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In 2012, we began our journey to build what is now “Whiffletree Farm & Nursery”, by purchasing a franchise from a company called “Green Barn Nursery” out of Quebec. After Green Barn’s bankruptcy in 2013, we decided to go it alone and as such, we are no longer affiliated with Green Barn Nursery nor anyone associated with Green Barn Nursery.

This Planting Instructions guide contains handy information about looking after your trees and shrubs.

Download the Planting Instruction Guide now.

All stock sent out is considered alive and true to name. Any stock that fails to leaf out will be replaced. Stock that leafs out but dies during the first growing season will be replaced at half the original price. The customer is responsible for paying the freight cost on all replacements. Claims must be made no later than August 1st of the first growing season.
If it is too late in the growing season to send a replacement, a credit will be applied to your account. This credit can be used at any time to purchase more Whiffletree product. This credit is not refundable.
Although we sell hardy trees and plants, we can’t guarantee overwinter survival due to factors beyond our control.
Our goal is to send only high quality stock, but in working with live plants and human fallibility, we realize perfection isn’t always attained. We want you to be successful and satisfied.

First of all, avoid fertilizer applications after August 1st so your tree growth slows and the tree can harden off properly by winter. Protect the graft for the first few years with some form of insulation. Finally, protect the trunk with a white plastic spiral guard or other mechanical protection. These “winterizing” products are available from Whiffletree and are shown in our catalogue.

Water a newly planted tree with 5 gallons of water, letting it soak in slowly. An easy way to do this is to make a very small hole in a 5 gallon pail and then set the pail beside the tree.
If planting a dormant bare root tree or plant, do not water it again until leafing begins. Too much water in the dormant stage can reduce root development. Once the tree is leafed out, water it with 3-5 gallons twice a week for the first season depending on how well drained your soil is and how much rain falls throughout the first season.

If your tree or plant is not producing new growth then yes fertilization may be needed. We recommend concentrated organic liquid fertilizers that can be added when watering. Adding a layer of compost on top of the ground at the base of the tree once or twice a year will help build the soil quality which will eventually remove the need for fertilization. Please refer to our catalogue for recommended fertilizers and other soil amendments.

Every tree has its own preferred growing habits. Usually a tree is pruned for the grower’s convenience or aesthetic wishes. To learn more about the basics of pruning, we offer several books on the subject. Please refer to our free catalogue for more information.

Unless you have heavy clay soil, there isn’t much to do in terms of soil preparation. You can add amendments such as compost or peat moss to the soil and/or a layer of mulch over the root area after planting will help retain moisture, especially during the first year. While it may be tempting to add fertilizer or manure to your freshly dug hole before planting your new tree, PLEASE resist! Fertilizer or manure in close contact with the root system could chemically burn the roots and potentially kill the tree.

If it produces flowers but no fruit then your tree probably needs a cross pollinator – a second variety which is different from the variety that you currently have to pollinate the flowers and produce fruit.

In general most trees take 2 to 3 years to start producing fruit. Some species of berries and bushes will produce fruit the same year.

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