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Latest product and growing information plus what's happening at DWN.
Frequently asked questions: “Where on the Dave Wilson Nursery website are the dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees?”, “What variety-rootstock combinations are grown?”.
Retail sources for Dave Wilson Nursery plant varieties have been updated for the 2018-19 season. When deciding what to plant this year, remember the easy-to-grow fruit types like figs, jujubes, persimmons and pomegranates. Be sure also to consider the recent Zaiger Genetics/Dave Wilson Nursery introductions.
Fall-winter wholesale division shipping season has begun, with deliveries of Dave Wilson Nursery potted fruit varieties well underway. Bare root shipments are expected to begin by mid-December. The Where to Buy pages and Variety Finder have been updated with retailer orders for the 2017-2018 season, and they are now integrated with Google maps to show retailer locations.
The DWN Variety Finder has been updated for the 2016-2017 season. Find retailers for all DWN home garden fruits, nuts, shade and ornamental varieties, including new and recent Zaiger fruits such as Ghost Apple, 6GM25 low-chill self-fruitful cherry, Candy Heart Pluerry™ and Sugar Twist Pluerry™.
(2016) Planting season is here! The page "Where To Buy DWN Trees" has links to lists of retail nurseries 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. Before choosing varieties, beginners may wish to review the basics of backyard fruit growing.
Of the 300+ Dave Wilson Nursery home garden tree fruit varieties, which ones receive the most attention from website users? Two home garden tree fruit Top Varieties lists have been tabulated - the overall Top 50, dominated by low-chill varieties, and the Top 40 of varieties requiring 500 or more chill hours.
Tested as 32MF92, this complex flavored, exceptionally sweet interspecific hybrid (parentage includes Japanese plum and sweet cherry) from Zaiger Genetics wowed the panel at DWN fruit tastings in 2011 and 2014.
In climates that can be highly variable from year to year, experienced fruit growers know the value of crop diversity. To spread the risk of crop failure, home growers can add higher- or lower-chill varieties for their differing adaptabilities and bloom times, disease-resistant varieties, and varieties with different ripening dates. A good place to start might be
At most Northern and Central California locations, accumulated fruit tree chilling from November 1st to February 10th was lower than a year ago in terms of chill hours (hours below 45°F). In terms of chill portions as calculated using the more complex Dynamic Model, however,
Insufficient chilling last winter significantly reduced some California deciduous fruit tree crops, Northern California cherry growers and Southern California home growers being among those affected. This winter, as of January 10th, due to unusually warm temperatures until about Christmas, accumulated fruit tree chilling for most California locations was