What’s New at the Nursery

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are a great addition to any home landscape.  They provide privacy and shade, look beautiful, and can produce large quantities of delicious, edible fruit. Did you know a single mature apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year? Fruit trees are some of the best options for long-term, sustainable, and low maintenance growing and can continue to produce fruit for decades.  Fort Collins Nursery has one of the largest selections of fruit trees in the region with over 80 varieties of fruit trees including apple, cherry, plum, peach, pear, crabapple and mulberry.  Our trees are picked for their ability to grow and thrive in our Northern Colorado environment.  With so many fruit trees to choose from, here are a few ideas to get you started:


Honeycrisp Apples

This standard size tree produces a large crop of crisp, sweet fruit that can be over 3” in diameter and ripens in September.  Honeycrisp apples are sweet, firm, and tart, making them perfect for eating right off the tree. Honeycrisp trees are known for their hardiness, however some protection from our strong winds is a must. These mid to late season bloomers are not self-pollinating so you’ll need another apple variety nearby in order for it to produce fruit.

Height: 15-20 ft.

Width: 12-15 ft.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: Mid-Season

Zones: 3-6

Honeycrisp apples were introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1991. They have since been crossed with other apple varieties, creating wonderful hybrids that are also available at Fort Collins Nursery including Sweet Sixteen, Kindercrisp, Frostbite, and Snow Sweet.


North Star Cherry

The North Star Cherry is an attractive, vigorous, and hardy dwarf tree. While it is the smallest of the tart cherry trees, it is also an abundant fruit producer. The trees yield red, pit-type fruit with red flesh that ripens in mid-summer and are resistant to cracking.  Their tart fruit tastes great in deserts, pies, and pastries. North Star Cherries are self-fertile but they will do even better when planted as a pair.

Height: 6-8 ft.

Width: 6-8 ft.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: May

Zones: 5


Green Gage Plum

This old-fashioned European Plum has been an American favorite for many years because of its great taste and usefulness in the kitchen. Their yellow-green fruit has a juicy, sweet flavor and is considered by many to be the best flavored of any plum variety. They are great for canning, cooking or eating fresh off the tree. Green Gage plums are partially self-fertile and will produce some fruit on their own. Planting with another variety of European plum will yield even greater crops.

Height: 10-15 ft.

Width: 10-15 ft.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: White/ Spring

Zones: 4-7


Spring-planted Bulbs

Spring-planted bulbs produce dramatic garden color with minimal effort and are a great addition to your summer garden.  Not to be confused with “Fall Bulbs” which are planted in fall but flower in spring, “Spring Bulbs” are also known as “Summer Flowering Bulbs.”  Spring planted bulbs are tender and will not survive cold ground temperatures and should generally be planted around the last frost date or when you plant your vegetable garden. Because they are not cold hardy, spring bulbs should be dug up, stored and then replanted every year or grown as annuals.  To get a quick start on growing your summer flowering bulbs, pot them indoors 1-2 months before planting time and transplant them outside and into your garden after our last frost (average of May 15).

Fort Collins Nursery currently has all of these great varieties in stock: Dahlia, Canna, Elephant Ear, Amaryllis, Gladiolus, Eremus, Crocosmia, Lily and more.


Potatoes, Onions & Garlic

For those of you who are anxious to start planting early this spring, we’ll have a great selection of Potatoes, Onions & Garlic arriving throughout March.  A good rule of thumb is you can plant potatoes and onions directly in the garden after St. Patrick’s Day, but with our unpredictable Colorado weather it is important to keep an eye on them. Use mulch, Season Extenders, or cover with row covers to help protect veggies from low temperatures. Garlic bulbs can be planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.  Shop early to find the best available selection and store your potatoes, onions and garlic in a cool, dry environment until it’s time to plant.

Please call to check availability and arrival dates for potatoes, onions, and garlic in March.


Potato plants do not flower to produce seed so to produce a potato plant you will need seed potatoes, now available at Fort Collins Nursery.  Seed potatoes can be planted whole, or cut into pieces with at least one eye per piece.  Those with more eyes will grow to produce a larger quantity of potatoes that are smaller in size while those with fewer eyes will produce fewer potatoes that are larger in size.  For planting, choose a sunny spot with well-draining, loose soil, so that the roots and tubers can develop. For a fun alternative planting method try planting potatoes in bloem BAGZ.

