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Potatoes, Onions & Garlic

Potatoes, Onions & Garlic

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

Potatoes

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 to consider:

  • Cal White Potatoes: A long white-fleshed potato with brilliant white skin. Produces heavy yields of large potatoes.
  • Dark Red Norland Potato: This Heirloom has almost burgundy skin and white flesh. Keeps well, produces high yields and is great for potato salad.
  • Viking Purple: This Heirloom has large, smooth dark purple skin and pure white flesh that make it great for mashing. A high-yielding potato developed at North Dakota State University.

Onions

Onion sets and plants are now in stock and 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. You’ll cry tears of joy after tasting one of these savory varieties:

  • Copra Onion: This is a very sweet storage onion that can be stored for up to a year. Produces a beautiful, hard 3” onion that cooks love.
  • Red Candy Apple Onion: Features a large, flattened red globe and is the type of red you’ll find in an Italian restaurant or salad bar. Limited storage capacity with this one.
  • Highlander Onion: Sweet, early maturing bulbs grow up to 4”. It is easy to cure and stores well for up to 5 months.

Garlic

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.  Give your meals some bite with one of these wonderful varieties:

  • Inchelium Red Garlic: Features savory aroma and rich taste with a medium level of spiciness, even when eaten raw.
  • Susanville Garlic: Features white with occasional pink coloring and a long shelf life. Cloves are excellent for roasting and spreading and great for braiding.

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 either be dug up, stored and then replanted every year or grown as annuals.  To get a quick start on growing your summer bulbs, pot them indoors 1-2 months before planting time and transplant them outside and into your garden. Fort Collins Nursery currently has all of these great varieties in stock:

Dahlia, Canna, Elephant Ear, Amaryllis, Gladiolus, Lily and more.

 

Weeks Bare-root Roses


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is one of the largest commercial rose growers in the United States, offering a unique, broad selection of popular & unusual roses since 1938.  For each rose variety, they select the propagation method that ensures maximum plant performance, hardiness and blooming in your garden.  Fort Collins Nursery carries a wide selection of Weeks’ high-grade, bare root, potted roses as an early season option for hybrid tea and crafted roses.

 

Cool Season Veggies (Spring)

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For those of us who didn’t quite get around to starting our garden seeds over the winter months, help is on the way. Our first shipment of cool season veggie starts have arrived and are ready for you to take home.  Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are currently in stock with more arrivals expected through the month.

Stop in to check out all of our greenhouse plants and let us know if there is something specific  you are looking for.  Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about spring planting.

Of course, it’s not too late to start seeds for spring and summer crops if you’re looking for more obscure varieties. We have hundreds of special seed varieties to choose from in our Garden Shop.

Seed Savers Exchange Seeds

Looking to support a great cause by simply purchasing your seeds?  Check out the extensive catalog from Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit (501(c)(3) status) organization dedicated to saving and sharing seeds.  The mission of SSE is to preserve the world’s diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, and educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity. Over 13,000 members share homegrown seeds with one another through their seed exchange program. Seed Savers have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, vowing never to knowingly purchase or sell GMO varieties. 

Fort Collins Nursery has have nearly 300 variety of Seed Savers Exchange seeds in our Garden Shop and we are happy to special order any Seed Savers seeds that we do not already have in stock (and save you the cost of shipping).  Here’s how:

  • Browse the Seed Savers online store.
  • Put together your list (Please specify you are ordering from the Seed Savers Exchange catalog)
  • Email that list toscott@fortcollinsnursery.com
  • We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

Seed Starting Supplies

Get an early start on your garden by planting seeds this winter.  Seeds are less expensive than starter plants and come in hundreds of varieties not typically available as starts.  Perhaps more importantly, growing from seed gives a sense of accomplishment and something to do over these long winter months!

Fort Collins Nursery has a huge selection of flower and vegetable seeds arriving throughout the month of January.  You’ll find all your favorite varieties from Renee’s GardenBotanical Interests, and Seed Savers Exchange in stock all winter long. We will also be adding many varieties from Territorial Seed Company later this month so be sure to check back.

We also have all the seed starting supplies you need to get your seeds ready for spring including seed trays, heating mats, mini greenhouses, grow lights and potting and planting mix.

Down To Earth™ Fertilizer

The Down To Earth™ fertilizer line is new to Fort Collins Nursery this February.  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 farm or garden the best product available, whether it’s a multi-purpose blend or a specialized soil amendment.

