Raintree Nursery

The finest fruit cultivars from around the world

  1. Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples

    Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples
    Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually.(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I've chosen the following apples because they are reliable producers for us here at Raintree Nursery and most are disease resistant.  I've added the variety Karmijn for its outstanding complex flavor even though it is not as disease resistant as the...
  2. Apple maggot and codling moth

    A bowl of gravenstein apples showing the effects of coddling moth larva. The larvae feed especially on the protein rich seeds, which explains why the core of the cut apples have been almost completely eaten away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Monitor both apple maggot and coddling moth traps to determine when insect populations are increasing throughout the fruit development season...
  3. Dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila Suzuki)

    Dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila Suzuki)
    Spotted Wing Drosophila, Drosophila Suzuki, is a new pest of concern along the west coast of the United States. First identified in California in 2009, it has now been identified north to B.C. Canada in many areas along the I-5 corridor. Hot dry summers are expected to limit its spread into the interior portions of the country. It is a...
  4. Imperial Epineuse Plum is worthy of its name

    Imperial Epineuse Plum is worthy of its name
    Imperial Epineuse There are many European prune plums that produce well and have good flavor. They are called prune plums or prunes because they dry well however they are delicious eaten fresh or used in cooking. The Imperial Epineuse which was developed in France about 1870 excels in flavor. It works in USDA Zones 5-9. It is delicious eaten...
  5. Summer soil prep for spring and fall planting

    Summer soil prep for spring and fall planting
    Potted plants can be planted out — with care — if the temperatures in your area are not above the mid-80s. Otherwise, maintain your potted plants in a partial to full shade location until cooler temperatures arrive. If your area has warmed up above 80 degrees, we will be shipping potted plants to you in October — an excellent time for...
  6. Bramley Apple Pie

    Bramley Apple Pie
    Bramley is considered the best cooking apple in England. Unfortunately the original Bramley tree that was over 200 years old recently died. However we have made additional trees through clonal grafting so you can still enjoy the amazing flavor of this historical tree. This is the best we’ve tasted! Enjoy Raintree horticulturist Theresa Knutsen’s recipe:   The Filling:  6 cups Bramley...
  7. Elderflower Recipes

    Elderflower Recipes
    Elderflower Recipes The following recipes were shared with me by a customer who grew up in Denmark, he recommends the Sambucus nigra type of elderberry for the best flavor in the flower, the plain green leaved cultivars especially. Elderflower juice drink Ingredients: 1 lb. blossoms (pick when fully fragrant), 1/2 lb.  brown sugar, juice of 3 lemons Directions: Place rinsed...
  8. Dayton apple: early ripening, summer dessert apple

    Dayton apple: early ripening, summer dessert apple
    Dayton apple. This is a really good year for apple production here at Raintree Nursery and the early ripening apples are abundant. William's Pride and Pristine are already ripe and have been collected. The apple that is ripe now at Raintree is the Dayton. It is another of the scab and mildew resistant varieties. The large, round fruits are...
  9. Methley Plum Butter

    Methley Plum Butter
    Methley is a self fertile Japanese x American plum with excellent flavor that produces a great crop almost every year and it requires little care. Here's a great recipe for plum butter. Wash the fruit, remove the pits before or after the first cooking step. Place in heavy bottomed pan, lightly crushing the bottom layers to release juice. Cook until...
  10. July pruning tips: trees, shrubs, grapes, espalier

    July pruning tips: trees, shrubs, grapes, espalier
    Members of the Women's Land Army prune fruit trees in an orchard in the United Kingdom during the First World War. Trees and shrubs: keep pruning light this time of year, removing no more than ¼ of the live branches. Thin out water sprout wood before it gets very big, unless you are planning to do some grafting from...

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