com/garden-catalog.html Write. again with your chill hours and I’ll be happy to help you plan your apple orchard!
We ship the trees in December and that will be a good time to plant them.
Patty McKeehan Says:
Jan 1st, 2013 at 6:20 pm
We’d like to replace our ancient, dying orchard with a variety of fruit and nut trees. In particular, we’d like to prune the open vase way, keeping the trees low and manageable. Do we need to stay with dwarf or semi-dwarf, or can we manage to shape/contain the growth of a standard tree to 8-10 feet? I’d love to grown a pecan tree, but 100 feet!! Also, we are at 2600 feet elevation, right in Grass Valley. We have an open field, red clay soil, and it’s been an unused pasture, just mowed once yearly, for 30 years. We hope to be using deep wood chip mulch, as per ‘BacktoEden’ ideas. Primary concern: pruning/training standard to low, open vase shape and size - doable? advisable? alternative? (Guess we’ll be planting soon, in February!) Thanks!
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jan 9th, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Patty, If you’re going to restore an orchard, be sure to check the range of information we have in Fruit Tree Central (all our fruit tree videos & articles) http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/articles/fruit-trees We ha.ve a new article there that compares the training styles of trees. The problem with open vase training is that you end up with weak branches that usually need to be supported while they are fruiting. Modified Central Leader is the most popular style with orchardists. Dwarf and semi-dwarf rootstocks will help you. You can prune a standard rootstock tree to keep it low, but your lives will be easier if you start with smaller rootstock. You say it is red clay soil, but most soil in the upper levels of Nevada County is actually clay loam. Start with a soil test, to see if you need to amend your soil. While you are waiting for the results, shop our selection of trees online, by using the sidebar categories to narrow your choices for size, zone, and chill hours. Then come to our nursery to choose your trees, with the help of our staff, and enjoy quantity discounts. The best book you can buy is The Home Orchard, by Chuck Ingels from UC Davis Extension http://www.groworganic.com/the-home-orchard.html