Citrus Plants

Citrus_NLTake a stroll through the Fort Collins Nursery greenhouse this time of year and you will be struck by the intoxicatingly sweet aroma of blooming citrus plants.  Citrus are popular because of their delicious edible fruit and fragrant flowers.  While native to more tropical environments, citrus do well in indoor containers and are surprisingly easy to care for.   Depending on the variety, citrus can grow 6-25’ tall and prefer full sunlight and moist, well-drained soil.   Stop by and check out our selection that includes lemons, limes, kumquats, oranges, calamondin, grapefruit, and tangerines.  Here are several varieties worth considering:

 

calomondin_nlCalomondin Orange

Features: Fantastic ornamental plant that is loaded with fragrant flowers, followed by a heavy fruit set.  Small, juicy sour oranges are thin skinned and have many seeds.  Great for preserves and jellies, flavoring beverages, and cooking.

Light:  Bright light, can be in full sun outside during summer.

Water:  Evenly moist, well-drained soil.

Temperature:  Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 30°F for short periods.

Repotting:  Repot every 1-2 years to replenish nutrients in the soil.

Ease of Care:  Easy.

 

keylime_nlKey Lime

Features:  Also known as Bartender’s Lime. A small, shrubby tree with many thorns.
Produces small, juicy, thin-skinned greenish-yellow limes. Compact trees are ideal for growing in containers. Sweet and tart at the same time, Key Limes are great for cooking, baking and beverages.

Light: Bright light, full sun outside in summer.

Watering: Evenly moist, well-drained soil.

Temperature: Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 35”F for short periods.

Fertilizer: Use fertilizer specific for citrus.

Repotting: Repot every 1-2 years to replenish nutrients in the soil.

Ease of Care: Easy.

 

Cocktail_NLCocktail Citrus

  • Features: Cocktail trees are a unique approach to growing citrus.  A Meyer Lemon and a Key Lime growing in the same container!  The lemon produces many thin skinned, sweet, juicy lemons.  The lime is small and juicy, with a sweet-tart flavor.  Cocktail Citrus are great for those short on space.
  • Light:  Bright light, can be in full sun outside during the summer.
  • Water:  Evenly moist, well drained soil.
  • Temperature:  Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 35°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer:  Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care:  Easy.

Seeds

seeds_nlGet a jump on your garden by starting seeds this winter.  Seeds are less expensive than starter plants and come in hundreds of varieties not typically available as starts.  Perhaps more importantly, growing from seed gives a sense of accomplishment and something to do throughout the long winter months!

Fort Collins Nursery has a huge selection of flower and vegetable seeds arriving throughout the month of January.  You’ll find all your favorite varieties from Renee’s Garden, Botanical Interests, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. and Seed Savers Exchange in stock all winter long.

Looking for something different to plant this year?  Check out hundreds of interesting varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. which specializes in rare and hard to find heirloom seeds from around the world.  Examples include Berkeley Tie-Dye Green Tomato, Scarlet Kale, Chinese Red Meat Radish, Blue Potatoes and Missouri Pipe Corn.

Looking to support a great cause by simply purchasing your seeds?  Check out the extensive catalog from Seed Savers Exchange, a non profit (501(c)(3) status) organization dedicated to saving and sharing seeds.  Seed Savers maintain a collection of more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and plant varieties.

We are happy to special order any Baker Creek or Seed Savers seeds that we do not already have in stock.

  • Browse the Baker Creek or Seed Savers online store.
  • Put together your list (Please specify which catalog you are ordering from)
  • Email that list to scott@fortcollinsnursery.com
  • We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

Holiday Ornaments & Gifts

ornaments_nlA fun part of the Holiday season is to recall the memories we’ve created through our collections of ornaments and decorations. 

At Fort Collins Nursery you’ll find hundreds of festive ornaments including a great selection of woodland creatures, angels, snowmen and Santas.  This year we are also carrying several fun transportation, North Pole, coastal and western themed pieces.  Each ornament is unique with styles ranging from classy to silly so there is something to fit every style of tree.

We also have a great selection of holiday decorations featuring snow globes, wall art, stockings, solar stakes, airplant holiday globes and flameless candles.  Create your own unique holiday display by filling a beautiful greenhouse box with blooming plants, tree boughs and miscellaneous trinkets.

Stop in and pick up a few items to add to your collection and create new memories!