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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.


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.


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 us a sense of accomplishment and something to do over these long winter months!

Fort Collins Nursery has a huge selection of flower, herb, and vegetable seeds currently in stock.  You’ll find all your favorite varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Beauty Beyond Belief, Botanical InterestsRenee’s Garden, Seed Savers Exchange, and Territorial Seed Company 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.  who specialize in rare, hard to find 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 save you money by covering shipping costs for special order seeds that we do not already have in stock from any of the companies we carry. Here’s how:

  1. Browse the Baker CreekBeauty Beyond BeliefBotanical InterestsRenee’s Garden, or Seed Savers, or Territorial Seedonline store.
  2. Put together your list (Please specify which catalog  you are ordering from)
  3. Email that list to
  4. We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

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.

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 our flowering citrus plants.  Citrus are popular because of their delicious edible fruit and fragrant flowers.  Although 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 but can be kept smaller with periodic pruning, making them ideal for houseplants. They prefer full sunlight and moist, well-drained soil.   Stop by and check out our selection that includes lemons, limes, kumquats, oranges, and tangerines.  Here are several varieties worth considering:

Meyer Lemon

  • Features: Compact trees flower in late winter and produce many thin skinned, sweet, juicy lemons. This very popular lemon tree is ideal for growing in containers and is great for juices, fruit salads, desserts, preserves, and with fish.
  • 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 35°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer: Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting:  Repot every 1-2 years to replenish nutrients in the soil.

Key Lime

  • Features:  The Key Lime is a small, shrubby tree with many thorns. The tree produces small, juicy, thin-skinned greenish-yellow limes that are sweet and tart at the same time. These compact trees are ideal for growing in containers. Also known as Bartender’s Lime, 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 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.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care:  Easy.



Our greenhouse is filling the winter void by adding loads of new houseplants.  With our massive selection, we have houseplants to fit all your needs.  We have low-water succulents and high-humidity loving ferns.  We have carnivorous plants, indoor trees, and hanging plants. What kind of houseplant are you looking for? We have them all!

Size:  You’ll find tiny 2 inch succulents, 10 foot Fiddle Leaf Figs, and every shape and size in between. 

Light:  Do you have a dark space or room without windows?  Try one of many varieties of Philodendron that thrive in low light.  Do you have a big, bright, sun filled room?  A citrus tree will soak in the sun while providing you with intoxicating fragrance and delicious fruit.

Flowers:  For a more traditional look, go with an Orchid or a Peace Lily.  For something with a little whimsy, check out the Kangaroo Paw with long, lance-like leaves and flowers that resemble a kangaroo’s paw.

Color:  We have more than 50 shades of green, but if you’re looking for more pop try a Croton with bright yellow, orange, red and green leaves.   The dark green leaves of a Red Chinese Evergreen are flushed with bright red, making it a great accent piece for any home.

We are expecting fresh new shipment of houseplants in early February so be sure to check and see what comes in.

Gift Cards

Make giving easy this holiday season with Fort Collins Nursery Gift Cards. You’ll enjoy giving your special someone the opportunity to choose the perfect plants, gifts and décor for their home. Fort Collins Nursery Gift Cards can be purchased for any amount between $25 – $1,000. Our Gift Cards are also perfect gifts for birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, house warmings, memorials, and thank yous.

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