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.

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.

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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Get your holiday greenery at Fort Collins Nursery

HOH_WinAWreath_webWhether it’s fragrant garland, a Colorado Christmas tree, or a hand-decorated wreath for your door or that of a friend, Fort Collins Nursery has what you need for holiday decorating. We pride ourselves in carrying the freshest holiday greenery including…

  • Wreaths
  • Garlands
  • Sprays
  • Centerpieces
  • Boughs
  • Cut & live Christmas trees

Customize your wreath by visiting us in person, or order one of our beautiful wreaths from our online store. 

Due to rising costs of  shipping and supplies we are no longer able to ship wreath orders.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP OUR ONLINE STORE 

Houseplants

Fall is near and it’s time to restock our greenhouse with more beautiful plants. We’re expecting a large shipment of houseplants sometime between September 11-13* and we couldn’t be more excited about this order! You’ll find many of your favorites plus some new and unusual varieties we’ll be carrying for the very first time. Our shipments are subject to changes so at this point we won’t name any names… You’ll just have to call or stop in next week to see what’s in stock!

*Please note our houseplant truck from Florida has been delayed due to Hurricane Irma.  We hope to receive the truck later this week on September 14 or 15.  Please call for updated information.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are fun vegetables to grow and are great for pickling, salads, or enjoyed right off the vine.  Cucumber plants like warm weather and need a lot of sunlight.  When planting cucumbers, choose a site that has adequate drainage and fertile soil with organic matter such as compost. Keep the soil evenly moist and avoid powdery mildew by watering in the mornings and watering at the soil level to avoid getting the leaves wet. Most cucumbers are vine crops and can take up a lot of space. Training cucumbers on a fence or trellis will reduce the amount of space needed and is a great method for keeping a tidier appearance in large gardens or for preserving space if container growing.  Also try a more compact or bush variety cucumber for container gardening.

Select started plants if you just need a few plants, or plant from seed for a larger harvest. Cucumbers germinate quickly in warm soil, and can be successfully grown from seed directly sown in the garden as late as mid-June.

We currently have a great selection of cucumbers in stock including the following varieties:

Marketmore Cucumber

  • Fruit size: 6-12 in.
  • Spacing: 15-18 in.
  • Matures: 68 days
  • Features: High yields of large, juicy cucumbers with excellent flavor. Resistant to most cucumber diseases. Great when eaten raw, in salads and pickled.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
  • Sun: Plant in full sun.

 

Salt & Pepper Cucumber

  • Fruit size: 10-12 in.
  • Spacing: 18-24 in.
  • Matures: 49 days
  • Features: Small pickling cucumber with white skin and black spines. Great tasting cucumber that has a mild delicate flavor. Powdery mildew resistant.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
  • Sun: Plant in full sun.

 

Lemon Cucumber

  • Fruit size: 4-6 in.
  • Spacing: 3-5 ft.
  • Features: Matures in 60 days. Sweet tasting with a fine crunchy texture. Color and size of a lemon. Good for pickling.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well-drained soil and heavy watering during fruiting.
  • Sun: Plant in full sun.

Throgmorton: Peonies

Originally posted on May 19, 2011

Herbaceous peonies that die to the ground every fall are one of the easiest, long lived perennials to grow. Peonies add texture and spring flowers to gardens from the plains to high country.

Peonies are grown from root divisions or tubers. Fall is the best time to divide the plants. Dig around the plant and down at least a foot. Lift the plant and wash the soil off the roots. Cut the root into sections with three or more eyes or growing points. Replant the root divisions so the eyes are an inch below the soil surface. Planting too deeply causes very small, weak flowers or no flowers at all.

Peonies prefer full sun to partial shade. They’ll grow in almost any soil. Because they are long lived, prepare the soil deeply with compost. Depending on variety, peonies grow from a foot to three feet tall and wide. Once established, peonies are cold and drought tolerant. They’ll do well at elevations above 8,500 feet. The higher the elevation the later peonies bloom.

As soon as peonies start to grow in the spring they need support. Horizontal wire cages that can move up as the plant grows are best. Support is especially important for double flowering varieties. The blooms are so heavy they fall to the ground without support. Some folks disbud peonies for larger, longer blooms. Flowers usually come out in threes. Removing the two side budsmakes the flowering period longer.

Peony flowers bloom in hues of white, pink, red and speckles of these colors. There is even a yellow flower variety. Some varieties to look for are Felix Crousse a rose red; Karl Rosenfield a double pink; or Bowl of Beauty a fragrant light pink. New hybrids are available every year. Use a peony with cut leaves to border a bed. Use larger varieties as accent or focal plants.

Japanese or anemone peonies have large, showy, single flowers. The Japanese types come in a spectrum of beautiful pastel colors.  They’re as hardy and durable as other herbaceous peonies. Fern-Leaf peonies add delicate texture to the cutting garden.

Peonies are fragrant. They’re a must in the cut flower garden. Peonies can be borders or accents throughout the garden. They’re easy to grow and pretty much care free.  Peonies have eye catching blooms in May and early June.

Tom Throgmorton, of Throgmorton Plant Management, can be heard on KRFC, 88.9 FM, every Saturday morning at 8:00 am.