Buy Fruiting Plants for Your Home Orchard / Food Forest! -Backyard Edible Landscape Options

Buy Fruiting Plants for Your Home Orchard / Food Forest! -Backyard Edible Landscape Options


Hi YouTubers! I’m Al Gracian from albopepper.com. Edible landscaping. Backyard orchard. Food forests. Urban gardening. More and more people are looking for trees,
shrubs, vines and ground covers that are EDIBLE. Where can you find the varieties you’re looking
for? What options do we have as consumers? Want to transform your yard from some non-functional,
cookie cutter lo into a thriving, productive garden? An infusion of plant biodiversity is the key! And what better way to transport plants than
in these small stasis chambers, otherwise known as seeds? Trees planted from a seed have the most natural
root systems, which may include a strong, uninterrupted taproot. Seedling-grown trees DO have limitations though. Often, it takes several years to reach fruit
bearing maturity. For some varieties that might mean 10 or more
years! Seeds also result in genetic diversity. But this is a double-edged sword. Let’s say we plant the apple seed from this
Honey Crisp apple. The resulting tree might produce apples that
are just as good or even better than a Honey Crisp. Bigger? Sweeter? But there’s potential for so much diversity
in the offspring, that the fruit might not be nearly as good. Small? Sour? And what about disease resistance? This too is an unknown. And that is where Nursery Stock comes in! A nursery grown fruit tree is often cloned
from a known variety. One that has been identified to be fruitful
and delicious. The traits are predictable. Many fruit trees even come in a grafted form. Imagine a tree that resists diseases and water
stress very well. It’s vigorous and hardy. The only problem? The fruit is gross! Now on the other hand, you may have a fruiting
variety that’s SOOOO delicious. But it’s also prone to many diseases. But with grafting, we can fuse two organisms
into one! Nurseries can use the roots and trunk from
the hardy tree and they can graft a delicious fruiting variety on top. The bottom part is known as the root stock. The top is a scion. The result is a tree that offers the best
of both worlds. It’s just one example of the advantages
of nursery grown plants. Obviously, buying plants that have already
begun to mature can save you YEARS of waiting. And the results you get, are much more predictable. When you start digging in, you might be surprised
to learn just how many plant varieties are out there! There’s fruit that I would have never seen
or tasted if I hadn’t first bought the plants from a retailer. Alright! So it’s worth buying some professionally grown
fruit plants. But where should you get them? At a big box store or some local nursery? Or should you just buy them online? You can’t get trees through the mail… can
you? Let’s look at some pros and cons of local
versus online vendors. Often, local stores sell plants adapted to
your growing zone. And specific varieties may be grown in local
nurseries. They may be selected to resist diseases that
are common in your area. But unfortunately, many nurseries are hit
and miss when it comes to both selection and availability. What if you want something other than apples
and peaches? What about paw paws or persimmons? Or maybe you want a peach tree, but not just
any peach. You want a dwarf, white fleshed peach. Can you just walk into a Lowes and find one? For a nearly endless variety, that’s where
mail order or online nurseries really shine! You can find plants that are able to grow
in your zone. But you can also experiment with ones that
are just at the edge of your climate. Things that might look tropical, but are able
to grow in a temperate zone. Exotic sounding fruits like passion fruit
or kiwi. Impress the local green thumbs with a diverse
range of fruit producers! When I first bought my property, I immediately
planned on what to rip out and what to plant. I’ve tried several online nurseries with good
success. The first one I want to tell you about is
my favorite: Raintree Nursery. This Washington state nursery offers amazing
selection. Plants you’ve never even heard of, including
west coast natives. A good balance between selection and price. They tend to be my preferred online plant
seller. After speaking with the owner, James Owens,
I managed to arrange a quick look at their operation for you. I ordered a couple of grape vines at the end
of the Fall shipping season. Here’s the luxuriant view of my suburban backyard
in PA. And as my order is received, we’re going to
take a 3,000 mile journey… And here’s the view from Raintree Nursery’s
backyard! This is where our journey begins! I feel a little out of my element here. So why don’t we have James fill us in on
his operation? Hey guys. This is James at Raintree Nursery. I’m gonna tell you a little bit about how
we ship these plants out. A lot of people are curious as to how we pack
the plants and how we’re able to ship them without damaging these living organisms. So we’re gonna show you here. The plants here are proceeding down from the
cold storage warehouse into our receiving greenhouse. They’re then sent down into the shipping area
with the order. Here you can see Roy, one of our employees,
our packers. He’s prepping the plant for shipment. The first thing he does is do any pruning
that needs to happen. Take off any dead leaves. Clear the pot of any weeds. Make sure that it’s in good shape. He’s cutting those stakes to the exact length
of the box. So those stakes are what’s gonna help keep
the plants straight and also prevent the potted plant from sliding around up and down in the
box. So you can see we water the plants, then wrap
them always in plastic around the pots so that they don’t dry out. You can see in here, we just sort of set them
in. Roy’s thinking about how he’s going to pack
the box to make sure that there’s no movement, once the plant is shipped no matter what side
the box is turned on. You can see he surrounds the plants with paper. And then closes it up. And then this box is is headed out to see
Al. So I hope you have good luck with this Al. Thanks so much to Raintree Nursery for providing
these plants! Although they didn’t pay me to feature them,
they did donate these plants to my “estate”. And they took time to give us a glimpse into
their operation. Hopefully, I’ll have nice updates to share
with you in the months and years to come! As you’ll see, you can get more than just
small seedlings or vines to survive shipping. How about a four foot tree? Yep, they can do that! Raintree Nursery is my default online plant
vendor and I’ve placed more orders with them than anyone else. That said, there are other US based nurseries
that I’ve bought from. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about
them as well! BayLaurelNursery.com – This California based
nursery is an online seller of Dave Wilson’s Nursery fruit trees. They have a HUGE selection of grafted stone
fruits, with multiple root stock options. I’ve purchased my bare root peaches, apricots
& plums from them. Even a 4-in-1 grafted variety! EdibleLandscaping.com – A Virginia based nursery
with a broad selection of edible plants, including some uncommon varieties. Shipping is available year round, although
stock fluctuates. I got a very nice potted Asian Persimmon grafted
on an American Persimmon root stock. Just Fruits and Exotics.com – This is a Florida
based nursery. They have lots of unique fruiting plants,
including an impressive selection of persimmons. My mother-in-law’s Asian Persimmon came from
this vendor. OneGreenWorld.com – An Oregon based nursery. They offer a large selection, including some
remarkable west coast natives. In years past, I’ve received good quality
plants. And there are multiple plants I’ve ordered
from them. Check out each vendors’ selections & shipping
terms and compare that to where you live. Hopefully, your state doesn’t impose restrictions
preventing you from ordering online. It’s important to keep in mind that there
are certain shipping seasons and methods. Generally, the Spring season is the ideal
time to get your plants shipped to you. As you might expect, many plants come in pots. But in the Spring, you may also get bare root
plants. They’ve been dormant all Winter and need to
get planted in Spring as the ground becomes workable. Bare root plants had been dug up with the
dirt shaken off the roots. Long roots are trimmed for shipping and wrapped
to keep them moist so they don’t dry out and die. Many growers prefer bare root plantings because
the tree develops a more natural root structure, since there isn’t any of that circling root
ball thing going on. The packages are much lighter, the trunk caliper
is often thicker, and you can easily fit multiple trees in a single order. Once the trees wake up though, it’s too late
to send bare roots. Any online orders would need to be potted. Such trees may need some detangling or even
pruning of the roots to encourage proper growth after planting. This takes us to our second big shipping season:
Autumn. As plants are preparing for or entering dormancy,
that can be a good time to transplant the ones you own. Or to buy new ones for incorporation before
Winter sets in. So even if it’s already mid-season, don’t
rule out the option of ordering some plants before the year ends. In the winter, planting season might seem
far off, but right NOW is the time to start planning! It’s early March in the US, here in zone 6
and the ground’s frozen. But I wouldn’t wait until late Spring to start
thinking about fruit trees or berry bushes. Go online and start learning about the various
fruiting plants that are adapted to your growing zone. Sign up for catalogs. Test run some books from the library. My favorite author? Lee Reich. All three of these books are worth a read. There’s so much more out there than you may
realize! Do your homework and formulate a plan! I hope this video has offered some food for
thought and for your backyard! Thanks so much for taking time to watch. Thanks to Raintree Nursery for participating
in this video. And thanks to all of you growers out there,
both professional AND amateur! With your help, we can beautify our communities
one yard at a time. Join me in my personal journey by subscribing
to my channel. Don’t forget that thumbs up. And as always, Happy Gardening!

