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Frequently Asked Questions

What are bareroot trees?

What are bareroot trees?

Bareroot trees (dormant, with no soil around the roots) are available in winter, in the widest selection, from our nursery and at the best prices.  Bareroot trees may be topped, limbed and shaped as the grower chooses.

Container trees are conveniently availablr in spring & throughout the year, but at a higher price than bareroot, and all varieties and variety-rootstock combinations may not be available.  For the first couple of weeks, actively growing trees
planted from containers must be watered frequently, sometimes daily, till their roots establish in the surrounding soil.

One of the biggest grower of bareroot trees popular in the Phoenix area is Dave Wilson.  Each year Flower of the Gods brings in a wide selection of Dave Wilson trees for sale.  These are typically available via pre-order online & for a short time in person at the nursery.  For those not picked up during pre-order, bareroot trees are quickly potted into containers to give them best chance to break dormancy in spring.  These will be available for sale at a higher price than bareroot with the understanding that they were recently potted & need to be treated as such.  Once trees break dormancy, Flower of the Gods will again adjust the price as I consider
them container trees at that point.

You can help your tree be successful by how you treat your tree from the time you purchase, how you plant it & care for it until it breaks dormancy.  Especially if planted early and are well-established before any hot weather.  Bareroot trees are a great way to secure the trees you really want in your yard. 

What are chill hours?

A deciduous tree is one that loses its leaves in winter (such as
apples, peaches, plums, etc.).  Many deciduous fruit trees need a
certain number of hours of low temperatures over the winter in order to grow back strongly in spring.  A chill hour is any hour under 45 degrees F.  The chilling requirement is the total number of hours required during the winter for a particular cultivar to induce the tree to break dormancy and produce flowers & fruit.  In most of Maricopa County, we typically have around 400 chill hours (more or less depending on the type of winter we have).  Now, this doesn’t mean a tree with 500 chill hours won’t grow here.  In my own orchard, I’ve had a lot of success growing fruit trees with chill hour requirements up to 500-550.  It is important when buying deciduous fruit trees that you pay attention to the number of chill hours required for your area for each tree.  Keep in mind, a tree that needs 1,000 hours will likely not bear fruit in areas with lower chill hours like Maricopa County.  I won’t say a tree with 800+ hours, such as Bing cherries & Honeycrisp Apples, will never fruit here, however, it would be experimental & your money will be better spent on trees proven to fruit in our area.  That is what I take into consideration when selecting trees to sell at Flower
of the Gods.

Types of roses

Types of roses

Bare root roses – these are pulled from the field they are growing in & put into a cooler until shipped out.  FOTG receives bare root roses in December or January.  We immediately pot these into 5 gallon nursery pots to ensure the best chance at survival.  January is a great time to plant these roses.

Container roses or canned roses are roses that were planted into in nursery pots and sold in the pot.  Nurseries typically have these anytime between January on. 

Bag roses are the ones you see at big box stores sold in plastic bags.  These typically have very low prices.  They are sometimes covered in wax & are lower grade roses with weaker root systems (not as developed).  These are typically more of a challenge to get established and grow. 

A tree rose is a type of rose that has been grafted to have a long stem with a bushy crown of flowers. It looks like a small tree, but it is not a true tree botanically. Tree roses can be made from different varieties of roses, such as hybrid tea, floribunda, or miniature roses.  They are popular for adding height and color to garden. 

36" Standard Tree Rose - Standard Trees are husky two-year- old plants grown on a sturdy 36” rootstock. We offer a broad selection of popular varieties, unusual weeping types and new intros.

36” Two-fer™ Trees - Weeks’ 36” Two-fers are guaranteed to cause quite a clamor in your garden.  Imagine the excitement of two colors of flowers on just one tree. 
These are carefully selected two different varieties that are perfectly
balanced in flower size, floriferousness, foliage and habit to bud onto our sturdy 36” rootstock. A real attention-grabber!

What are worm castings?

Vermicompost, or castings, is the ultimate solution for improving soil
health and boosting plant growth. Made from the castings of earthworms, It is a natural and organic fertilizer that's packed with essential nutrients. 

It's perfect for farmers, gardeners, and anyone who wants to grow healthy, vibrant plants. The castings are rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as trace elements like calcium, magnesium, and iron, that are all essential for healthy plant growth.  When used properly, castings act as a natural insect repellant.

Using worm castings is easy. Simply mix it with your soil or add it to your compost heap, and let the earthworms do the rest. The earthworms help to break down organic matter and release nutrients that plants need for healthy growth.

But it isn't just good for your plants - it's good for the environment, too.
By using organic matter and earthworms, castings promote sustainable farming practices and reduces waste. It's eco-friendly, organic, and supports a healthy

With worm castings, your plants will grow stronger, produce higher yields, and be more resistant to pests and diseases. It's the perfect solution for anyone who wants to grow healthy, vibrant plants and promote sustainable farming practices.

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