2022 N.C. Cooperative Extension of Alexander County Plant Sale

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It is time again to start ordering your fruit plants and trees. The N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center is now taking orders and will until sold out. Please know that the earlier you place your order the better chance we will be able to complete your request. Below is a description of what plants and trees will be available along with a link to the order form. We have some new items this year as well as some we have offered previous years. As always, should you have any questions please contact the center at 828-632-4451 or email Cari Mitchell, Horticulture Agent, at cari_mitchell@ncsu.edu.

**Updated 1/25/2022:  We have sold out of apple trees, Asian pear trees, cherry trees and pawpaw trees.

Blueberries

Tifblue – Medium to large light blueberries. Ripen early to mid-season (mid-June) Pair with Powder Blue.

Powder Blue – has reliable crops of large, light blue berries because of its spring frost resistance. Berries are crack resistant and hold a sweet flavor. Shrub is vigorous and upright. Ripens mid-late season. Pair with Tifblue.

Premier – crops are produced with the distinctive powdery blue color on the large firm berries. The flavor is excellent and the berries store well. Plant growth is vigorous and upright. Ripens early-mid season. Pair with Climax.

Climax – Savor loads of large, sweet, early ripening blueberries! Great for cereals or used for baking. Pair with Premier.

Strawberries

Self-fertile:  does not require another variety to pollinate.

Earliglow – (early bearing) Glossy, firm, medium-sized fruit are highly sweet, perfect for fresh eating, jams, and freezing. Very vigorous & plenty of runners make it great for homeowners. Resistant to red stele, leaf diseases, and Verticillium wilt. Ripens in late May-June.

Cavendish – (early- mid-season)  Great strawberry for beginners. Produces large, firm berries with good flavor. Resistant to red stele and Verticillium wilt. Winter hardy with high yields.

Albion – (Ever bearing)  produces extra-large fruit that is very firm and red. Needs strong water and nutrient program to achieve its high yield potential.

Blackberries

Self-fertile:  does not require another variety to pollinate.

Natchez – Early, thornless variety with large, sweet berries. Faithful producer and disease resistant.

Chester – Huge yields large, sweet berries. Cold hardy, cane blight resistant, and thorn less. Fruit comes on last year’s growth in July.

Figs

Self-fertile:  does not require another variety to pollinate.

Celeste – Most cold-hardy variety. White to rose-colored flesh and purple/brown skin. Known as best fig for its size. Has a complex sweetness leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Excellent for canning and preserving. Trees grow to large size.

Brown Turkey – An ever-bearing favorite. Fruit is delicious fresh or after being dried for tasty treats. Keeps well. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in June.

PawPaw

This tree produces large, tropical, custard-like fruit. Fruit texture is firm with a blend of flavors; described as tasting like an intense banana pudding with a hint of mango! Pleasant aroma when ripening. Prefers good soil, drainage, and wind protection. Harvest September – October at 20ft. tall.

Asian Pears

Plant with another Asian variety to ensure good pollination.

Shinsui – Early variety, harvest mid-August. Fruit finishes with orange-brown russet. Great, juicy flavor. Keeps well.

Atago – Late season, brown russetted variety. Upright, spreading, medium vigor. Fruit is large, firm, crisp, and juicy.

Apples

All are grafted to dwarfing rootstocks with good resistance to fire blight. Requires another variety to ensure pollination.

Autumn crisp – Similar to the Honey Crisp, this variety is sweeter than it is tart. Fruit has a red over yellowish background. Good size and texture. Slow to brown, good for fresh eating, salads, cooking, and baking. Harvest mid-September.

Gala (Simmons cv.) – Dark red strain of Gala and similar in size and texture. Upright and vigorous tree habit. Harvest early to mid-September. Great for fresh eating, salads, applesauce & cider.

Shizuka (self-pollinating and a good pollinator) – Light yellowish-green with a sweet, mild flavor. Harvest early to mid-October. Perfect for fresh eating and salads.

Muscadines

Self-fertile does not require another variety to pollinate.

Cowart – Black variety with excellent size, production, taste, and quality. Edible skin, large clusters, and disease resistant. Ripens early. Cold hardy. Great for fresh eating, jelly, and juice.

Pineapple – Bronze variety ripening mid-late season. Large clusters of medium-sized fruit with edible skin. Very vigorous & disease resistant. Great flavor with a hint of pineapple! Perfect for fresh eating, jellies, and juice.

Plum

Self-fertile but recommended to plant in multiples or with another variety to ensure better cropping.

Methley – A favorite pollinator. Fruit is medium to large with amber flesh. Excellent quality and great for fresh eating or jelly making. Juicy with a sweet mild flavor. Tree is an early bloomer with crops heavy and ripens early June.

Santa Rosa-Large plum with purplish-red skin and yellowish flesh. Rich, pleasing, tart flavor. Ripens mid-June.

Cherry

Black Tartarian – (self-fertile) an excellent and very popular cherry for home orchards. Very rich, robust, and sweet flavor. Large, juicy fruit with blackish red colored skin. Perfect for fresh eating and juice. A perfect pollinator for other sweet cherries. Bears at an early age and ripens early.

Rainier- (needs a pollinator) Yellow to red-colored skin with creamy, white flesh. One of the sweetest cherries and can be enjoyed as a dessert by themselves. Perfect variety for backyard orchards. Great also, for baking, canning, freezing. Ripens late May-early June. Birds aren’t as much a problem due to color being less attractive.

Pecans

Need Type 1 and Type 2 for pollination

Pawnee – Type 1, dwarf variety tree. Fast-growing with large, soft-shelled nuts. High yielding, very disease resistant, and produces 4-5 years after planting.

Sumner – Type 2, produces large, quality nuts with darker colored kernels. Very disease-resistant. Upright growth and semi-open canopy. An excellent choice for home growers and for close space planting.

Order form:  2022 Plant Sale Order Form

Looking for more information on plants listed above or some instructions on planting and taking care of the plants, then look no further than the following link:  Planting Guides and Variety Information