21 thoughts on “Buy Fruiting Plants for Your Home Orchard / Food Forest! -Backyard Edible Landscape Options

  • If you plant an apple from seed I'm willing to bet it will be garbage. According to some sources, thechance to get an apple tree which yields any fruit is about 1 in 10, and atree yielding edible apples at about 1 in 25. Other sources also claim statistics as 1:250 to get an apple asgood as the origin, and 1:250,000 to get a better apple than the origina

  • Excellent information that is well organized .. as usual 🙂
    I appreciate the interviews with various online Growers
    Thanks ! … and Cheers from Alberta.

  • im still a little unclear about d'anjou pear trees. do they need pollinated from a bartlett to grow an anjou or is the seed that grows a d'anjou basically a hybridized seed?

  • Excellent, thanks. This will be our 3rd year on our new property, this is the year I'm hoping to get some trees in the ground. We did some saplings last year, but after that effort I've decided to start with something a bit bigger.

  • Now I saw maracujá in your video I need to say, I have 3 seedlings growing under a 50w cob led 👍 I love those flowers and fruits.

  • Great production and information Albo. A must view for anyone wanting to plant fruit trees and shrubs. thanks for sharing.

  • Good video! Thanks for the info. Based on your recommendation, I stopped by the justfruitsandexotics nursery in Florida this last weekend. They were great! Extremely helpful, willing to both listen to what I was doing in my small food forest, and talk about all kinds of choices and options for my specific needs. They had a superb array of fruit trees and plants. Definitely recommend them to anyone who is seriously considering edible landscaping or building a food forest.

  • when did u place your order from bay laurel
    when did they charge your credit card
    when were they delivered?
    how much per tree shipping?
    im NE ohio 6a and was interested in dave wilson
    was looking at groworganic.com until i saw your post
    looking at 10 of the crosses from dave wilson next spring

  • Love your videos. I'm in Pittsburgh too just beginning the process of edible landscaping in my Pittsburgh suburban lawn. Since you're from the area, I wonder what local resources you have found?

  • I just found you. NEED TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT
    THE CARDBOARD HOW DO U PLANT PLANTS ON TOP OF THE CARDBOARD?

  • Great video and information….it's in my favorites so I can check out the nurseries you mentioned! Thanks for putting this together and sharing!

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