Here are some delicious varieties already in stock to consider:

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: Smooth, round, yellow-skinned potato with pink around the eyes. Great flavor for baking, boiling or salads.
  • Russet Burbank Potato: Dark russet skin and flaky white flesh. This is a perfect light, fluffy baked potato and is also excellent as fries or hash browns.
  • Viking Purple: This Heirloom has large, smooth dark purple skin and pure white flesh that make it great for mashing. It is a high-yielding potato developed at North Dakota State University.


Onion sets and plants are the fastest, easiest way to grow full-size onions in a single season. For planting, choose a very sunny location with 8 hours or more of direct sun per day with fertile soil that drains well. Onions are heavy feeders and benefit greatly from an application of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as El Primero Organic Garden Fertilizer (21-4-4) locally made by Alpha One.


Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from the whole bulb.  It is easy to grow and requires very little space in the garden. Garlic should be planted in a fertile, well-drained soil, avoiding areas where water can collect around the roots.  The cloves should be planted 1-2 inches into the ground with the pointed end up.  


Cool Season Veggies

Late March is a great time to start planting cool season vegetables. Cool season crops prefer cool daytime temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees, and down to 40 degrees at night.

Semi-Hardy vegetables such as beets, carrots, cauliflower, parsley, parsnips, potatoes and Swiss chard are less tolerant of a frost, and may need some additional protection. Using mulch, Season Extenders and covering with row covers will help protect veggies from low temperatures. The most cold-hardy, such as broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, onions, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach and turnips, can withstand a frost.

Cool-season crops will stop producing when temperatures are high in the summertime, but keep in mind you can plant another round of crops in late summer for a fall harvest!

We have an extensive selection of cool season veggie seeds from great companies like Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Beauty Beyond Belief, Botanical InterestsRenee’s Garden, Seed Savers Exchange, and Territorial Seed Company.

We also have spinach, lettuce, and kale starter plants grown here at Fort Collins Nursery by our wonderful production staff.  More starters like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and various greens will arrive later in the month of March.

Bare Root Strawberries, Hops, and Rhubarb

Bare root plants are dormant plants that have no soil around the roots. This allows them to easily adapt to the soil conditions of their new environment.  Not only are they extremely simple to plant, but they are very affordable and easy to transport as well.  

March and April are considered bare root season in Colorado and generally speaking, if you can work the soil it is OK to plant.  Bare root plants have been stored in cool temperatures over the winter so the cold soil will not be a shock to them. It is however a good idea to cover up their roots to protect them from any potential deep frost that may occur.  Placing the plants in potting soil and covering them with mulch will help shield the roots and hold in moisture until the threat of frost is over.  

Ideally, you should plant bare root plants soon after purchase.  If the ground is still frozen or you simply get too busy, plants should be stored in a cool dry spot until you’re ready to plant. Warmer temperatures can cause the plants to emerge from their dormancy prematurely so storing in a cool environment like a refrigerator, root cellar, garage, or basement will inhibit premature growth.
Fort Collins Nursery has bare root rhubarb, strawberries and hops in stock including (but not limited to) the following varieties:

Ozark Beauty Strawberry

Ozark Beauty strawberries are everbearing plants that produce a steady and abundant yield from spring to fall. These tasty strawberries are deep red, firm and sugary sweet. They taste great fresh or frozen and in preserves.

Height: 10-12 in.

Spacing: 12-18 in.

Water: Prefers moist well drained soil

Sun: Plant in full sun


Cascade Hops

This productive vining plant has large, attractive flowers used for flavoring beer. They have a very distinct aroma of citrus and spice with a hint of grapefruit. These are the most-used hop in US craft brewing.

Height: 20-25 ft.

Width: 10 ft.

Water: Prefers moist well drained soil

Sun: Plant in full sun


Crimson Red Rhubarb

Crimson Red rhubarb has exceptionally sweet, bright red stalks that erupt out of the soil in early summer. Rhubarb will do best if planted in slightly amended soil and can tolerate partial shade. To prevent seeding in other areas, cut down the flower stalk. The leaves are poisonous if eaten so keep away from small children and pets.

Height: 2-3’

Width: 2-3’

Water: Moderate-Low

Sun: Plant in full sun

Bird Houses & Feeders

There are a number of benefits in attracting birds to your home landscape. Birds will help with pest control, flower pollination, and even weed control as some birds consume large quantities of weed seeds that would otherwise grow in your garden.  They provide stress relief and endless enjoyment through site and song.  You can also feel good about providing them a nice place to visit as more and more of their natural habitats and food sources are threatened by suburban development. Fort Collins Nursery has a large selection of supplies to help attract our feathered friends.  You’ll find bird baths, bird feeders, bird houses, bird seed, and more! Don’t forget that planting certain types of fruit trees, shrubs, and flowers will provide them with a sustainable source of fruits, berries, and seeds to feed on throughout the year. By taking a few simple steps and providing them with food, water, and shelter you will be rewarded with an active habitat for birds at your home!

