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Trees for 2023

Starting November 25 (Black Friday) we will take website orders for trees to be grown for 2023 . No phone or email orders will be taken until Monday, November 28. As we reduce the trees we make available in our nursery, we are working with other nurseries. Watch our website for links to other good places to get trees for your agroforestry projects. Tom is available as a paid consultant for your tree planting plans. We expect to have all our 2023 trees reserved by the middle of January 2023.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering trees from us:

Trees on their way to the state of Louisiana.

We Do Not Ship Trees. You will not be refunded in full if you expect shipping of any trees. All trees ordered will need to be picked from our farm in southeast Iowa by August 31 (June 30 for small potted chestnuts, see below).

We offer limited Quantity Discounts on Chestnuts. We offer quantity discounts when you order the same variety of chestnuts. You cannot combine orders of different varieties to reach a discount price. Example 60 Mossbarger and 60 Qing would cost you the 10 – 99 price for each, not the 100 or more price for each.

We Do NOT refund your deposit after January 15. We require a 25% deposit to reserve your trees. You have two weeks after placing your order to get this deposit to our farm. This deposit is lost if you cancel your order after January 15. We understand stuff happens. If you need to cancel your order after January 15, call or email us and explain. If we can find a new purchaser for your trees, we may only charge a 10% restocking fee. The earlier you cancel or change the order, the easier it is for us to find new customers and the less we will charge you for changing your order.

Chestnut Seedlings. We have seedlings of some of the very best cultivars available. Although “open pollinated”, their most likely pollinizers are other good Chinese cultivars. This greatly increases the likelihood that the seedlings will be as good or even better than their parents. We fully expect that many new, superior cultivars will result form these seedlings.
The varieties we have for sell below have brief descriptions of the parent trees. These seedling trees are for pick up early summer through August 31.

Small and Medium sized pots used to grow chestnut trees at Red Fern Farm.

Chestnut Seedling Pots. We check each tree to make sure we see roots emerging from the bottom of their pot to ensure good root development before we release the tree from our nursery. All are trees are grown in post designed to avoid root spiraling so none of our trees become “root bound”.
Small potted chestnuts – These pots are 9 inches tall for excellent root development, but are only 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches square at the top. This allows the roots to fill in the smaller pots sooner and thus the trees will be ready to leave our nursery earlier in the summer. It also means the pots will dry out quicker and the tops can quickly out grow the capacity of the pots. The chestnut trees grown in these smaller pots will need to be picked up from our nursery by June 31.

Medium potted chestnuts – These are our standard size pots. They are 4 x 4 inches square at the top and 9 inches tall. It takes longer for the tree roots to fill these pots. Because of the larger size, these potted trees do not dehydrate as quickly as the smaller pots. Trees grown in these pots do not need to be picked up from our nursery until August 31.

Pawpaw seedlings. We no longer sell grafted or bare-root pawpaws. Because of the life cycle of the pawpaw, you will get more fruit from your pawpaw PATCH by growing superior seedlings and allowing their root sprouts to fruit (see Pawpaw Special Instructions). We offer three sizes of pawpaw that are based on the pot size and thus root development. We also offer two strains of pawpaw. Shensus Pawpaw Seedlings are from a semi-controlled cross of Shenandoah and Susquehanna. Varietal Pawpaw Seedlings are seedlings are open pollinated with grafted varieties such as  ‘NC1’, ‘Pennsylvania Golden’, ‘Taytwo’, ‘Prolific’,  ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Susquehanna’ and ‘Overlease’  as their mother tree.

2021 Newsletter and catalog

Front page of Red Fern Farm 2021 Newsletter/Catalog

Our 2021 newsletter/catalog is hitting people’s email boxes today.  In the following week, paper copies will be in some folks mailboxes. Tom spent a fair amount of time on an article about how to select a good site for chestnut trees. You can read that article here rather than wait for your digital or paper copy of the newsletter. In the article he mentions the Web Soil Survey and the Woodland Suitability Recommendations (see below).

In the catalog part you will see what trees we hope to grow for 2021 and listings of scionwood that is available now. The Scion wood will close down for orders in February and March, depending on varieties.  We have already taken orders for half of all the chestnut trees we plan to grow in 2021. Please don’t wait too long to place an order for these potted trees. And remember, we don’t ship potted trees. You do have to come to our farm to pick them up.

We do have a few bare-rooted pawpaw and persimmon trees available this spring.  Oops. Now all the bare-rooted persimmon trees are gone. But we may have a few more as we cancel orders where we have not received a 25% deposit. Feel free to call or email if you think our website is out of date. (But our website is often more knowledgeable than we are). – Kathy Dice