Fruit Trees and Plants

Doles Orchard takes orders in late winter for fruit trees and plants for you to pick up in the spring. We sell bare root plants directly from the large nurseries to you – no pots and no wasted soil keeps costs down so we can sell them to you for much less than your typical retail nursery.

Below we have listed the type of plants and varieties available along with prices. We do not take orders until February, but at that time you may send your order or any questions to  Earl Bunting at dolesorchard@gmail.com.

Please make note that we sell varieties of apples that you may not be familiar with. This is because we sell only apples that are resistant to certain diseases in order to reduce the amount of spraying home owners will need to do. Most folks do not realize how much energy and knowledge goes into caring for supermarket variety apples!

And don’t forget to attend the Home Fruit Growers Meeting the first Saturday in May. Learn how to plant, prune, and fertilize your plants in the most efficient and cost effective ways. Earl will take you on a tour around Doles Orchard and answer any questions you may have. You will be able to pick up your order at this time. Please be sure to inquire about the specific date and cost when you place your order! (Orders not required to attend event!)

Apples

These are dwarf trees that will top out at about 12′, they should be planted at least 12′ apart. All apples must be cross pollinated, so you will need at least two different varieties. These are not apples that most people know, they have been bred for disease resistance, they are very high quality apples. Apple trees are all $30 each.

Galarina

Gala type, ripens late September, early October.

Querina

Late season, firm with sweet/tart flavor.

Peaches

Peaches make a naturally dwarf tree, they can be kept to about 8′ tall by about 12-15′ wide. Peaches are not reliably hardy here, so if you live in a cold spot, don’t plant them. Plant about 15′ apart. Peaches are $30 each.

Harmony

Ripens late August, yellow fleshed peach, much better fruit quality than Reliance (Maine’s standard peach).

Belle of Georgia

Ripens September with white flesh, and as hardy as Reliance.

Plums

These are Italian plums or fresh prunes.They are unbelievably sweet and productive. The trees are about 10′ wide and tall and will produce 2-3 bushels of fruit every year. Plums are $30 each. Sorry, no plums this year.

Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are very hardy and reliable, the tree is a little larger than a peach tree. They are quite good fresh when fully ripe, but are at their best in a pie or jam. Cherries are $30 each.

Montmorency

The standard in tart cherries, great for pies and jam.

Raspberries

These are summer bearing plants. Plant about 30″ apart. Raspberries are $5.00 per cane.

Latham

Early ripening, nice sweet berry. All of the fruit should ripen before Spotted Wing Drosphila becomes an issue.

Strawberries

Nothing beats fresh strawberries. Plant about 12-18″apart in rows 3-4′ apart. Strawberries are 25/$10, 50/$16 or 100/$25

Honeoye

Our favorite strawberry! Vigorous, productive and very hardy plants. Early ripening, not the sweetest berry, but has outstanding strawberry flavor!

Blueberries

Blueberries require acid soil!!! If you have limed the ground where you want to plant them, get a soil test and apply twice as much sulfur as they tell you to before planting. Plant 4-6′ apart and plan on about 12 pints per mature bush. Note: due to poor plant success, these are sold in pots for happier plants. Blueberries are $10 each.

Sweetheart

Very sweet, large, early ripening fruit.

Toro

Huge berries with great flavor, ripens early August.

Bonus

Very large fruit, ripens late August, very sweet, outstanding flavor.