Fall is just around the corner, which means it is time for the kick-off of tree planting season. One important category of tree to consider planting is fruit trees. Many in our area have already experienced the great edibles awakening, which is taking root in urban and rural landscapes alike. The following are three major reasons why we think you should consider planting fruit trees in your landscape this fall.
We heard the rumors of a fruit tree that is said to be very resilient; far more durable than most edibles. Its confidence is said to be that of a fruit tree that taunts, “Bring it on!” to our South Georgia heat. It is whispered across the land that this fruit tree tastes much like an apple, yet takes only a fraction of the care. This fruit tree of legendary mystery is the Jujube. While Jujube is a relatively new introduction to many Americans, it has been grown in China and across Asia for its delicious fruit for over 4000 years.
Premium Jujube cultivars have been introduced to the United States over the past 100 years, yet have been overlooked in the mainstream of edibles until the last 10-20 years. The Jujube is gaining momentum in American home and commercial edibles cultivation. Because of their flavor, many premium fruit juice companies are starting to use them as major fillers in apple-cranberry, apple-grape or similar blends. We won’t mention names, but just read the labels, you might be surprised. Many Americans have been drinking Jujube juice for several years now without even realizing it.
Have you ever found refuge in the cool shade of a pecan tree on a scorching hot summer day? Have you ever had the opportunity to harvest home grown pecans with your family on a brisk, fall afternoon? Have those freshly cracked pecans found their way into a family favorite recipe, like pecan pie? If you responded “Yes!” to any of these questions, then chances are you have been fortunate enough to enjoy memories such as these that last a life time; that can even connect one generation to the next. If you would like to grow these kinds of memories, then taking the small step of planting a pecan tree in your home landscape could turn into a generational legacy.
At Wise Nurseries, we take pride in helping to make these opportunities possible. We are approaching the time of year when pecan trees will be arriving and available for purchase at our Statesboro garden center. The stock will arrive in the next two to three weeks and will sell quickly; especially the bare root trees. Call us in the next 7-10 days to reserve your picks from our incoming stock. (912-489-2110)
Listed below are the varieties we will have available this year. Be sure to plant a type 1 with a type 2 for good cross pollination.
It's that time! We've made it through the holidays, and it's already time to start transitioning toward spring. Edibles are going to create some buzz this year. Wise Nurseries is working hard to set the standard for edible plant material in the Southeast. By maintaining high quality at competitive prices, and specializing in varieties that thrive in the Southeast, our trees are sure to please. Plus, most of our edibles come with picture tags with care instructions!
We currently have the nicest crop we've ever grown of apples, pears, peaches, plums and much more. Let's take a tour through some of our edible plant selections...
We have a large selection of properly pruned 15gal Nectarines and Peaches: including Fantasia, Babcock, Elberta, Donut and more. We take the time to properly prune them and keep them vase shaped, low, & well branched with open centers. This method is how the pros do it in the production orchards to allow good sunlight penetration and air flow. This pruning method also lowers pest and disease exposure while producing sweeter fruit that's easier to pick. These trees are ready to make an INSTANT ORCHARD in your back yard!
Nectarines (Prunus persica) are basically a non-fuzzy peach. They are considered a relatively new fruit, although they have been around for at least 2,000 years. The fruit is brightly colored, sweet and fragrant. Nectarines can be divided into two categories according to their type of flesh: melting and non-melting. Melting varieties soften as they ripen, and are very juicy. Non-melting varieties stay firm even while ripening. They can also be divided according to how the flesh separates from the pit. Freestone nectarines separate easily from the pit, while clingstone "cling" to the pit.
Nectarines can be used as small specimen trees or in mixed borders. They have showy pink blossoms in spring, and long arching leaves all summer long. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Early morning sun is important to help dry the leaves and reduce the chance of disease. If necessary, cut off any broken or mutilated roots, otherwise keep root pruning to a minimum. Plant the same depth as grown in the nursery. When the hole is half filled, firm the soil with your feet or shovel handle before filling the rest of the way. Pack the soil firmly. Do not leave a depression around the tree. Water well after planting to help eliminate air pockets.
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