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2005 prices for Orchard size orders. Prices are FOB our nursery.
PLUM TREES FROM THE LITTLE TREE NURSERY
Thank you for considering the LITTLE TREE NURSERY as your supplier of fruit trees. Our plum trees are different from what is presently available in that they are all pot grown. Every root these trees ever had is right in the pot. They are ready to resume normal growth in your yard without any transplant shock or setback.
LITTLE TREE NURSERY trees are much more reliable when the field conditions are difficult. Although they are typically a little smaller than other nursery trees that have been recently "bare rooted", they usually catch up within a year or two. Trees which have been recently "bare rooted" have to regrow all fine fibrous roots and root hairs. This is frequently called the recovery period. Pot grown trees are ready to begin growth immediately.
Because LITTLE TREE NURSERY trees are smaller, they have the potential to develop strong scaffold branching at a convenient height. They have lots of lateral buds that are close to the ground. Many plum trees offered for sale are imported from much milder climates. They are 5 to 6 feet tall with minimal branching, long internodes, and few lateral buds. Such trees are very difficult to train into well formed productive trees.
At the LITTLE TREE NURSERY, we graft our plums and cherry plums onto Western Sandcherry (Prunus besseyi) seedlings. Western Sandcherry is known to be very disease free and drought tolerant. In the past, plums have been grafted onto Nanking Cherry and Native Canada Plum seedlings as well. Nanking Cherry rootstocks resulted in short lived plum trees because of latent compatibility problems. Native Canada Plum rootstocks usually result in extreme suckering and water sprout problems.
Typically the root stock is first grown from seed. After this root stock plant (sometimes called the under stock) is well established, a bud from a desirable plum tree is inserted (grafted) about 2 inches above ground level. When this bud starts to grow, the rootstock is cut back to just above the bud. The result is a desirable plum tree on a root of Western Sandcherry. We are experimenting with softwood etiolated cuttings which would have the effect of putting the plum trees on their own roots. Although some of this work is presently being done by tissue culture, there is still some question about long term survival of some varieties.
Be sure to note the pollination requirements of each variety. It is becoming increasingly certain that the most common P. nigra x P. salicina hybrids require pollen from the Native Canada Plum (P. nigra) for maximum productivity. This proposal is obscured by the facts that bees carry pollen a long way and that many older gardeners grew the Native Canada Plum seedlings for ornamental and fruit purposes from seeds which they had collected themselves. At the LITTLE TREE NURSERY, we will be offering wild Canada Plum for pollination purposes in the near future.
We expect our plum trees to be disease resistant, vigorous, hardy, long lived, and productive.
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