Thursday, September 26, 2013

What is that flower?

We have had a lot of people asking if we know what that clump forming yellow daisy or sunflower is that’s in full bloom now.

 
That flower is called the Maximilian Sunflower, but is also known as Michaelmas Daisy. It is native to the eastern half of North America. Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) is a clump or colony forming perennial herb. It spreads vegetatively by sprouting from a rhizome. Its thick rhizome is edible similar to the Jerusalem artichoke. It also reproduces by seed but most are eaten by birds.

Maximilian Sunflower produces numerous tall, leafy, unbranched stems in each colony. These stems may be as short as 3 feet or as tall as 10 feet. Leaves are long and narrow.


At the top of each of these stems are numerous yellow flowers produced on short stalks.


The Maximilian Sunflower blooms in early fall with an incredible display of brilliant yellow. It is a great addition to the landscape bringing color at seasons end. Use them in borders,


along a wall,


or against a building to provide color and food for wildlife.


Remember to plant them where you have space because they will spread!

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Monday, September 16, 2013

Arboretum Tome Open House is September 28th!

The Arboretum Tome will be hosting an open house on September 28th from 11am - 4 pm. We are working in association with the Tome Art Gallery’s Garden Party and Tour showcasing Highway 47 Garden related businesses. For more information visit the Tome Art Gallery website at or click on the following link:     http://tomegallery.net/

The Arboretum Tomé is a collection of trees endemic to the desert Southwest. The collection includes a huge collection of Oak trees, the genus Quercus, along with Redwoods, Giant Timber Bamboo, and Maples, including a Western native sugar maple called the Big Tooth Maple, Acer grandidentatum. 
 
The Arboretum serves as a living laboratory and is available for school field trips, students, home gardeners, researchers, and individuals. The Arboretum is a great place to spend some time under the shade of mature native trees, to study and observe, to be inspired, or to see the great variety of native landscaping trees the southwest has to offer.

The Arboretum also contains the production nursery for Trees That Please Nursery and is the proving ground for Soil Secrets products. All plants on the Arboretum grounds and Trees That Please Nursery are fed exclusively using the products and protocols developed by Soil Secrets.


The arboretum soil has served as the proving ground for the products of Soil Secrets, changing the original toxic clay soil and rehabilitating it into a healthy well drained soil that can now grow a wide variety of plants. The products of Soil Secrets LLC meet the benchmark of the USDA’s NOP (National Organic Program) and have been approved by USDA NOP Certifying Agents for use on Certified Farms.  Learn more about the products of Soil Secrets by following their blog at: http://www.soilsecretsblog.com

The Arboretum is open for tours by appointment only by contacting Trees That Please Nursery at
Phone: 505-866-5027
Email: treesthatplease@comcast.net.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

BIG TREE SALE!!

       BIG TREE SALE!!

Our Root Control Bag Trees are discounted 50%!

Normally sold for $125 per caliper inch, discounted to $62.50 per caliper inch!!

We have Bur Oaks, Chinquapins Oaks, Gambel Oaks, Valley Oaks, Chinese Pistache, Big Tooth Maples, Common Hackberry, Netleaf Hackberry, Native Redwoods, and Dawn Redwoods.



Some of these trees have trunk diameters of 2”-3” and are 15’ to 18’ tall.
Get a large tree for a small price!!

Sale Lasts Through September!!

Trees That Please Nursery
Located at: 3084 Highway 47, Los Lunas, NM 87031
Website: treesthatplease.org
Phone 505-866-5027   Email treesthatplease@comcast.net

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NMSU Extension Hosts Its Annual Jujube Fruit Tasting Workshop at Los Lunas

NMSU to host its annual jujube fruit tasting workshop at Los Lunas Share Ripe jujube fruit, commonly called Chinese dates, are ready for tasting. New Mexico State University Extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will host a tasting workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas.


LOS LUNAS, N.M. – The late frosts of this spring prevented almost all traditional fruit trees, such as apricots, apples, peach and cherries, from bearing fruit this year. Not so for the jujube trees. They are loaded with fruit and are ready for harvest, and tasting.

“Orchards in New Mexico are impacted by the late frosts we experience frequently in the spring,” said Shengrui Yao, New Mexico State University Extension fruit specialist. “Jujube trees produce fruit every year because they leaf out and bloom later than other fruit trees.”

NMSU is studying jujube trees, also known as Chinese dates, as a potential fruit crop for New Mexico because of their flowering and fruiting habits, and that they adapt well to the soil and weather conditions of New Mexico.

“It is not a well known fruit to most New Mexicans, but there are existing trees that grow and produce well from Las Cruces and Silver City, to Albuquerque, and all the way to the Espanola and Alcalde area,” Yao said.

Jujube fruit is very nutritious with vitamin C content four to 10 times higher than oranges, plus it has antioxidants, fiber and mineral nutrients.

“Jujubes are natural vitamin C pills, a few fruits will meet your daily vitamin C requirement,” Yao said. “With its wide adaption, nutritious fruit and reliable crop, jujubes are a perfect choice for home gardeners and commercial fruit growers.”

Yao is studying various cultivars of the jujubes at the NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, as well as the university’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde. The trees are full of fruit ready for Yao’s annual tasting workshop.

To accommodate those interested in jujube in central New Mexico, Yao will host this year’s jujube fruit tasting workshop at the Los Lunas science center, 1036 Miller Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

“We will have a presentation about jujube flowering and fruiting habits, followed with a fruit tasting session, which will give growers an opportunity to try 20 to 25 jujube cultivars and pick their favorite ones,” Yao said. “At the end of the workshop, there will be a brief field tour to see the jujube tree orchard.”

