Save with These Varieties of Bare Root Fruit Trees and Berries

| 2/9/2018 9:55:00 AM

Tags: bare root, propagation, garden planning, food forests, fruit trees, permaculture, California, Joshua Burman Thayer,


In northern forests, leaves falling to the soil each fall serves a big function. First, all of the carbon from last season’s leaves falls to the ground to both provide nutrients as well as to mulch and insulate the soil temperature. Second, by dropping their leaves, the canopy trees above allow for the winter sun to penetrate into the soil below, spawning the growth and flowering of understory herbs and shrubs.

At the beginning of each year, nurseries around the county offer bare root fruit trees. These berries and trees are still dormant until warmer weather and longer days coax them from their winter rest.  For dormant fruit trees, winter is the time to do pruning. While they rest without leaves, they are less fussy about pruning or transplanting.

Now is the best time to get them for ~40% of the price they will be in the spring. An added bonus, as they are “bare”, they are lighter and easier to transport.

Good Varieties for Bare Root Fruit Trees

Apples: “Gala” or other low-chill variety*

Pears: “20th Century Asian” or “D’Anjou”

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