Seasonal Product

Tomatoes

Fort Collins Nursery has over 40 tomato varieties that were diligently grown for you by our talented production team right here at Fort Collins Nursery.  Each plant was started with high-quality, organic seeds and re-potted into a 1 gallon container.  By the time our tomato plants are ready to sell, they are more mature than most store bought starts, so they’ll require less time between planting and producing tomatoes.  While the value is great, your favorite thing about our tomatoes will be how good they taste!  Look for the Fort Collins Nursery labeled containers to spot one of our own!

Here are some unique and delicious varieties to try:

Striped German

A new addition to Fort Collins Nursery this year is the Striped German tomato. The Striped German is a high yielding plant that produces large 12-16 oz. fruit.  The fruits have a smooth texture with yellow and red marbling that looks beautiful sliced.  Indeterminate. 78 days to maturity.

 

 

 

 

Polbig

Polbig is another variety we are growing at Fort Collins Nursery for the first time this year.  It is a high producing plant that yields a deep-red, 6-8 oz. fruit which uniformly matures on the vine.  This meaty, very good tasting tomato is perfect for salads, slicing, and sandwiches.  Polbig tomatoes tolerate cooler temperatures and have high resistance to fusarium wilt, tobacco mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt. Determinate. 60 days to maturity.

 

 

 

Pruden’s Purple

Early Brandywine type.

Large to very large (many over 1 lb.) fruits are flattened and smooth (except for shoulder ribbing on some), and resist cracking. Vivid dark pink skin with crimson flesh. Medium tall, potato-leaf plants. Indeterminate. 67 Days to Maturity.

 

 

 

 

Tomato ‘Fiaschetto di Manduria’

Fiaschetto is a regional treasure of Puglia in Southeast Italy. These small 2-3 oz plum shaped tomatoes hang like grapes from the bushy plants in prolific quantities.  In Puglia it is preferred even over the more famous San Marzano for its freshness and fruitiness. The perfect size for halving and dehydrating for enjoying in the winter months on your pastas and pizzas. Extremely early harvest for a paste type and conveniently concentrated for processing purposes. Determinate. 65-70 Days to Maturity.

Hanging Baskets

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Be sure to stop in and check out our beautiful selection of hanging annual baskets and patio pots. These colorful decorative pieces turn any patio into a relaxing oasis and help to utilize all available growing space. Hanging baskets come loaded with several varieties of annuals including mandevilla, verbena petunias, and geraniums. We also have great options for shady areas like begonias, impatiens, and lobelia.  Hanging annual baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts, so stop in soon and pick one up for Mom!

Shrub Roses

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Looking for a hardy shrub for your landscape that needs little to no maintenance? Our beautiful shrub roses make great additions to your garden. Shrub roses take the best traits from the hardiest rose species and combine them with modern repeat blooming and diverse flower forms, colors, and fragrances. There are many varieties, varying in height and width of spread. Shrub roses bloom all season and May is the perfect time to plant.

Here are some great varieties to check out next time you visit us:

 

Champagne Wishes

Traits: Champagne Wishes features clusters of soft apricot-colored buds that open fully to blooms of antique white with just a hint of apricot before fading to a clear white. This shrub rose combines beautifully with perennials in a mixed border or planted as a refined low hedge. It has disease-resistant, medium green foliage.

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: White
  • Zones: 4-7

 

Sunrise Sunset

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Traits: A stunning blend, with bright fuchsia pink petals, blending to apricot near the centers. Blue-green foliage is disease resistant on this ever blooming shrub rose. It’s dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover.

  • Height: 2-3 ft.
  • Width: 4 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Pink/Red
  • Zones: 3/Hardy

 

Morden Sunrise

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Traits: A Parkland series rose with creamy orange-yellow buds that open to slightly wavy petals accented by orange stamens.  The color matures from dark orange over a yellow base to light orange, then finishing creamy white-yellow.  Very hardy with good disease resistance.

  • Height: 2-3 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Apricot
  • Zones: 3

 

Winnipeg Parks

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Traits: One of the toughest Parkland Series roses available. Flowers are produced in clusters on a low-growing, compact plant. Attractive foliage has a reddish color to the new growth. Beautiful and large cherry red-pink blossoms turn to large red hips that add a bright statement to the garden in the fall.

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 3-4 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Hot Pinkish-Cherry Red
  • Zones: 3

Annuals

Annual flowers are loved by many gardeners because they are inexpensive, versatile and easy to care for.  Mixing annuals in your perennial beds is a great way to provide color in your garden all summer long.  While perennials typically flower for only a portion of the growing season, annuals make the most of their one and only year by flowering throughout the summer.  They also look great in perennial bed borders, patio pots and hanging baskets.  We have all your favorite annual varieties in stock with more arriving throughout the spring. 

 

Varieties include:

  • Petunia
  • Pansy
  • Snapdragon
  • Salvia
  • Geranium
  • Stock
  • Dianthus
  • Phlox
  • Alyssum
  • Marigold
  • Celosia
  • Vinca
  • Lobelia
  • Sunpatiens
  • Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Gerber Daisy
  • and many more!

Veggie Starts

We have many veggie starts in stock and ready for your garden.  Now is a good time to plant your cold season crops like lettuce, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, and kale.  Plant them in a nice shady spot so they’ll have protection from the hot sun in the summer months.  Find a growing assortment of warm season starts like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and artichokes in our greenhouse.  Remember the average last frost date in Northern Colorado is May 15th and it can be much later in Southern Wyoming so keep your warm season veggies protected by keeping them indoors or using season extenders like Wall O’ Water.  Check back throughout the month of May for new veggie arrivals including the bulk of our warm season varieties!

Hibiscus & Mandevilla

Create a tropical atmosphere for your patio this summer with beautiful and exotic Hibiscus and Mandevilla plants from Fort Collins Nursery. 

  • Hibiscus and mandevilla are both relatively easy to grow and are prolific producers of colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long blooming season.
  • In our colder climate, these tropical plants need to be grown in containers, allowing them to be easily moved from outside to inside as the seasons change.
  • Both plants require sun and do best outdoors in the summer or near a south facing window while inside during the colder months.
  • When watering, the soil should be kept evenly moist. Be careful not to let it dry out.
  • Both plants should be potted in containers that aren’t too much deeper than the root system to ensure consistent production of flowers. Deep pots are not bad for the plants, but they will invest more energy building root systems than flowering.

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

Available on either standard or semi-dwarf root stock, this 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: 
Standard 15-20 ft.
Semi-dwarf 12-16 ft

Width:
Standard 15-20 ft.
Semi-dwarf 12-16 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 have a great selection of Potatoes, Onions & Garlic.  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 you’re ready 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 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.

Onions

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. You’ll cry tears of joy after tasting one of these savory varieties:

  • Red Candy Apple Onion: This onion features a large, flattened red globe and is the type of red onion you’ll find in an Italian restaurant or salad bar. There is limited storage capacity with this one.
  • Copra Onion: This is a very sweet storage onion that can be stored for up to a year. It produces a beautiful, hard 3” onion that cooks love.
  • Yellow Rock Onion: This is a medium to large yellow onion with bronze skin and mild, sweet flavor. This can be used for fast-growing scallions.

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:

  • Silver Rose Garlic: Produces rose-colored cloves in very smooth bright-white bulbs. Frequently planted in the spring, this is a fast growing garlic that produces 12-15 cloves per bulb.
  • Early Italian Purple Garlic: This bulb is large & white-skinned with purple stripes and numerous small cloves. Early Italian Purple Garlic adapts to summer heat better than the Italian Late variety.

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.