How to Order Fruit Trees and Benchgrafts
WE ACCEPT ORDERS YEAR ROUND. We ship bareroot nursery stock during our natural dormant season (January through April depending on kind of fruit). Container stock may also be available for local delivery in Autumn. Please understand: We cannot maintain an inventory of all our possible variety/rootstock combinations.... Instead, we try to keep available a limited selection of our most popular and/or important varieties; these are usually propagated on standard or vigorous semi-dwarf rootstock. Since many varieties are likely to sell out before our shipping season begins, we encourage early orders for trees.
If you require variety/rootstock combinations not in inventory, we can propagate them for you on a custom basis during our grafting season (late February through early May). These can then be shipped to you as dormant Benchgrafts at the appropriate planting time - that same season. Benchgrafts are substantially less expensive, easier and cheaper to ship, and may be better adapted for planting in colder zones. This option, however, requires some horticultural skill and attention on the part of the customer. We provide detailed instructions and - if needed - telephone or written consultation.....
At the present time, Greenmantle Nursery will not be shipping any larger stock to customers outside of California, Oregon, and Washington. Instead - we offer custom Benchgrafts shipped by USPS- Priority Mail at a time appropriate for planting . While this approach may not prove satisfactory to every situation, it will nevertheless afford dedicated orchardists with the opportunity to grow hard-to-find varieties on the rootstocks of their choice.
To book an order for fruit trees or benchgrafts , we ask for an initial deposit of 50% of the order. However, it is best to write or call first to check on availability. We invoice customers for the balance due before shipping time.
must be paid in full prior to shipment....
PAYMENTS ARE MADE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER;
To place an order by mail , you may print out the ORDER FORM from this site or adapt any ordinary piece of paper. Please remember to include both mailing and shipping addresses if they are different; also your home & work telephone numbers so we can call you should we need to discuss your order....
Don't forget to indicate your rootstock preferences for each
variety! Information regarding these choices may be obtained from this website -
You may contact us by phone: (707) 986-7504 if you have any
ABOUT OUR STOCK
While our fruit tree inventory includes a diverse range of stock in various sizes, ages, and levels of branch development - both bareroot and in containers - most of the trees we ship are 1 year old whips (unbranched) or "feathered maidens" ( a few light branches). Typically, these are 42" to 50" tall; bigger trees are usually headed back to about 50" to fit our boxes and avoid UPS surcharges.
Our trees are shipped "bareroot", we actually try to leave a fair amount of soil around the roots when phytosanitary regulations permit. We feel this helps our trees get a better start when re-planted. Otherwise, the roots will packed in a peat moss/perlite mix that can be added to your planting medium.
We also ship out some older, more heavily branched stock when available - and when the tree can be safely pruned back to fit our boxes. All our trees, regardless of age and size, are guaranteed to be healthy and ready for planting in your orchard. Over the years, we have come to regard the younger, less branched stock to be the best choice for most situations; they are easier to train to a strong healthy form and are usually less traumatized by the transplanting process.
However, in situations where the newly planted trees will not receive an adequate level of protection and attention, the bigger, older trees will have an obvious advantage. If this is the case, growers might do well to nurture the younger trees for a season before planting them out in their permanent site. The extra time could be spent on orchard preparation (building fence, developing irrigation systems, improving soil) so the trees will have the best possible chance of getting established.
Customers who prefer older, more branched trees might note: Most of those branches should be pruned off before planting, and the remaining 2 or 3 are then headed back. This heavy pruning promotes a strong scaffold and compensates for root damage sustained at digging. Greenmantle Nursery prunes all its trees before shipment so the stock is ready for planting.
Greenmantle Nursery adheres to the organic approach to plant production - we do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides of any kind. While we are strictly organic, we do not presently participate in any official certification program. Customers purchasing Benchgrafts please note: we purchase our rootstocks from specialist nurseries that use conventional (i.e. chemical) methods of production. These are the best available rootstocks and conform to the highest phytosanitary standards, but are not organically grown. Most certification programs make allowances for this reality of the nursery industry; trees are recognized as organically grown after a season's growth under compliance with acceptable practice.
Greenmantle Nursery guarantees its stock to be correctly identified and correctly labeled. The plants we ship are healthy and viable, and are carefully packaged by us personally to arrive in this condition: Please open your package immediately upon receipt and inspect your plants. If you detect any problem......... inform us at once so that we may assist you in sorting it out.
However, beyond that point - We cannot accept responsibility
We care very much about every plant that we propagate, nurture and
sell - and wish them to thrive in their new homes. If you have any questions
at all relating to plants purchased from Greenmantle - please feel free
to call and consult with us.
Your satisfaction is important to us......
PRICE SCHEDULE (BAREROOT)
We have NO MINIMUM ORDER...... Our shipping rates, however,
* FOR GREENMANTLE'S TRADEMARKED
WE DO NOT SELL SCIONWOOD OR BUDWOOD...
We normally ship our stock via UPS Ground or U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail) may be possible on an individual basis. Please note that UPS requires a Street Address - Post Office Box addresses are not usually deliverable...
Local Deliveries: We can arrange to deliver bareroot and container nursery stock to our customers in many locations in Humboldt County. Please call for information.....
Bareroot Fruit Trees - via UPS Ground to CA, OR, WA
1-5 Trees: $15.00
Because UPS Ground shipments are not protected from freeze damage and since transcontinental delivery can take more than a week - we prefer not to ship trees by Ground to the Eastern half of the country. We do not use cold storage, so our trees must be shipped during their natural dormancy. This makes the logistics for shipment of many kinds of trees almost impossible for "Back East" customers who need to plant in April or May; even apples and pears are tricky to coordinate.
For these reasons, we offer our Benchgraft Option for customers in less temperate zones. Apples and pears work best this way, but we can also furnish Asian pears, cherries, and plums by this method; peaches, however, are propagated by summer budding and cannot be supplied as grafts.
Please check our
Option section for
RATE SCHEDULE FOR BENCHGRAFTS
No extra shipping charges will normally be required when benchgrafts are included in an order with tree...
Via UPS Ground - CA, OR, WA
1 - 10 Grafts: $12.00
Via U.S. Postal Service - Priority Mail (AIR)
1 - 10 Grafts: $14.00
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