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PLANTS FOR SALE

 

PITSPONE FARM 

Small Fruit and Berry Plants

 

Pitspone Farm

Kendall Park, NJ

609 577 3182

pitsponefarm@gmail.com

 

 

What is Pitspone Farm? It is a dynamic attempt to redefine small-scale farming in a suburban setting and serve as a model for other farmers interested in earning income from their small acreage. At Pitspone Farm I specialize in small fruits and berries grown intensively to maximize all available space for growing plants.

 

Buying berries from Pitspone Farm. I am continually harvesting - from the first haskaps in the beginning of June, to fall raspberries that end with the first frost.  Each harvest usually sells out quickly, so please contact me if you are interested in obtaining a particular berry.

 

Buying plants from Pitspone Farm. All the plants I grow and sell (with the exception of figs) are suited to the climate of central NJ. I focus on cultivars with good vigor, disease resistance and great tasting fruit.

 

If you come to the farm to buy plants, you will also be able to see full-grown examples of each plant to help you understand their eventual size and growing characteristics. Because all plants are sold in containers, they can be planted year-round with minimal disturbance. During the late fall and early spring I sell cuttings and also ship bare root plants.

 

Visiting Pitspone Farm: I welcome visitors, though visits are by appointment only. Please call or email before you would like to visit.

 

Landscapers:

 

I have a selection of oversized plants for most of the cultivars I carry. Please contact me for availability and pricing.



Aronia

 

Aronia is disease resistant and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. It does well in partial shade or full sun. The plant offers something for every season - pretty white flowers in the spring, lush green foliage during the growing season, plentiful black berries in the summer and red foliage in the fall. Berries are harvested in late summer. The berries have very high levels of anthocyanims, flavonoids and antioxidants. Plants are winter hardy in NJ and self-fruitful.

 

Uses: Makes an excellent juice, jelly and wine. Aronia berries can be eaten fresh off the bush when fully ripe though they are not really a dessert berry. Their primary use is in juicing or baking. The juice can be used alone or in blends, to make  jams, jellies, syrup, wine and sauces.

 

Varieties: 

Galicjanka

New variety from Poland noted for more uniform ripening of berries. Otherwise, very similar to Viking.

Viking

Improved European variety growing 6-8 feet tall. Prolific production of berries.

Availability

unrooted cuttings  (fall through early spring only)

1-10 cuttings - $1.50/ea

10+ cuttings - $1/ea

1 gallon containers - $15

3 gallon containers - $25         

oversized plants - email for price and availability

Blackberry

Blackberries grow best in full sun in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. To minimize disease, avoid planting blackberries where there have previously been tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes. Also, distance them as much as possible from any wild blackberries or raspberries.

Varieties:

Arapaho

Earliest ripening thornless blackberry. Canes are very erect and generally do not need support. Medium size berries with small seeds and very good flavor. Berries store well. Plants sucker freely.

Ouachita

Disease resistant variety with medium size berries on erect and thornless canes.

Availability

1 gallon containers - $15

3 gallon containers - $25

Cherry, Bush

Developed by the University of Saskatchewan, dwarf bush cherries are a great option for growers with limited room. Plants grow to about 8 feet tall and offer multiple season interest -  pretty white flowers, lush green foliage and dark red fruit.

Varieties:

Carmine Jewel

Very productive sour cherry type fruit (Production can reach 20-30 lbs in its fifth year.) great for pies, sauces and fresh eating. Trees are self-fruitful.

Availability

3-5 gallon containers - $40 (trees are 3-4 feet tall)

Currant, Red

Currants do best in moist, well-drained soil. Full sun is best, but they will also thrive in partial shade. Plants are winter hardy in NJ, and self-fruitful.

Uses: Can be eaten fresh, but usually used to make jellies, sauces and wine.

Varieties:

Red Lake

Mid-season fruiting of medium size berries with excellent flavor. Upright growth and and good disease resistance.

Rovada

Late-season fruiting of medium/large berries with excellent flavor. Upright growth and good disease resistance.

Availability

unrooted cuttings - (fall through early spring only)

1-10 cuttings - $2/ea

10+ cuttings - $1.50/ea

1 gallon containers - $15

3 gallon containers - $25  

oversized plants - email for price and availability

Elderberry

Elderberries grow best in moist, fertile and well-drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. The plants are generally free of pests and disease, though birds will happily eat ripe fruit. Plants should be spaced 6-10 feet apart, depending on cultivar and desired method of growing. They are winter hardy in NJ. Both York and Adams will sucker and spread from year to year. The European (nigra) cultivars form one or more distinct trunks and do not sucker. American cultivars (canadensis) can tolerate partial shade, while the European varieties (nigra) need full sun. All cultivars are partially self-fruitful. Better fruit set and somewhat larger berries will result from planting two different varieties.

Uses: The berries make excellent jelly, juice and wine. The raw fruit has low levels of toxic alkaloids and should not be eaten. Cooking destroys the alkaloids and improves the flavor of the berries.

Varieties:

Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry)

Adams

Eight-ten foot shrub with large berries that ripen in late summer. Best production achieved with York for cross pollination. Winter hardy.

York

Eight-ten foot shrub with large berries that ripen in late summer. Best production achieved with Adams for cross pollination. Winter hardy.

