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Remick's Orchard
18978 Lake George Blvd. NW
Anoka, MN 55303
Remicks Orchard

order_formWhy buy bare root trees?

There are several advantages to buying your trees in bare root quantities rather than in pots. The obvious is no waste of a plastic pot that gets deposited into our landfills or the need to find someone to recycle it.

No root circling as these trees come in a bare root form. Roots circle around and around in pots causing the dreaded “root bound”.

Bare root fruit trees are only available in the Spring while supplies last.

Preorder now for best selection!

Here’s how it works:

Browse the description list below. Decide on which trees are right for you keeping in mind that all fruit trees except cherries and Mount Royal Plum need a pollinator. (See pollination guide below)

Place your order and pay by the due date remembering that some trees are subject to limited quantities and will be sold on first come basis. Then in the spring prepare your site. Once I call to notify that your trees are at the orchard, you will need to take possession immediately.

Please remember that these trees will come dormant. No leafing or budding. Once warm weather arrives they will come out of dormancy just like any other planted tree. It will help reduce stress on your trees if you plant immediately upon possession. If you need help in planting please make arrangements with us and we will quote an install price.

We personally have planted over 1200 bare root trees and I have sold bare roots for over 15 years with a huge success rate.

Bare Root Tree Varieties

Apple

Chestnut Crab: University of Minnesota 1946. (“Malinda”) Pleasant nut flavor. Large crabapple 2” diameter. Best pollinator.

Fireside: McIntosh x Longfield U of M 1943. Large red shaped fruit with sweet pleasant flavor. Excellent flavor good for eating, good storage life. Resistant to Cedar Rust. Mid late season pollinator. Ripens Mid October.

Frost Bite: University of Minnesota. Planted by seed in 1936 but not named till 2008. Nicknamed “Chilled Sugarcane”. Smaller apple, very sweet. Great for cider or for a sweet tooth person.

Haralson: University of Minnesota introduced 1922. (“Malinda” x “Wealthy”) Medium size, hard, crisp and tart red fruit. One of the most popular tart apple in Minnesota. Best pie apple. Late season, ripens in October.

HoneyCrisp: University of Minnesota. Our best apple. Sweet, tart taste, explosively crisp and juicy texture. This apple became the State of MN apple in 2006. Mid season ripens in late September.

KinderKrisp: Exceptional flavor and crisp texture, much like its parent Honeycrisp, this early ripening variety features much smaller fruit. Perfect size for snacking or kid’s lunches, with a good balance of sweet flavors and a crisp, juicy bite.

McIntosh: Fameuse x Detroit Red Ontario, Canada 1870. A well known apple that has a sprightly flavor and a medium storage. Nearly solid bright red/purple skin. Heavy bearer. Good eating and baking apple. Fruit tends to drop when ripe.

Red Prairie Spy: U of M 1940. A red selection of Red Spy that has better fruit adherence on the tree. At maturity long term storage. Best for baking. Pollinates mid season. Harvest Late Sept – early Oct.

Snow Sweet: University of Minnesota ( “Sharon” x “Connell Red”) Slight tart with rich undertones. Snowy white flesh is slow to oxidize and turn brown after cutting. Late season. Ripens in mid October. This is a fantastic apple.

Sweet 16: University of Minnesota introduced 1977. Crisp and juicy with an exotic yellow flesh and a very sweet, unusual sugar cane or spicy candy flavor.

Zestar: University of Minnesota (“State Fair” x “MN selection”) Introduced in 1998. An early apple that is juicy and crisp with a hint of brown sugar. Ripens late August to early September.

Cherry

Evans Bali: 1” deep dark red fruit. Excellent for eating or baking. The fruit is sweeter than other sour cherries. Extremely hardy buds.

Mesabi: Red flesh with sugar content halfway between pie cherries and Bing.

North Star: Genetic dwarf University of Minnesota. 1950. Red fruit with small stone. Very productive. A sour pie cherry.

Sweet Cherry Pie: Don’t let the name fool you; although it is the sweetest of all tart cherries, it is still a sour cherry.

Peach

Contender Peach: 

A freestone peach with bright yellow flesh. Sweet extra juicy fruit is an absolute delight for fresh eating, canning, baking and freezing. ripens late August. Std: 12’-15’ Zone 4-8 self pollinating. I highly recommend planting this tree in a protected area, as peaches in MN are questionable.

Pear

Golden Spice: A very hardy pear. The 1.75” fruit are a medium yellow, light blush with dull red skin. Good for canning and spicing. Zone 3-7 Blooms early Spring. Ripens Sept. Use Ure as pollinator.

Parker: Large yellow bronze fruit. Fine grained tender and juicy. Pollinates Summer Crisp well.

Summer Crisp: Hardiest pear from the U of M. Fruit is 2.5” – 3” in diameter and 3” – 3.5” long. Fruit should be harvested in Mid August when crisp and still green with a red blush.

Ure: The fruit is green-yellow and approximately 2” in diameter. Has sturdy branching. Good for eating and canning. Developed in 1978 at Morden Research Station. Use Golden Spice as pollinator. Zone 3-7 Blooms early spring ripens about Aug 15.

