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Moser Fruit Tree Nursery

Custom Fruit Tree propagators
Heirloom, hardy, and hard-to-get fruit Trees for commercial fruit growers.

 

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Moser's Exclusive FastFruitTrees!™ Technology

Moser FastFruitTrees!™ are Moser's exclusive greenhouse propagated and grown fruit trees that are an alternative to conventionally propagated tree.  We can allow you to catch up when you have missed a custom budding deadline for conventional field budded and grown trees or if you need a small amount of custom grown trees in a hurry.  They can also be useful in increasing scarce supplies of budwood if you have a newly discovered cultivar that you wish to increase, or for saving that family heirloom or favorite old variety no longer available in the regular nursery trade.

Moser FastFruitTrees!™ will likely never replace the conventionally grown, field budded tree for most large commercial growers.  It is still young, new technology being developed exclusively by Moser's.  However, the potential advantages of the greenhouse propagated tree are several fold:

  • Faster trees---sometimes cutting off a year of nursery production time.  Bud it this spring--- plant it this summer, fall or next spring.
     
  • High quality---but likely smaller, finished trees to conventionally grown nursery trees, especially on vigorous roots.  A potential advantage for vigorous cherry, plum, and peach, where many growers don’t want too large of a tree.  More work needs to be done with apples and pears to finish them into comparable feathered sizes in one season.
     
  • Quicker turnaround from order to delivery--- greenhouse production allows late ordering and contracting, faster delivery time, as well as smaller minimum orders.
     
  • Increasing scarce budwood supplies--- greenhouse production could be very useful for increasing supplies of budwood of newly discovered cultivars, since the trees once transplanted into the field could be cut for budwood for conventional trees that summer.

Typically, dormant rootstock is potted in the greenhouse in mid-Feburary to early March and allowed to break dormancy.  We are still working on the proper pot size to use, soil mixes, fertilization regimes, etc. in order to improve the efficiency of the whole operation.

At a suitable time, dormant buds are chipped budded onto the rootstock and allowed to grow.  Because of the controlled environment of the greenhouse, we are able to manage the growth on the new trees more closely than field budded trees which are subject to more of the vagaries of "Mother Nature".

After the danger of spring frost has passed, these trees can be either:

Transplanted directly to an orchard location, providing the grower has drip irrigation and the ability and management skills to nurture the more tender greenhouse grown tree that will require much more care than a conventional dormant planted bareroot tree, or transplanted to one of Moser's nursery fields for finishing into a more conventional bareroot tree of nice caliper.  We can also finish them off in the greenhouse and bareroot harvest them in early winter and hold them in cold storage until spring planting time. 
 
At left is sweet cherry in September after transplanting a
Moser FastFruitTree!™ into one of our nursery fields.  Below are Toka plums in the same field which started out as Moser'FastFruitTrees!™.

At this time, we are looking for grower cooperators to help us refine the technology of taking a Moser FastFruitTree!™ from the greehouse directly to the orchard, so if you don't mind taking a little risk and you are a "hands on" type grower who is willing and able to give these trees the extra care they need, then we'd like to hear from you.

When further grown in our nursery field, we have no doubt that a Moser FastFruitTree!™ will perform like a conventionally budded and grown in-the-field type tree.  Expect these trees to be priced comparably to conventional bareroot nursery trees and of equal quality. 

 

 

 

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