(SOLD OUT)2024 Mostly Edible Plant Sale

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It is time again to start ordering your fruit plants and trees! The N.C. Cooperative Extension – Caldwell 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.

Plants will be available for pickup on March 14, 2024. There are 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 828-757-1290 or email Sarah Christas, Horticulture Agent, at sarah_christas@ncsu.edu.

Below is a list of available plants we have this year:

2024 Order Form

BLUEBERRIES $10.00 each 18-24 inches tall, 1 gallon  

Blueberries require well-drained soil with abundant organic matter and a pH of 4.5 to 5.8. They will bear well in full  sun to light shade. A few inches of mulch help reduce water stress. Under good conditions, plants produce in  abundance. The following varieties produce best when at least two different varieties are planted together. Plant 6’ apart.

Varieties  Ripen  Fruit Characteristics  Comments
Powderblue  Mid-Late Lg, very good flavor, medium color  Upright, vigorous, good post-harvest fruit, Quality, rabbiteye type.
Climax  Early Med-  Lg, Very good flavor; medium color Upright; concentric ripening; medium color;  rabbiteye type.
Tifblue Mid Med-Lg Good flavor, light color Tifblue is a mid season ripening plant with medium to large berries. Tifblue is an upright vigorous grower. Tifblue leaves turn red in the fall making it a good ornamental plant.

STRAWBERRIES $10.00 / 25 plants 1 yr. old, bare-root plants 

Strawberries are easy to grow and are typically grown as a matted row. Strawberries perform best with a soil pH of 6.5 to  6.8. June-bearing types bear fruit in the spring of the second year and every spring after that. Everbearing types should bear fruit in the first year.

Varieties  Type  Season  Comments
Chandler  June bearing Early Great for fresh eating, jams, and freezing; vigorous grower
Eversweet Everbearing Late Large, sweet strawberries throughout spring, summer and fall. Especially tasty, bright red cone-shaped berries can be enjoyed fresh or frozen

Ozark  

Beauty

Everbearing Late Fresh eating, canning, making strawberry jam or strawberry jelly, freezing

BLACKBERRIES $10.00 each 1 yr. old plants, bare-root plants 

Blackberries are among the easiest fruits to grow. They tolerate most soils but do best at a pH of 6.5 to 6.8. Plants need full sun to produce flowers and fruit. Trailing blackberry varieties require trellising, while erect types may not.

Varieties  Type  Season  Comments
Black Satin(SOLD OUT) Trailing; thornless;  floricane-fruiting Mid Large fruit with a distinctly sweet flavor; long harvest season;  vigorous grower.
Apache Erect; thornless; primocane fruiting Late Medium-size fruit, portions of fruit may turn white during hot weather.
Natchez Erect; thornless;  floricane-fruiting Early-Mid Very large, elongate fruit; good disease resistance.

RHUBARB $6.00 each bare-root crowns 

Rhubarb produces edible, scarlet stems with a tart flavor. Often combined with sweet fruit in recipes, like strawberry rhubarb pie.

Varieties  Ripen  Characteristics  Comments
Victoria  Summer Large, tender stalks Vigorous, upright grower; some root rot resistance

AMERICAN HAZELNUT $15.00 each 1-gallon containers(SOLD OUT)

Fruit set and production is best if trees are in full sun. Hazelnuts will survive and produce a crop on a wide range of soils as long as drainage is good. For ample fruit formation, plant more than one Hazelnut to ensure cross-pollination.

Pollination Season  Flower  Comments
Not self-fertile. Plant more than one.

Fall

Sept. –

Oct. 

There are separate male and female flowers on the same plant (monoecious). Hazelnut is a suckering, native deciduous shrub in the Birch family that may grow 9-12ft. tall. The nuts are typically produced on plants that are 2-3 years old and older.

PAWPAW TREES $20.00 each bare-root whips (1 left)

Produces large tropical custard-like fruit that is oblong in shape and has light green skin. Enjoy the pleasant aroma when it ripens. Texture is firm with a delicate blend of flavors. Many describe the fruit as an intense banana pudding with a hint of mango flavor.

Varieties  Fruit Characteristics  Comments
All-in-One  Produces large tropical custard-like fruit which begins to ripen in late summer and peaks in September – October. Pawpaw trees grow best in fertile, well-drained, slightly  acidic soil(pH 5.5-7). Plan to provide ample water to pawpaw trees, especially during the establishment year.

ELDERBERRY $15.00 each 1-gallon containers (SOLD OUT)

Produces dark purple fruits that ripen in late summer. Prefers moist, rich soils, but will tolerate other conditions. It grows best in sun to partial shade. Fruit can be cooked and used in pies, pancakes, and jellies. Wildlife also enjoys the fruits, and the arching branches provide a habitat for nesting birds.

Ripen Comments
 Summer-fall Shrub can reach 12ft tall. People use cooked berries in pies, pancakes, and jellies. This shrub can also be used for erosion control, riparian buffer, and in stream restoration projects.

WITCHHAZEL $15.00 each 1-gallon containers  (SOLD OUT)

Ozark Witch Hazel is a native, tough, durable plant. It is easy to grow in both sun and partial shade but flowers best in full sun. Prefers acidic soils. This plant has seasonal interest all year round. While they do bear edible fruit, we’d suggest letting the birds have it. This shrub pairs nicely with the native shrubs offered above.

Flower Shrub Size  Plant Characteristics  Comments
Late fall – early winter 6ft-10ft tall Prefers well-drained, moist, acid, organic soil; full sun or partial shade; intolerant drought; no serious pests. Historically, this plant was used to treat wounds, muscle soreness, insect bites, bruises, and burns.

Asparagus $12.00 or $10.00 each bare-root crowns 

Asparagus has been considered a spring garden delicacy since Roman times. Any home gardener can grow and enjoy this vegetable. Asparagus is a perennial. If you plant and manage it properly, it will produce for 15 years or more.

Varieties  Ripen  Characteristics  Comments

Purple Passion($12)

3 LEFT

Spring Large, tender stalks  This hardy perennial vegetable is a delight in many dishes. Grown for the stems or spears, a well-tended plant can produce 8-10 pounds per 100 square foot. A planting can last 15-20 years.
Ripen  Characteristics  Comments

Mary Washington($10)

6 LEFT

Spring Large, tender stalks  Grown for the stems or spears, a well-tended plant can produce 8-10 pounds per 100 square foot. A planting can last 15-20 years. 

Horticulture Information Leaflets 

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden 

Blackberries for the Home Garden 

Pruning and Training Blackberries 

Strawberries in the Home Garden

Extension Bulletins 

Grapes and Berries for the Garden 

Training and Pruning Fruit Trees 

A Gardeners Guide to Soil Testing