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Fruit plants and trees available at Gurney's

Fruits and Berries from Gurney's

At Gurney's, we believe the fruits grown in your home garden should taste better than what you'll find at the supermarket. We have a long history of working with plant breeders to find the most flavorful fruit varieties as well as fruit tree and berry plants that are disease resistant and easy to grow. We grow and trial fruit and berry varieties, and only select the best of the best to offer for sale.

Choosing the Right Fruit Tree

While you'll find lots of fruit trees for sale, how do you know what is the right variety for you? First consider your available space. Gurney's offers standard and dwarf fruit trees, as well as some that can be grown in containers. Many fruit growers prefer the Reachables fruit plants because they can be maintained and harvested without using a ladder. Next consider how you want to use your fruits--including how many you'd like to grow, if you want them for fresh eating only, or if you'd like some for canning and preserving. Finally, let your taste buds decide on your favorite fruit tree variety.

Fruits and Berries: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase

To get the top performance out of your fruit trees and berry plants, make sure you give them what they need. Almost all fruit trees and berry plants need full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily) and fertile, well-drained soil. They also need space to grow. When selecting fruit plants, note their mature height and spread.

Getting Started with Fruit Trees

With a little care and maintenance, including pruning and fertilization, your fruit trees will reward you with mouth-watering, sun-ripened fruits.

When to Plant Fruit Trees

Fruit trees can be planted in the spring or fall. Many prefer planting in the fall because the trees can put all of their energy into establishing their roots rather than growing foliage.

How to Plant Fruit Trees

Before planting, make sure your planting space receives full sun and has well-drained soil. Also, make sure your fruit tree has the space it needs at full maturity. Fruit trees perform best when they're not crowded.

Your fruit tree may arrive as a bareroot plant or a potted fruit plant. If it's bareroot, soak it in water for about 15 minutes before planting. Dig a hole that allows the roots to spread. Many people dig a hole that is about twice the size of the container. The graft or bud union (swollen area on the trunk, about 4-6 inches above the roots of all fruit trees) must be 1-2 inches above the soil surface (after settling). Dwarf trees should be staked. After planting, water the tree weekly during the growing season.

When to Prune Fruit Trees

Fruit trees should be pruned in early spring. The general rule is to prune less during the fruit tree's early or juvenile years.

How to Prune Fruit Trees

When pruning fruit trees, remove crossed or injured limbs and any branches that rub against each other. Avoid cutting short spurs from the main stem since these bear fruit first.

When to Fertilize Fruit Trees

Fertilize fruit trees in early spring, before they begin their annual growth cycle. We recommend Gurney's Fruit Tree Food, an all-natural fertilizer formulated specifically for fruit trees. To fertilize trees, start about a foot from the tree's trunk and spread it until you reach the tree's drip line.

How Long will it take for Fruit Trees to Bear Fruit

The length of time between planting fruit trees and them bearing fruit varies. Usually dwarf or Reachables trees bear fruit sooner than standard varieties--sometimes within a few years. Standard-sized fruit trees may take up to five years to bear fruit, but they'll often fruit sooner.
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