Harvesting pears before ripe will insure crisp and sweetness. Leaving on the tree to ripen will cause gritty and unpleasant taste. Pears require more pollinators than any other fruit due to such low nectar and sugar content.

Plum

Black Ice: A cross between a cherry plum and Japanese plum resulting in large fruit with superior winter hardiness. Ripening is 2-4 weeks earlier than other plums. Use Waneta for pollinator.

Mount Royal: Self pollinator. Large deep blue fruit. Freestone. Great for eating and preserves. Harvest mid to late August

Superior: Large dark red skin with yellow flesh food for eating, jam and jelly. Use Toka for pollinator.

Waneta: Large red sweet, juicy and good quality. Requires pollinator.

Pollination Guide

POLLINATION OF APPLES: Apple flowers must receive pollen from bees, and flies transferring pollen from another variety of apple to produce fruit. This is the same with most fruit trees. Two of the same apple variety will NOT pollinate each other. They must be of a different cultivate to cross pollinate. We feel Chestnut crab is the best pollinator for all apple trees.

POLLINATION OF PEARS: Pears also require cross pollination by another pear variety. However, pears are low in sugar content. More pear trees the better. I have listed pears that will cross pollinate together.

POLLINATION OF CHERRIESThe varieties that I am recommending are all self-fruitful. However, I always recommend 2 per yard just in case of storm damage in the future. Sorry Minnesota cannot grow Bing, Stella or Rainier sweet cherries. Only sour cherries. But the good news is a new tree: Sweet Cherry Pie is now being introduced. Don’t let the name fool you; although it is the sweetest of all tart cherries, it is still a sour cherry. Last year when I tasted our cherries, just one and I thought I ate a piece of cherry pie!!!

POLLINATION OF PLUMS:  All plum trees except Mount Royal need 2 different cultivars to cross pollinate. Any of the varieties listed will cross pollinate each other unless so stated.

Planting and Informational Guide

Dig your hole minimum 36” deep x 36” wide. We have some great roots on these trees so dig it bigger all the better!!

Amend your soil as per your soil test requires. Water the hole well. Plant the graft towards South no deeper than 2 fingers from graft. Planting deeper will result in tree reverting back to a standard and variety unknown. Press dirt into hole around tree and water in. This will help insure no air bubble will remain in the soil. Water in thoroughly and water at least 1” per week.

Although all trees are SM-7 rootstock and are extremely strong if you have heavy winds we will recommend staking for the first few years.

Before winter paint the south side of tree. This will insure no sun scalding in the winter. Mix 50/50: white INTERIOR latex paint with water.

Place a skirt around the tree. We like to use hardware cloth. 18” h x whatever opening size you desire. This will insure small rodents will not girdle the trunk. If you have voles, take precaution in the winter.

Pear, Plum, and Cherry Trees

Remick’s Orchard has a selection of pears, plums, and cherries – both fruits and trees – seasonally available. During harvest time, stop by our orchard to see what’s ripe! Varieties include Parker Pear, Summercrisp Pear, Superior Plum, Mount Royal Plum, Toka Plum, Evans Bali Cherry and North Star Cherry.

Bare Root Small Fruits and Other Plants

Blueberry

NorthBlue: 1983 A hardy Minnesota Cultivar. Plant at least 2 varieties for larger berries. Plants grow 24- 36” in size. Bears fruit in July. Large fruit firm, excellent for cooking and eating.

North Country: 1986 Another Minnesota hardy plant. Medium sized berries with a wild berry flavor. 18-24” tall x 24-35” High.

*Blueberries prefer very acid soil. 4.0 – 5.0. Use pine needles or miracid fertilizers in your mulch.

Raspberry

Caroline: Large red berry with excellent flavor. Highly recommend this variety.

Currants

Red Lake Currant: 1933 U of M. Large red fruit. World wide use. Try it today.

Rhubarb

Chipman Canada Red: Minnesota’s favorite tart sweet treat. Pies, Sauce, bars. Plant today and enjoy year after year. Stalks can be harvested, frozen and used anytime a quick desert is in order. Rhubarb does very well when manures are added to the soils.

Strawberries

Ever bearing plants 4-10” h bears fruit June through Aug. Plant in ground or as a childrens project: plant in pots. Watch their eyes light up when harvesting their own fruit. A sweet NATURAL treat!!

bittersweet_vine

Autumn Revolution Bittersweet

Asparagus

Jersey Knight: Mostly male spears. Prepare soil. Crowns should be planted in trench 18” deep and covered with soil lightly. Once growing upwards, recover with soil till trench is filled. Weeds need to be under control for this spring harvested fruit. Second year a light harvest can be made.

Autumn Revolution Bittersweet

Orange berries twice as large as original oriental bittersweet. This showy vine will grow to 25’ h and will spread 24” w. The glossy green leaves will turn yellow in the fall. Unlike other varieties, the Autumn Revolution does not need a male or female to cross pollinate. Needs full sun and something to grow on. Harvest in the fall for decorative centerpieces. Will live 20 years and grows quite fast. This vine is a must if you want show stopping color!