Bareroot plants take center stage this time of year. We’re proud of the great selection we offer. Assuming these plants will be in your garden for many years, you’ll want to make the best choices possible. When selecting a fruit tree consider some of the following points:
- What type of soil do you have – choose a root stock accordingly.
- Do you want a standard tree or a semi-dwarf or dwarf tree.
- When do you want to harvest your fruit.
- And then there’s the “chill hour” issue – do you have enough cold hours for your fruit tree or does it not matter.
- If you’re perplexed, we’ll be happy to help you with your decision.
There are many ways to plant a home orchard, some of them quite unique. You’ll find lots of ideas on this Dave Wilson website.
You can have the best of two worlds with many peach and nectarine trees. Most of these sport lovely blooms but some are quite spectacular!
Another year of stunning bareroot roses – climbers, hybrid teas, floribundas, shrubs, miniatures and tree roses. Roses prefer a good foundation; add Bumper Crop or Gold Rush to enrich your soil. Be aware that these plants are attractive to deer and gophers as well as to humans!
Yes. It’s really that time already! Get out the gloves and sharpen the pruning shears! January is the time to prune your fruit trees, roses and grapes. If you’re unsure about the proper technique for any of these plants, we have a handy little book with lots of information. You’ll want to treat stone fruit differently than non-stone fruit. Shrub roses, climbing roses and tree roses all require different techniques.
Don’t neglect your deciduous ornamental grasses. If you shear them back after they’ve started new growth, you may end up with flat, cut off blades.
One more winter chore. If you have peaches and/or nectarines this is the time to spray them with copper. Our product is named “Liqui-Cop”, available in pints or quarts. We recommend spraying three time during the dormant season but at least twice. The crucial spray is just before bud drop. The disease Peach Leaf Curl is particularly prevalent in wet years.
Two very useful Nandinas. The first is ‘Fire Power Nana’ which grows about 1 to 2′ tall and adds some great color to the winter landscape. Next to it is ‘Lemon Lime’ which will reach 3 to 4′. Both plants are very versatile being great container plants as well fitting in most landscapes. ‘Lemon Lime’ prefers more shade than most Nandinas.
Bees and hummingbirds have a hard time finding appealing flowering plants this time of year. Manzanitas to the rescue! You can still plant native California plants. Also, throw out some wildflower seeds and take advantage of the upcoming rains.