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    11-28-2012, 01:35 AM
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I get my fruit trees from Stark Bros. They are about an hour north of me, so I even save on shipping and go pick them up myself.

I had the best luck by starting an LLC business and going to the commercial side of Starks. The customer service is great and so are the prices. This area is not good for growing a lot of the varieties of fruit trees and my sales person was a huge help guiding me on what I could grow and what I could not grow without serious complications, Like Honey Crisp, he said I needed allot more experience before trying HC.

The deer are my biggest problem, what trees they don't eat they will rub all the bark off, and kill the tree that way. Two apple trees dead this fall. They also severely damaged my new "Kindred Spirit" oak tree, I do not know if it will survive.
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    11-28-2012, 01:56 AM
Okay, well...I have heard about enough of this happy seed shopping pooh. All I can say is...its nice and sunny here, no snow...and it will be in the mid 70's all week...probably, all next week, too. So there!
    11-28-2012, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
I got the fruit trees - pear, apple, plums, cherry and peach from a local nursery the apples are struggling - I lost the first ones I planted, the pear are a bit spindly but they do produce fruit. I got the apricot and kiwi fruit and the fruiting bushes type from Miller Nurseries - all doing well
I have a lilac and a wisteria (not fruit I know) that are really huge now but never flowered - ideas anyone?
Ok, I'm not sure about this (need to check my shrub/tree book) but I think Lilacs like a more acidic soil. I have ones I have planted here and they grow wild in the woods like crazy, but my area is on the acidic side. Rhododendrons (sp?) also grow well here and they need acidic soil.
Enough so, that one needs to lime the fields to get a good crop or even pasture going, so maybe check to see what lilac and wisteria needs for soil levels.
    11-28-2012, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Okay, well...I have heard about enough of this happy seed shopping pooh. All I can say is...its nice and sunny here, no snow...and it will be in the mid 70's all week...probably, all next week, too. So there!
*sticks hand out in the "talk to the hand" fashion as she kicks snow off her boots and grumbles...*

FLy- I'm not signed up with Gurneys, or at least I haven't lately.... but I did check thier website and they do have some trees I'm interested in so I'm going to sign up again. Thanks for the tip and let us know how much you spent on seeds and how thrilled DH was.

Taffy- Thank very much for the info on Stark's. I like some of their varieties of trees, and I have a business and didn't think about going the commercial route for tree purchases, so thanks for that idea too.
Once upon a time I had planned to go for a large (well as large as one person can do on their own, anyway) organic something or another fruit... I may have to revisit that idea.
Good to know I can contact them for help too.
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    11-28-2012, 09:33 AM
Wisteria actually grows as a weed here. It is so beautiful when it blooms! What is a chocolate vine?
    11-28-2012, 09:35 AM
Hahaha!! Missy!! I'll eat a tomato to that!
It's been coooolllldddd the past few days, but 70's coming this weekend! Ride? No ride. Family coming... To fill my freezer with deer! Going to slice up my hands again, oh joy!!

Taffy I'm just below you a ways... Hmmm a trip up there...
Yeah bummer on HC's, we are too warm for them, fruit drop. Those are our favorite! Settled for pixie crunch and sundance, what did you get?
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    11-28-2012, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
Grrr... That list! Nooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P
You're soooo welcome!
(I really really want those sauce tomatoes... hmmm, we do have a paypal account... :)

I got my Honeyberries from Springhill. They were tiny (6 inches), one looked great with lots of shoots, the other was DEAD. So I got them to ship me another but didn't get it until this fall. Soooo, we'll see. The first one did make it through the drought with lots of pampering so I have highish hopes...
NOT ordering from them again. Bought tons of stuff from them the past two years and all I have to show is a stupid orange plant and those pitiful honeyberries.
I learned the hard way too... some things are ok from the small storefront type of places, other things need to be gotten from the big boys. I won't even confess to how many plants I have murdered in order to learn what NOT to do.
I had a horrible black thumb for years!

Have any of you tried the chocolate vine yet? I did, but the drought and heat killed it.
Not yet, have thought about one though...

My fruit trees came from Gurney's. Paid for the standard deluxe ones... Three apples made it but MY POLLINATOR died. So gots to replace it. The goats ate my nectarine and it came back with a vengeance three feet tall now! It was nothing but a teeny tiny stump! With your green thumb (ARM) I'm sure you can make it with these. VERY vigorous. I won't have apples for another year, these poor babies are lucky to be alive! No water AT ALL for two months and 120 degree days.
Sorry, I didn't realize it was still bad there. Hard to focus when I'm already scooping snow. Grrrr *lockwood dislikes being cold*

This was my third year planting blueberries. I'm done. Drought, goats, chickens, and even the dogs had it out for them. Sooo maybe the honeyberries will take, fingers crossed!
Um...goats are great for berries.

Lockwood you are right! Talk about an investment! I need so much more but I'm not planting more trees until the drought snaps. We are still hauling water, putting in another, and I've had it. Buuuuttttt these sales... ;)

Are you signed up for Gurney's emails? Going to check out the sites you guys listed!!! Thanks!
Am going to sign up later today...
    11-28-2012, 09:51 AM
Doing talk to text so bear with me ladies, there are bound to be mistakes. Taffy I am super jealous of your proximity to Stark Brothers! I would be broke if I were that close. That is where I plan to order Apple trees. My pear trees (that hopefully have a normal year so I can make Lockwood more jealous and then she can come get a truck load haha) were transplants that my grandma moved from her grandma's farm to ours a very long time ago. I know they are older than I am. So since they are antiques does that make them "heirloom" Bartletts? Lol.

I inherited a few more trees last month. My (not horse) grandparents made the permanent move to their winter home in FL. I now have patio fruit trees - a donut peach, cherry, pluot, apricot, and another peach. Any experience with them? I'm assuming they are just dwarfs? Only supposed to mature around 5 ft tall.

DD has asked "since Merit is getting kicked out with the girls can I have his pasture?" He's my coming 2 yo I had cut. Asked her why and she wants to plow it up and plant sweet corn to sell, and bank all of the cash. I think I might tell my little entrepreneur yes. It's likely I will have ambrosia sweet corn taking over my pretty private stud pasture...
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    11-28-2012, 10:11 AM
Originally Posted by FlyGap    
Hahaha!! Missy!! I'll eat a tomato to that!
It's been coooolllldddd the past few days, but 70's coming this weekend!
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Well, well, oh, just....oh, fine!

Yeah, what is a chocolate vine? I have wisteria. I do not like them. I did not know what it was when we first moved here and they were tiny -I should have figured it out w the large pergola above them, duh. Unfortunately I watered it. Let me tell ya...they are drought tolerant...I know b/c I have not watered them in hopes they would die. DH likes them, but doesn't do the watering.
    11-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Forgot to add about the lilac. How big is it jaydee? If they get really large and bigger trunks (are they even called trunks when it is several in a bush?) they will slow down a lot or not even flower at all. I take out a lot of the bigger, older growth every couple of years and top them. They go crazy and it is easier for my kiddo to reach on her little ladder to cut for fresh arrangements.
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