Raintree Nursery

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  1. Soil Testing Is Important to the Health of Your Garden

    Soil Testing Is Important to the Health of Your Garden
    Homeowners are encouraged to test their soils for nutrient needs, and to apply only what nutrients are needed for a healthy lawn. Farmers practice the same testing procedure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How well did your plants grow for you last year? A soil test might be needed if you noticed last years’ growth was weak, off-color (red summer leaves...
  2. Fruit Storage: Apple and Pear Varieties That Keep Well

    Fruit Storage: Apple and Pear Varieties That Keep Well
    English: A "Belle de Boskoop" apple. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Check stored fruit for rot, discard or use any fruits with bad spots. Many fruits will still be in excellent shape. Apples Belle de Boskoop, Karmijn de Sonneville, Enterprise, King Edward VII and Melrose apples all have a long storage life. Pears Comice, Bosc, Highland and Conference European pears, and...
  3. Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Bench Grafting

    Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Bench Grafting
    Grafted apple and starts (Photo credit: johnpaulgoguen) Bench grafting is done during the dormant season. Dormant scion wood is grafted to a bare root rootstock that is either dormant or starting to grow, and held at 60-70 °F for 10-14 days to give the wounds time to start healing. The new plants are then held at cooler temperatures (35-45 °F...
  4. Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Get the Right Tools

    Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Get the Right Tools
    For people purchasing rootstocks, Raintree Nursery offers 8 inch by 3/8 inch by .020 inch grafting bands. With these you can quickly wrap grafts without wax. Grafting knife 005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There are a few tools you will need to make your grafts. If you choose to use a knife it needs to be very sharp, and have a...
  5. Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Plant Rootstocks for Budding

    Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Plant Rootstocks for Budding
    Photo of a recently grafted cherry root stock and scion (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Stone fruits, such as apricots, peaches, cherries, and nectarines, and certain cultivars of other fruits propagate most reliably from summer budding, though all but peaches and nectarines can be grafted in early spring. Budding is also an excellent technique for making the largest number of trees...
  6. Visit Raintree Nursery at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 5-9

    Visit Raintree Nursery at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 5-9
    Visit the Raintree Nursery booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in the Washington State Convention Center, booths 2344-8 in the North Hall, February 5-9. And, if you are there on Wednesday evening, Feb. 5, you can hear featured speaker Raintree Nursery owner Sam Benowitz at 7 p.m. in the Hood Room of the Washington State Convention Center. The topic of the...
  7. Caring for winter damaged trees

    Caring for winter damaged trees
    Winter storms and arctic cold events can be damaging to trees and shrubs. Remember to inspect your plants for broken limbs or lodging over in soppy wet soils after storms. Make clean cuts when you find broken, torn, or split limbs. Clean cuts will be less susceptible to fungal infection than ragged breaks. If you have lost the top of a...
  8. Tips on winter storage and release of Mason Bees

    Tips on winter storage and release of Mason Bees
    We plan to ship mason bees mid-January through the end of February, weather permitting. When you receive your bees they need to be kept cool until you are ready to release them. Keep them in the refrigerator at 36-39° F. It is important to maintain proper humidity for the bees in a frost free refrigerator. Poke several small holes in a plastic bag, put...
  9. Planting tips for our customers in the deep South

    If you are in one of those southern sunny locations where the optimal planting time is before we are able to begin shipping to you, you may need to take special care with your plants when you do receive them. Please see our Plant Owner’s Manual, pg 10, for late planting instructions or the following: 1.If you choose to plant...
  10. Planting tips for gardeners in warm and maritime climate areas

    Planting of potted and bare root stock can begin in January in moderate winter climate locations. In some southern areas January is the best month for planting. West of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest, so long as the ground is not under water or water-logged, frozen, or covered with snow, you can go ahead and plant. Planting at...

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