If attendees have jujube trees in their yards, they are welcome to share their fruit at this tasting workshop.

This free event will be limited to 50 attendees. Please call Debbie at 505-865-4684 to register or register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/jujube2013

This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

A copy of this announcement can be accessed through the following link:

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Thimble Cactus

Thimble Cactus (Mammillaria fragilis) is a small clump-forming cactus that is native to Central Mexico. In our area it is grown as a house plant as our cold winter temperatures will kill it. It could be placed outdoors during summer but must be moved indoors prior to first frost. It is an ideal house plant as it is low water so will thrive on neglect. Just place in a warm room with bright light for best growth. Thimble Cacti are best grown in a well-drained soil.

Individual stems or cacti in a clump may be up to 1 inch in thickness. Clumps may reach 12” in diameter or greater and consist of multiple individuals. Thimble Cacti are easily propagated by separating individuals from the clump and repotting.

At Trees That Please Nursery greenhouse our Thimble Cacti bloom in late summer or early fall with small pale yellow flowers. Thimble Cacti are quite showy when they have grown to full a small pot. The bright white spine against the green stems contrast well.

 
Trees That Please Nursery propagates Thimble Cacti as part of our house plant collection.
 
Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Cherokee Purple tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is an heirloom variety grown for its unusual color, rich taste, and irregular shape. The fruit of Cherokee purple may be red or a light or dark purplish red. This tomato is a beefsteak type tomato that has a rich, sweet, tomato flavor without any tartness and very juicy. Cherokee Purple tomatoes usually have pronounced ridges or shoulders and are not perfectly round as most tomatoes but are irregular in shape. The photo below compares from left to right: Boxcar Willie, Cherokee Purple, and Celebrity tomato varieties. Note that Cherokee Purple produces a large tomato fruit.


The Cherokee Purple tomato is believed to have originated with the Cherokee Indians in Tennessee more than a century ago.


Cherokee Purple is indeterminate, so it keeps growing and setting new fruit all summer long until frost. It’s large fruits are great for slicing up and using with any sandwich or serving with your favorite meal like green chile chicken enchilada and beans.


Cherokee Purple Tomato is an heirloom variety that Trees That Please Nursery usually has available in 4-packs for planting each spring. If you planted yours in May you are probably enjoying some of these tasty fruits now.


Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Himrod Grapes


Himrod Grape (Vitis labrusca ‘Himrod’) is a white seedless table grape. It is a result of a cross between Thompson seedless and Ontario grape varieties and was developed at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in 1952. It has been around for some time but is not usually available in grocery stores. It is however, a variety well suited for the home gardener and more hardy than some other more commonly grown varieties.

Himrod Grape is Hardy to USDA zone 5 so it is less prone to winter cold damage than varieties like Thompson Seedless or Red Flame.

Himrod ripens from middle August into early September in Los Lunas, New Mexico. When ripe the grape berries are yellow and sweet.
Clusters are generally smaller than those of Red Flame and the berries are medium to large sized.


Trees That Please Nursery has Himrod Grape available in 2 container sizes.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Butterfly Bushes: Colorful and Wonderfully Scented!


Butterfly Bushes are in flower now across the region. The Nursery has several varieties still available including white, light purple, and dark purple flowering types.
 
Butterfly bushes attract a great variety of pollinating insects as well as hummingbirds so are good to have in the yard if you are a gardener. They have a very pleasant sweet smell which carries for some distance from the plant.

Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia sp.) bloom from June or July until frost.

Usual care includes winter pruning to reshape and dead-heading old flowers. They usually grow 5’ - 8’ tall and wide and are best grown in full sun with low to regular water.They are a good addition to a low water landscape.

Butterfly bushes occasionally die back from winter cold injury but most often re-sprout with rapid growth in spring. They are Hardy to USDA zone 5.
 

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Our Seedless Table Grapes Are In Production Now!


Trees That Please Nursery offers several varieties of Sweet and Tasty Seedless Table Grapes!  Grape plants re-bloomed this year after our late spring frost and produced a tasty crop!

Red Flame and Himrod are in production now for a sweet and tasty treat. The photo shows Red Flame (red) and Himrod (Green - Yellow).


Trees That Please Nursery currently has Red Flame, Himrod, Canadice, and Concord seedless table grapes in stock. So if you're looking for a fruit that beats the late frosts of our area consider a seedless table grape.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Big Trees On Sale At Trees That Please Nursery!


Looking For a Big Tree to provide shade and shelter? Come visit the nursery during September and save 50% on all of our Big Trees. These are trees grown in Root Control Bags and they are all discounted. Come in and walk our shady tree rows and select your shade tree.
 
 
We have Bur Oaks, Chinquapin Oaks, Texas Red Oaks, Gambel Oaks, Trident Maples, Big Tooth Maples, Chinese Pistache, Valley Oaks, Soapberry Trees, and more. Many of these trees are 2" to 3" in trunk diameters and some are 10' to 15' in height.

September is a good month to plant. Temperatures are coming down so there is less stress at planting time. If you can commit to watering your new tree 2 - 3 times per week depending upon your soils drainage, then you can plant now.

Come to Trees That Please Nursery and get some shade. We can also deliver and plant your tree if so desired or we can load your tree at the nursery.

Hope to see you soon!

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist