Moser Fruit Tree Nursery
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:
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 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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