Winter marks the beginning of bare root fruit tree season! In the Bay Area, winter is an excellent opportunity to start or add to your home orchard.
During the early months of the New Year, bare root trees arrive at local retail nurseries and are available at a significant cost savings compared to potted trees. They are sold with their bare roots exposed. A wide variety of trees are available in dwarf- and semi-dwarf forms for easy care and harvesting.
Plant these trees while they're still in their winter dormant period. Their root systems will get established over the winter months (and with any luck, Mother Nature will take care of the watering chores), and awaken and thrive in the spring. Most trees will bear fruit the next year!
Pollinate Farm & Garden has an unmatched selection of bare-root fruit tree varieties chosen especially for the East Bay's microclimates. Our trees are selected for flavor, easy-to-manage growth habit, and have low-chill hour requirements for easier fruiting — we’ve done most of the work for you! This year’s offerings include apricots (including the coveted Shiro-Kaga ume for making Japanese Umeboshi pickles), cherries, figs, mulberries, nectarines, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, and quinces. New this year, in addition to dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties, we’ll also have multigrafted (more than one variety on a single tree) and espaliered apples!
Pollinate also offers blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, currants, grapes, olallieberries, raspberries, and asparagus and strawberry crowns for winter planting. Quantities are limited, so call to reserve.
Pollinate Farm & Garden hosts a series of orchard care workshops throughout the year. Check our website for the schedule. We’re committed to your backyard fruit tree success!