About our Trees
Our trees are grown on a small, 5 acre farm in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. We have great soil and it shows in the health of our trees. Although we are not certified, we use organic farming practices to keep the trees and the soil healthy.
Bareroot: trees that are grown in the ground and while dormant are dug and sold with no soil on the roots. The roots are bare, although we keep them moist. This allows the trees to be transported without soil or a pot. It limits the season to the dormant period, which is generally December through March where we are located. Bareroot trees develop a vigorous root system and do not become pot bound like many potted plants can.
Potted: trees are potted in 2 gallon Anderson tree pots. These pots are designed to "air prune" the roots on the bottom of the pot, keeping the roots from becoming pot bound. We use organic, OMRI certified potting soil.
All of our trees are healthy, one year old bud grafts on two year old rootstocks. Some trees are a "maiden" having a single whip and some are "feathered maidens" having many lateral branches. Trees range in size from 3ft to 8ft. All shipped trees will be pruned to fit into a 4-5ft box.
The rootstock is what we graft the variety onto. It imparts different qualities on the mature tree, whether it be size, disease and pest resistance, tolerance of soil types etc.
Rootstocks we offer trees on:
Old Home Farmingdale 97(OHF 97) Standand size, but more precocious and productive than seedling stocks. Resistant to fire blight. Hardy to zone 4
Old Home Farmingdale 333(OHF 333) Semi-dwarf rootstock. 1/2 to 2/3 standard size. Resistant to fire blight, collar rot, wooly aphids and pear decline. Precocious, well-anchord, very productive trees. Hardy to zone 4
Quince(55% of standard) Precocious, high yielding, resistant to crown gall, pear decline and nematodes. Tolerance of wet soils. Hardy to zone 5
Mazzard: More water tolerant than Mahaleb. Cold hardy, resists root-knot nematode, vigorous, moderately resistant to oak root fungus.
Mahaleb: More drought tolerant and cold hardy than Mazzard. Resists bacterial canker, smaller tree than Mazzard, moderately resistant to crown gall and root lesion-nematodes.
Peaches and Nectarines
Lovell(Standard) Hardy to zone 4. Provides a potentially longer lived tree with more disease resistance and hardiness than some other rootstocks. Not resistant to nematodes.
Nemaguard: (Standard) Hardy to zone 4. Proven resistance to nematodes, more resistant to crowngall. Makes a slightly smaller tree than lovell. Does not like wet soils. Plant on a mound in wet soils.
Plums and Apricots
Myrobalan 29c: Standard size rootstock. Less suckering than seedling rootstock. Resistant to root knot nematode. It makes a strong, well anchored tree that is well adapted to a variety or soils, including heavy soils. Hardy to zone 4
EMLA 111(75-85% size of standard) Vigorous, well anchored, resistant to collar rot and wooly aphids. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and a good selection for heavy, poorly-drained soils.