Ames Orchard and Nursery
Specializing in disease resistant fruit trees and plants suited for the Ozarks,
including apple, pear, grape, elderberry, pawpaw, and other fruits.
Reasonable prices. Expert advice.
Don’t Miss Our Facebook Page!
The Ames Orchard & Nursery Facebook page is where we post a lot of timely stuff, like what fruit we’re bringing to the Fayetteville Farmers Market, photos of huge or cool or beautiful fruit, notices about upcoming workshops (ours and others), etc. You can message us from there, too.
Fall Planting Is Best! And it’s just now starting!!!
Fall planting gets trees off to a better start than spring planting. Here’s why: here in the South, tree roots–especially the important tiny root hairs–continue to grow through the winter even though the tops are dormant. When fall-planted trees come out of dormancy in the spring they are well-established and far outperform an identical tree planted in the late spring (when so many of us succumb to the temptation of potted trees already leafed out and for sale in the Big Store parking lot).
However, “fall” is not synonymous with football season! Fall literally means “leaf fall,” so it’s not really fall for our purposes until the leaves have fallen, usually early-mid November. IF the ground isn’t frozen, you can plant trees in the Ozarks all through the winter. So, though fall (November & December) is best, January and February and even early March is better than planting late in March and certainly not in April! Trees planted that late will be transpiring moisture through their leaves before their roots are taking up water, and such trees will have to suck water out of other plant tissues resulting in what is called “transplant shock.”