Nursery Catalog

FGI first ever

JULY SUMMER SALE!

details coming soon….

 

 

Potted figs, grapes, apple, pear, plum, myrtle communis and more….

We will still have another winter bare root sale in October 2020….

Since we are a small nursery, we usually have a limited supply of fruit trees.  So, we urge you to sign up for our email list for early notification of when our plants will be available.  Call (530) 292-3619 or email us at thefgi@gmail.com and request to be added to the email list. 

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!

Thank you Everyone for supporting this project!  While the nursery sales provide approximately 25% of our operating budget, we rely on donors and occasional grants. This year we are grateful to the Bill Graham Foundation for their support of our work. Hats off and gratitude to them.   While this was awesome, we are still far below our budgetary needs. None-the-less, we are dedicated and continue to volunteer our time to keep things going.  All of us together are finding, saving and propagating valuable food and ornamental plants that have survived a century with little to no care from humans.  We take it as a personal commitment to carry on the legacy of our ancestors who spent millennia breeding, saving and transporting the very best fruit, nut and ornamentals from around the world.  In the face of modern industrial agriculture we have lost 95% of our genetic diversity, and with your help all of us are saving the very best gems still growing throughout California’s Gold Rush Country.

 After purchase, you will be contacted and your plants will be available for Pickup in

North San Juan, CA or UPS Delivery 

80 Varieties

15 Species

We are a very small nursery and there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for the inconvenience.  When we find long term farm land we’ll be able to do more.

We apologize if we run out of something you want — the early bird gets the worm!

ORDERS OVER $400 Automatically receive 10% Off

We charge $10 dollars per order for materials and handling on both shipping and pickup. If you order multiple times we will refund any additional Handling Fees incurred from ordering multiple times per season.

Happy Planting!

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If you have questions, please contact us at   

(530) 292-3619 or thefgi@gmail.com

We accept orders only via the website

Click on the pictures to view the varieties

Plums and Prunes

Felix Gillet introduced more than 40 varieties of prunes and plums beginning in 1871. Gillet is credited with establishing the now huge California prune industry (the worlds largest), as he recognized that the Santa Clara, Napa and Central Valleys of California were similar to the Clairac Valley of France, which is world famous as a prune producing region. Our California climate actually turned out to produce better quality and larger quantities of prunes than in France. He introduced three French prune varieties that are still in primary production today. The most popular is known in English as the Improved French, likely because Americans had a difficult time to pronounce “Clairac Mammoth d’Ente”! This variety is still the main variety in California’s prune (dried plum) industry. His other enduring prune varieties are the Imperial de Clairac and the Robe de Sargeant. We are pleased to introduce all three of these great varieties this year. Our project has uncovered a only few of his other varieties at this point, and we offer them for your culinary delight. We continue to explore for other varieties, and will love to know if you are aware of any plums or prunes growing here in the Sierras. These prunes and plums are of European origin, which infers increased hardiness, resistance to disease, cold and rain, which is not found in the Japanese varieties commonly grown as fresh fruit.

These plums and prunes are self fertile, and do not require a pollenizer variety to produce a crop, however planting two different varieties will increase the production of each. The primary pollinator of prunes and plums are honeybees, and numerous wild species of bees and wasps.

All of our prunes and plums are grafted to the Myrobalan 29C plum rootstock, which insures increased hardiness in higher rainfall, clay and poor soil sites. Also, trees on this rootstock are somewhat delayed in blooming each spring, reducing the risk from frost and rain. Myrobalan is widely used as a rootstock for apricots, plums, prunes and most almonds. It is a widely adaptable standard size rootstock, particularly adaptable to heavier soils with excellent anchorage. Shallow but vigorous root system. Tolerates wet soils. Immune to root-knot nematodes, some resistance to oak-root fungus. Trees grow to approximately 12'-15' tall, but may be kept shorter by pruning in June or early July.

Click on images to view the variety descriptions and order.

Red Myro 30 USD