Last year I was amazed to see local nurseries selling 5-foot fruit trees for $150 apiece. Bear in mind that you often need two trees for cross-pollination. So you’re basically at $300 before even lifting a shovel. And when I returned a few months later, they were sold out!
Psst! Have I got a deal for you! If you don’t mind waiting a year or two for your first crop, you can save a bundle of money buying bare-root fruit trees by mail order. Typical prices are $21 to $25 apiece and the trees are nicely developed. They’re just not going to bear fruit this year.
Our Early Spring issue of Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living includes an article on how to grow apple trees in pots. Stark Bros. Nursery in Missouri supplied the trees for the photo shoot—and they’ve got a good selection. Another nursery you should look into is Miller Nurseries in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. They specialize in heirlooms that are impossible to find at local nurseries.
Get your order in now for delivery before trees leaf out.