Planting season is here! Most Dave Wilson Nursery potted items ―including blueberries, cane berries, figs, grapes and pomegranates― have been shipped to retail nurseries and garden centers. Deliveries of the bareroot fruit trees began last week.
The page Where To Buy DWN Trees has links to lists of retail nurseries and garden centers that carry Dave Wilson Nursery stock, and a link to the Variety Finder that can be used to find 2015-16 retail sources for each DWN home garden variety.
To use the Variety Finder, select a product group such as Plum, Pluot®, Pluerry™ & Cherry-plum (hit “Apply”), then select a variety such as the new Candy Heart Pluerry™ to see a list of retail nurseries, including mail order, that have ordered the variety for this season.
Before choosing fruit varieties to plant, beginning growers may wish to review the basics of backyard fruit growing. Good places to start include the following DWN pages:
Introduction to Home Fruit Growing
Backyard Orchard Culture
Selecting Varieties and Rootstocks
Planting Your Backyard Orchard
Backyard Fruit Tree Basics (video)
DWN Home Fruit Growing Questions and Answers
If possible, visit your local retail nurseries at times when they are not at their busiest, to ask questions and talk about home fruit growing in your specific climate. And consider calling your local or regional Cooperative Extension or Master Gardener fruit specialist to learn the keys to successful fruit growing in your area.
When choosing what to plant, all growers should be sure to think about having backyard-ripe fresh fruit all season long, from adapted varieties of early season blueberries and cherries to the late season figs, pomegranates, persimmons and apples (see the Fruit & Nut Harvest Chart). In many climates where the growing season is long, it is possible to plant a group of peach varieties, for example, that will give tree-ripe fresh peaches in succession for four months! Keep the trees small by summer pruning so they don't take up much space and provide a reasonable, usable amount of fruit in their harvest season (see Backyard Orchard Culture).
Good checklists of DWN home garden fruit varieties include the Fruit Tasting Report and Fruit Variety Recommendations. Consensus lists of high-appeal home fruit varieties are the DWN Website Top 50. and the DWN Website Top 40.
Dave Wilson Nursery wishes everyone an exciting, rewarding and healthy 2016 fruit growing year!