We propagate native cacti for your low water
The following is a list of the native cacti we grow:
Black-Spined Prickly Pear
Century Plant (NM Agave)
Desert Christmas Cholla
Engleman Prickly Pear
Spineless Prickly Pear
Yellow Flowering Yucca
These cacti thrive in full sun with only occasional
They are winter hardy to our area. As long as they are
planted in the ground and not left in small containers above ground they do
A problem can arise if they are left in small containers
above ground during winter. This can happen if we experience a particularly
cold winter. Containerized cacti left above ground during winter can experience
root damage or death. This can occur if the container freezes solid.
This is something we have learned over the years and so
we bring all of our containerized cacti into an unheated greenhouse during
winter. This affords them a little extra protection from the elements. When protected
during winter we rarely experience any losses due to winter cold.
The photo below shows some of our New Mexico Agaves all lined up
in the greenhouse like soldiers in formation!
especially, if your soil is a clay or
Most of us dig round holes when planting perhaps
to match the containers shape.
As you dig any hole your weight on the
the sides of the hole as you pull back to left a shovel full of dirt. Whatever shape hole you dig you will end up with compressed and hardened walls.
Roots will follow the path of least resistance
as they grow outward in the planting hole. The path of least resistance will be
the fill dirt area of the hole. When the roots encounter the planting hole wall
it is a harder surface (undisturbed) and the roots may have a tendency to follow
the wall surface rather than penetrate through it. If they do your tree or
shrub may become root bound in the planting hole over time.
A square hole still has the harder wall
surface as found in a round hole but with a square hole there are cracks and
crevices. These cracks and crevices provide places where roots can get stuck
and exit the planting hole.
If you have dug a round hole and even in a square one simply take the blade or your shovel and break up the smooth wall of the planting hole
cracks and crevices for root exit.
Better and easier still is to use hydrogen
roughen up the walls of the planting hole.
Use about 2 quarts of hydrogen peroxide per
planting hole. Pour it liberally down the wall surfaces. It will begin to
As it does so it loosens the planting walls
Wait for the hydrogen peroxide to stop
before putting your tree or shrub into the
The shape of the planting hole is less
important in sandy soils.
Trees That Please Nursery may be closed for the holidays
but our work continues.
Each year we harvest Gambel Oak Acorns from trees
planted in isolation or from native populations from around the state of New
Acorns are either planted
immediately or refrigerated until planting.
In either case,
acorns are in the soil by October or November where they germinate and grow overwinter
in seed flats in one of our heated greenhouses. In the photo below (Look Closely) you see
young Gambel Oaks on Christmas Eve at the nursery. These young seedlings will
become our future tree stock in 3-4 years depending upon vigor.
This is just one of the many tree species we propagate annually.
To Learn More About the Trees Species We Propagate
On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas My True Love
Gave To Me
Eleven Pounds Of Clover Seed
Ten Friendship Plants
Nine Li Jujubes
Eight Bags of Mulch
Seven Bags Of TTP Supreme Compost
Six Gambel Oaks
Five Golden Raintrees
Four Earth Worm Castings
Three Trumpet Vines
A Partridge In A Pear Tree
New Zealand White Clover (Trifolium repens) is a
perennial nitrogen fixing legume that reaches about 8-12 inches in height. New Zealand White Clover is more
tolerant of heat and drought than larger clovers, is more vigorous, and
tolerates a wide range of soils.
New Zealand White Clover forms a symbiotic relationship with
nitrogen fixing soil bacteria calledRhizobium
trifolii. Rhizobium bacteria are found in root nodules of clover and
other legumes. The Rhizobium bacteria fix atmospheric nitrogen into ammonium
that the plant uses for growth and development. The plant in turn provides a
suitable growth environment (root nodule) as well as other nutrients such as
carbohydrates and protein.
New Zealand White Clover is used as green manure as it fixes
up to 170 pounds of nitrogen per acre. Excess nitrogen is released into the
surrounding soil where associated plants use it for growth and development.
Local Orchards, Valencia County Extension Service, and Homeowners use New
Zealand White Clover under their orchards or vineyards to provide natural
organic nitrogen and reduce or eliminate the need to buy inorganic nitrogen fertilizers.
New Zealand White Clover is also used as “living mulch”. Like other
mulches a surface crop of New Zealand White Clover protects the soil from
drying, high temperatures, chokes out weeds, and the flowers attract beneficial
insects like honeybees (photo).
New Zealand White Clover will grow on most soils but requires regular moisture
for growth. This is one reason it is well suited as an orchard or vineyard
cover crop because fruit crops require regular moisture for production.
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