February 16, 2021
I tried out Means Nursery in Scappoose, OR and was very surprised by the size and quality of their fruit trees. I picked out a semi-dwarf (no rootstock labels on all trees) Satsuma Japanese Plum that was about 10' tall and 1.5" caliper, lots of nicely spaced scaffolds starting at knee height and a Green Gauge Euro Plum of roughly the same size (a little smaller). Also, there appeared to be minimal root trimming. I was even more surprised that all bare root trees are on sale now, $5 off, which meant they were each $19.99. There were even multi-graft espalier pears and apples for $30, and they appeared to be the same quality (and labeling!) as the ones found at Portland Nursery. Be aware, the trees are very large and unpruned and you have to dig them out of the sawdust inside of large tubs. Needless to say, I will be coming back next year (and possibly later this year!). The pricing was very noticeably less than other retail nurseries in the area.
What is your experience at Means Nursery? Do you have any other hidden gems to suggest to try out? I finally visited Al's nursery after hearing lots of hype and they seem to be on par with Portland Nursery, perhaps a little more mainstream even and less variety, at least in terms of the edibles section.
March 16, 2015
I bought some stuff at Means Nursery a few years ago and was pleased with them.
I had been using other nurseries like Burnt Ridge, Harvest Nursery and One Green World.
When I learned to graft, I had less need for full trees and I have a limited suburban yard. Harvest nursery moved and seems uninterested in sales. It's also far away. I started to graft on trees I already had and make new ones. I have very little space left so I tend to have to replace something when I plant a new one, so it is highly strategic.
During that time, I have always frequented Portland Nursery as well.
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