General nursery information
The nursery is open for orders. Read on for some key information regarding the ordering process, and about the nursery.
You can pay either at the time of ordering with a credit card, PayPal, or e-transfer, or, if you are local, you can pay at the time of pick-up/drop-off with cash or cheque. E-transfers are great for a small business like ours because credit cards take a 3% cut, but please use whatever method works best for you.
Buy 5 trees, get 5% off. Buy 10 trees, get 10% off. Interested in more? Contact Matt@TheUrbanOrchardist.com to discuss.
Orders are first-come, first-served, and taken throughout the winter. However, the trees won't be ready for pick-up/delivery until the ground thaws and they can be dug up. Pick-up/delivery season is around late March - mid-April.
- If possible, picking up yourself is the cheapest option (its free). I'll be in touch with you about the when & where.
- If you're within 40 km of our nursery site (5420 Hwy 6 N, Guelph), and your order is at least $100, I will deliver your trees for a fee of $20.
- If neither of those options work for you, shipping is an option - however, please know that shipping in Canada is expensive! Shopify automatically determines shipping rates at checkout, and it is more economical with larger orders - shipping four trees should be the same cost as shipping one tree.
I am working on securing discounted rates with Canada Post... if the shipping rate seems exorbitant to you, you are welcome to select the Local Pickup option, and the Pay by E-transfer option, and you can hold payment until I have physically shipped the trees, and determined a final rate.
Our trees are 'bare root':
Bare root trees are dug and shipped while dormant, without soil around their roots (we pack them in damp sawdust to keep them hydrated during shipping). There are multiple benefits to this - bare root trees have less risk of transplant shock compared to potted trees, they are able to be shipped for a much cheaper price, and growing trees in the ground as opposed to pots is better for the trees, the grower, and the environment. If you'd like to read more, I really like this article written by nurseryman Akiva Silver about The Benefits of Bare Root Trees.
Organically-grown, but not certified organic:
Our nursery conforms to all requirements of organic certification in Canada. We pay great attention to the ecosystem of the land we steward, and we use cover crops and good quality compost and other amendments as an ongoing effort to build healthy soil and grow healthy trees. Where necessary we use products certified for organic use rather than broad-spectrum synthetic pesticides, and we hand-weed and mulch instead of using herbicides.
Most fruit trees require cross-pollination in order to make fruit, and each variety's pollination requirement is listed in their description. We carry some self-fertile fruit trees - these include peaches, apricots, mulberries, sour cherries, some sweet cherries, and some plums. For the rest - apples, pears, some plums and cherries - these require a different variety of the same species in order to set fruit. An apple and a pear can flower beside each other, but they won't pollinate each other and make fruit. Likewise, two McIntosh apples can flower beside each other, but they won't make fruit either - they need to be two genetically different varieties. Just like with animals, inbreeding is discouraged - enforced outcrossing is evolution's way of ensuring a healthy gene pool.
Have other questions? You're welcome to write Matt an email at Matt@TheUrbanOrchardist.com, or use the contact form below.