Wyldewood

Cultivar introduced by the University of Missouri. Very productive but berries are about half the size of York and Adams.

Bob Gordon

Cultivar introduced by the University of Missouri. Very productive, but berries are about half the size of York and Adams. Flower clusters are very large and have moderate amount of fragrance.

Sambucus nigra (European elderberry)

Samdal

New high-yielding Danish variety.

Sampo

New high-yielding Danish variety

Samyl

New high-yielding Danish variety

Availability

unrooted cuttings  (fall through early spring only)

1-10 cuttings - $2/ea

10+ cuttings - $1.50/ea

1 gallon containers - $15

3 gallon containers - $25  

oversized plants - email for price and availability

Fig

It doesn’t get much better than picking your own figs at the peak of ripeness. In central NJ fig trees need some protection from freezing winter temperatures. One option is to plant the tree in the ground and then cover it after it goes dormant in the late fall. Another option is to keep the fig in a large pot and when the tree goes dormant, place it in an unheated garage. Water periodically so the soil has some moisture, and take it back outside in the sun in the spring.

Varieties:

Brown Turkey

Reliable producer of sweet, medium-size fruit on current year’s growth. Needs winter protection in central NJ.

Availability:

3-5 gallon containers - $25

Goji

Gojis prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade. They are adapted to most types of soil as long as there is good drainage. pH needs to be in the range of around 7-8. Gojis will grow and fruit successfully in containers. They are self-fruitful and hardy in NJ.

Varieties:

Big Lifeberry

Cultivar selected for extra large berries.

Availability:

1 gallon containers - $15

Gooseberry

Gooseberries have similar growing requirements to currants. They are very diverse in their characteristics. They differ in size, color, shape and texture. They are winter hardy in NJ, and self fruitful.

Uses: Gooseberries make excellent jam and fillings for tarts. They can also be used in cooking. When fully ripe they can be eaten fresh.

Varieties:

Black Velvet

Produces small-medium dark red (almost black) fruit with very good flavor. The upright growing plants are very productive, disease resistant and vigorous and can attain a height of more than six feet.

Captivator

Vigorous upright plants producing medium size red fruit. Plants have less spines than most other cultivars.

Hinnomaki Red

Heavy production of medium size red fruit with excellent flavor – tangy outer skin with sweet flesh. Good disease resistance. Growth is more spreading than upright. Up to about four feet tall and wide.

Houghton

Heavy producer of small reddish berries with excellent flavor. Plant is very vigorous and canes can be quite large.

Invicta

Heavy production of large green berries with excellent flavor. Good disease resistance.

Tixia

Good production of large red fruit with excellent flavor. Good disease resistance. Young shoots are almost thornless. Older branches have some thorns but not as many as some cultivars.

Availability

unrooted cuttings (fall through early spring only)

1-10 cuttings - $1.50/ea

10+ cuttings - $1/ea

1 gallon containers - $15

3 gallon containers - $25  

Haskap

This is the first time that haskaps suitable for our climate are available commercially. These haskaps are derived from Japanese varieties that do better in (relatively) warmer areas in contrast to haskaps derived from Russian plants. The plants are adapted to a wide range of soils and pH in zones 3-7. The eventual height is 5-6 feet.

Maxie

Productive and disease resistant cultivar with tapered, olive sized fruit

Solo

Productive and disease resistant cultivar with plump fruit.

Availability:

1 gallon containers -  $15

Jostaberry

Jostaberries are a hybrid of black currant and gooseberry. Because black currants are not permitted to be grown in NJ, this is the closest you can get to the taste of a black currant. Jostaberries are very vigorous growers, so space them at least 8 feet apart. Production is moderate compared to red currants and gooseberries.

Varieties:

Josta

Thornless and very vigorous plants produce medium size dark purple fruit. Disease and pest resistant.

Jostaki

Thornless and somewhat less vigorous than Josta or Jostine. Seems to be more productive.

Jostine

Thornless and very vigorous plants produce medium size dark purple fruit. Disease and pest resistant

Orus 8

Heavy production of small/medium black berries with excellent flavor. Plant is very vigorous and thorny.

Availability

unrooted cuttings  (fall through early spring only)

1-10 cuttings - $2/ea

10+ cuttings - $1.50/ea

1 gallon containers - $15

3 gallon containers - $25  

oversized plants - email for price and availability

Raspberry

I am offered a selection of summer-bearing and fall-bearing cultivars. Each type requires a different pruning method. All offer excellent quality fruit.

Varieties:

Ann

Productive fall-bearing variety. The pale yellow berries are large and have excellent flavor.

Caroline

Productive fall-bearing variety. Berries have excellent flavor.

Prelude

The earliest ripening summer-bearing variety. It also produces a fall crop of berries with excellent flavor.

Availability

1 gallon containers - $15

Strawberry

I carry several varieties of day-neutral strawberries, sometimes referred to as everbearing strawberries. These strawberries will consistently produce fruit from late spring through late fall.

Varieties:

Evie 2

Well-suited to the northeast, this disease resistant variety produces prolific amounts of fruit with excellent flavor.

Seascape

Well-suited to the northeast, this disease resistant variety produces large fruit with excellent flavor.

Availability

quart containers

1-10 plants - $3/ea

11+ plants - $2.50/ea