Fairy Gardening Supplies

Fairy gardening is a whimsical and fun activity for kids of all ages. Generally open air (as opposed to terrariums), these miniature gardens are filled with accessories such as walkways made from chips of broken pots, tiny little benches and tables, and even diminutive domiciles where one can imagine a fairy taking up residence. If bonsai is an exercise in patience, fairy gardens are a celebration of impermanence, as you find new fun arrangements to suit the needs of your fairies, remove overgrown plants, and introduce new accessories to their vibrant little world. We have a large selection of miniature plants, succulents, and air plants plus loads of fun additions.  Create a fantasy world where a princess frolics outside her castle while playful dragons stand guard.  Construct a scene with a lazy troll resting warily outside of his cottage, surrounded by barn animals and busy fairies going about their day. You can even recreate some of your favorite movies scenes with figurine characters from Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz. Your imagination is the limit with these fun and interactive gardens!

Home Decor & Gifts

Awesome plants are not the only things you’ll find at Fort Collins Nursery.  We also have an amazing selection of home décor and gift items to suit every taste.  We constantly rotate our product lines to mix things up and provide you with the best selection of unique and stylish items.

One of our new motifs for this winter is tropical fruit themed goodies featuring fruit shaped bottle stoppers, wall hooks, water-resistant bags, and battery powered lanterns in pastel colors.  The crown jewel of this collection is an assortment of kiwi, watermelon and orange shaped inflatable ottomans.

We also have a great selection of farm themed figurines, statues, pottery, clocks, signs, and wall hooks.  You’ll even find a cow print umbrella for a rainy day fashion statement!

Another new addition to the nursery is a collection of safari themed statues, wall hooks and tea lights. An ornate, engraved elephant statue will look as good on your book shelves as it would on the cluttered desk of a genuine safari explorer.

Whether you’re looking for decorative stakes for your garden, wall art for your kitchen, or wind chimes for your porch, we have something to fit your space and style.


Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of garden tools to help simplify all of your planting and cleanup jobs. Rakes, shovels, planters, weeders, hoes, pruners, edgers and more are in stock and ready to take on all your toughest garden projects.  Here are a few great manufacturers and tools for you to consider:


FELCO Pruners:

FELCO Swiss-made cutting and pruning tools are designed to offer innovative and durable solutions to professional and domestic users alike. They are widely considered some of the best pruning tools on the market. FELCO tools are designed to work in harmony with nature and pruning professionals appreciate their clean, precise-cutting models because they guarantee the quick healing of the pruning wound. Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of FELCO pruners, loppers, pruning saws as well as replacement blades, sharpening tools, lubricant sprays, and leather holsters.


Barebones Living Tools:

Barebones Living is a socially conscious company with a mission to supply the bare necessities for living – food, water, shelter, and power – in the most efficient and independent way possible to any location around the world.  Fort Collins Nursery has a variety of Barebones garden tools in stock including spades, hoes, cultivators, and scissors. These sleek and durable products provide the foundation to get your own sustainable garden up and running.  We also carry the Barebones Hori Hori multi-use tool that was voted one of the top 100 outdoor living tools for 2015 by This Old House. Its sturdy construction makes it perfect for pounding, digging, cutting, and measuring planting depth.


Yard Butler Tools:

Yard Butler is an industry leader in developing and introducing unique new lawn and garden tools. Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of Yard Butler tools including bulb augers and planters, weeders, step edgers, core aerators, and rotary cultivators.   The Terra Planter is an all-purpose, unbreakable trowel for digging with a pick end that can be used for loosening, tilling, and furrowing the soil.  The Terra Weeder is a great “two in one” tool with four tapered tines acting like a claw hammer to lock and hold the weed for complete root removal. The second beveled straight edge can be used for cutting stubborn roots. Committed to quality and customer service, Yard Butler guarantees all their tools for life against any defects in manufacturing or materials.

Down To Earth™ Fertilizer

Down To Earth™ features a complete line of natural and organic fertilizers, soil amendments, composts and potting media. They work with the microorganisms, fungi and organic matter in the soil to feed plants and stimulate growth. Their natural fertilizers are carefully blended from the best sources of organic nutrients in ideal proportions without the use of synthetics, growth stimulants or low quality fillers like poultry waste. You can be confident that you are giving your garden the best product available, whether it’s a multi-purpose blend or a specialized soil amendment.