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Watauga Cooperative Extension to Sell Quality Fruit Plants Including Heirloom Apples

Many varieties will be offered that are very hard to find, including 12 Heirloom Apple varieties. These are the old time varieties that were an integral part of every farm but are no longer commercially available. What is special about these trees is that they are grafted on a semi-dwarf rootstocks.

The way this works is 2 plants are joined together to get the best qualities of each, so the top part is from heirloom apples of yesteryear that offer such great flavors and versatility of use. The roots are from a tree that only gets 15-20 ft. at maturity, so this keeps the tree smaller and more manageable. Trees will be 2-year-old bare root plants, about 4-5 feet tall that are ready to plant in the orchard.

Four different varieties of 3-year blueberry plants will be sold in 1 gallon containers Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, and asparagus plants will be sold as bare root plants which means they do not come potted in soil. This is an effective way to start new plants early in the season and allows the plant to be sold at a lower cost. Proceeds help support horticultural programs in Watauga County.

Supplies are available on a first-come first ordered basis. Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Friday March 25, 2016. Pickup will be on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 For an order form and description of varieties, come by the Watauga Cooperative Extension office at 971 West King Street, call 828-264-3061 or download from our website at watauga.ces.ncsu.edu