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8 Thursday, January 30, t997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Bare root season is now. All of our local nurseries have bare root stock. Visit all three to enjoy a full selection. Jordan/ Chelsa Nursery on Highway 372 near Highway 160 has number one bare root roses from an Arizona grower. The selection features the 1997 AARS winners: hybrid teas, Aristry and Timeless, and the captivating floribunda Scentimental, the first striped rose to win the coveted award. The rose has a delightful scent to compliment it's burgundy and white beauty. Also in stock is an appealing selection of other winning favorites. Fruitless Mulberry trees provide more bare root choices. And, there is food: asparagus, strawberries, Quinault and Sequoia, and Texas onions that taste like the Walla/Wallas, This is the place to purchase bare root artichokes. Many gardeners think they will only grow in moderate coastal climates. Not true. I have enjoyed great success with arti- choke plants, all purchased from Jordan/Chelsa. Six plants provide all we can eat, some to give away and a few to mature to voluptuous blue flowers. Art Bell, the king of talk radio, says his wife Ramona grows the biggest, best tasting arti- chokes he has ever eaten in her PV Valley garden. Pahrump Nursery located on Wilson just west of Linda has a garden building selection of bare root food plants. There are Everbearing and Sequoia strawberries and Mary Wash- ington asparagus. I was delighted to discover Victoria Cherry rhubarb and even horseradish, l'm going to give both a try. The nursery also has bare root roses. Jensen Nursery on Dyer Road, a few streets north of Wilson and just west of David, has limited their bare root stock to trees. Truly wonderful ornamental and fruit trees. One I've wanted since I first saw Betty Jensen's is the Chaparral Weeping Fruitless Mulberry. I bought one at first sight as the supply is limited. It' s a spreading umbrella shaped iiii I - II I Smoke 9 Signals Indian .- ITrading Post Authentic Indian Jewelry Iop n177-D :;i e: t' nw G/if: AH.eM.d :: aM?g (near 160 & Basin) tree that grows 15 to 19 feet high and can spread 12 to 15 feet. It creates great summer shade and the shapely limbs add interest to the winter garden. The Purple Robe Locust has showy purple/pink flowers. It is hardy and blooms earlier and longer than most other locust varieties. Pink Dawn Chitalpa is adaptable and thrives in our desert. The pink flowers are pleasing in all settings. Another pink flowering bare root tree is the Mimosa. It's flowers are puffballs unlike the fragile blooms of the Chitalpa. So many promised delights, and there are more. The regular Flowering Plum and the Purple Pony Dwarf Plum. Nonflowering offerings are the Cottonwood and Fruit- less Mulberry. There are also nut trees, almonds and walnuts. The fruit trees are apple, peach and plum. One of the advantages of bare root stock is price. It is less expensive than container plants. If planted correctly, the plant's roots have a better chance to adapt to the new environ- ment and become established before the hot, dry winds and long sun filled days arrive. Several people have assured me recently that it is too early to put in bare root plants. Not so. The UNR Cooperative Extension says our bare root season is from the end of Decem- ber through the middle of February. We are currently nearing the end of the season. I planted three bare root roses on Janu, 4th and four more on January 7th. All are thriving but on, grandiflora that didn't have a well developed root system. Don't repeat my mistake. Examine the roots of your plant. If they are one sided and sparse, as mine were, return the plant. The Cooperative Extension office on the corner ofCal vada Blvd. and Dandelion has a four page handout, Fact sheet 93- 83, that gives excellent detailed instructions for "planting bare root trees and shrubs in Nevada." One controversial topic addressed is pruning bare root stock at" planting, not recommended. I received a "bare root" planting guide this week that said to prune the stock severely, as much as one-third of the tree. Don't. The Extension fact sheet researched and compiled by four horticulture special- ists familiar with Nevada, advises: "Pruning bare root stock at planting is not recommended. The concept of 'balancing the top with the bottom of the plant' is an attempt to avoid excessive demand for water by the leaves in order to prevent stress and poor root growth. In fact, if properly planted, roots will have become established before peak demand for water occurs. If the planting has been delayed or warm, drying climatic conditions occur, then selectively thin out some of the minor limbs, but do not round over or head back the crown. Plant hormones that stimulate root growth are produced in the terminal bud of branches and removing all the terminal buds will inhibit root growth. Likewise, removing too much foliage can slow the growth of roots by reducing photosynthesis, the plant' s source of energy required to grow new roots." Other topics addressed in the fact sheet are planting site considerations and preparation, evaluating the stock, han- dling and storage, preparing the planting hole, fertilizers, irrigation, staking, bark protection and pest management. Another useful source of information is the detailed planting instructions, which include diagrams, attached to most bare root stock. One more benefit derived from planting bare root stock is exercise for our winter bound bodies. Let's get our shovels and start digging. 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