Fruit Trees and Berries
Tree and Berry Highlights
BLUEBERRY GROWING TIPS
Blueberries like well draining, moist soil and full sun exposure. Studies show that cross polination will yield more fruit. Be sure you have at least 2 varieties that bloom simultaneously for optimum fruit production or if you would like to extend the harvest choose early and late blooming varieties. Blueberries are acid loving plants so use a good organic fertilizer like EB Stone Azalea, Camelia and Gardenia food or Dr Earth Rhodendron, Azalea & Camelia food. Do not prune your blueberry bushes the 1st 4 years. Older bushes can be pruned by removing a few of the older canes. Well-maintained blueberry bushes remain productive for at least 15-20 years.
A few local favorites: Patriot, Early Blue, Darrow, Chandler, Blue Crop
There is nothing more satisfying in gardening than growing your own edibles. Fruits and berries are both easy to grow and so delicious to eat!
Wight’s carries an excellent selection of fruit trees for growing in our climate. We have partnered for years with our local Skagit Valley grower and the varieties we carry have been tested for a number of years in Mt. Vernon to insure disease resistance and production in our mild climate.
All fruit production comes from two factors – heating units (how warm and long the summer is) and chilling units (how long and cold the winter is). In Western Washington we have minimal chill and not the most heat – thus we choose trees that produce easily under these conditions.
Most trees need to be pollinated but there are exceptions.
Have room for only one tree? We carry combination fruit trees as well – multiple grafted apples, cherries, pears, plums, and Asian pears, in either tree form or espalier form to train along fences or posts. These allow one tree to cross pollinate itself eliminating the need for a second tree and ultimately saving space.
Most varieties we stock are available in dwarf rootstock as well as semi-dwarf – again saving space with a smaller size tree. The Gisela rootstock cherries in particular are outstanding dwarfs as are our mini-dwarf apples – small enough to grow in a whiskey barrel! Come in and see our selection of Apples, Cherries, Plums, Pears, Asian pears, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Nuts, Persimmons, and Figs and let’s get eating!
You will also find a huge selection of berries at Wight’s suitable for Western Washington gardens. From Strawberries to Blueberries, from Raspberries to Marionberries, from Gooseberries to Currants – Wight’s has what you need to make any pie, cobbler, crisp, jam or jelly! Looking to make your own wine or grow some good table grapes? We have a nice selection of good Western Washington grapes as well. You will find many other edibles at Wight’s including but not limited to Rhubarb, Horseradish, Asparagus, Kiwis, Seed Potatoes, Onions and Garlic.
Take a look at Wight’s Fruit List and Berry List