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Buying trees local or online?
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justpeachy
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January 16, 2021 - 1:06 pm

So i am starting an orchard, modestly.  Planning to buy 4 blueberry and 4 peach trees this year. A few more each year.

My uncle recommends Stark bros.  He's bought from them for years.  But, I also like the idea of local...

The local place is selling peach trees for $80, but claim them to be "fruit bearing age"  Stark has them for around $40 and they are 3-4 foot tall...

Which direction should i go?

 

Thanks.

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jekahrs
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January 16, 2021 - 4:40 pm

One option is OGW (One Green World). They have a relatively large variety of peaches at less than $80 (
Typically $40) and if you pick the trees up at their location at SE Holgate and SE 134th you pay no freight charges. Typically they are bare root, so you will have to give them at least a year before they produce. Sometimes they might produce a fruit or two. If you're in the Willamette Valley, good luck with the peaches. I had to pull mine out because the tree had some disease and the branches were dripping in clear sap:

https://onegreenworld.com/prod.....ine/peach/

Burnt Ridge is about 1.5 hours north of Porttland off I-5 near the 3 Copper Monuments:

https://www.burntridgenursery......oducts/14/

Stark Brothers is located all the way in Missouri, and the trees have adjusted to that climate, making acclimation a touch more difficult. They don't call it *misery* for nothing.

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Viron
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January 16, 2021 - 7:08 pm

Could not agree more with all of Jekahrs advice Wink

I had both mail ordered and hunted down local peach trees.  With several described as ‘immune’ to at least a couple of the multitude of peach tree diseases - and with the best of care, none survived.  

My advice to others became, if you want something different, try an Asian plum.  If you need something more exotic, try an Asian Persimmon.  If still in need, either a Desert King or Brown Turkey Fig..  

I’d long ago been advised against both Peaches and Apricots in the PNW.  I didn’t listen.. but should have Confused

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John S
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January 17, 2021 - 11:47 am

I couldn't agree more with jekahrs and Viron.

A peach tree is a project for advanced orchardists. You have to really want to work at it and maybe not get results anyway in the PNWet. I would throw nectarines in there as well, and agree on apricots. They hate our wet, eternal springs.

Asian plums are delicious and amazingly productive.

Portland Nursery is a solid nursery with a lot of selection.

JOhn S
PDX OR

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Dubyadee
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January 19, 2021 - 9:40 pm

Local or mail order.  Whichever one has the cultivars you are looking for. Mail order might be pruned to fit in shipping box and wind up smaller.  Local sellers usually have one-year warranty of survival and easy return for replacement.  

Stake down side branches of the blueberries you plant and they will grow roots.  You can transplant next season. I'd buy bare root blueberries, potted ones tend to be potbound and have a hard time acclimating to soil.  Pots are usually a solid mass of fine, tangled roots.

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