Greg Peterson has been planting and growing fruit trees in Phoenix since 1975. He’s observed the lifespans of thousands of trees, and has come to understand what it takes to grow fruit in the desert. This fruit tree program is the result of all those years of Greg’s experience.
The program is simple. Take these three steps, listed below:
Step 1 – Learn. It all starts with education. Learn how to plant your trees, bushes and vines to maximize your chances of success. Starting in September each year, we hold on-going workshops, classes, and open houses to cover all the basics and answer your questions.
- Take a class – online, pre-recorded or in person.
- Do your own research and create a plan.
- Click HERE to schedule a time to meet virtually with Greg.
Step 2 – Place your order. Our mission is to make the best quality trees available for your purchase. We have to place our bulk order in April of each year for delivery the following January. Although we do our best to anticipate your needs, we do sometimes run out of popular items. Placing your order early is encouraged!
- November 4th is the Urban Farm Special Order Fruit Tree and Bundle order deadline. At that time the bundle pricing disappears.
- Use Greg’s personal recommendations! You will find Greg’s favorite trees noted in the shopping cart. These are the ones that he has grown and proven here in the desert.
- For those with more experience, there’s the Urban Farm Special Order Fruit Tree program. We’re able to give you access to the Dave Wilson Nursery’s entire wholesale catalog. But there’s a catch – you have to do your homework first, or you could end up with trees that won’t survive or will never bear fruit. As much as we love Rainier cherries, there are good reasons why you don’t see them growing in the desert. It’s critically important to know those reasons BEFORE you make your selections!
Step 3 – Pick up your goodies. Please note – we DO NOT ship trees, vines, bushes, compost or fertilizer. You need to physically come down and pick them up during our pop-up nursery times in January and March.
- January is the month when our deciduous fruit trees and some tropicals are available for pickup. Deciduous trees are dormant in the winter, and we receive them bare-root (not potted). Getting them in the ground immediately is critical to maintain the health of their roots so they will be ready to go when they break dormancy in the spring.
- Feb/March is when our citrus, most of our tropicals and moringas are available for pickup. These plants arrive potted. Planting them this time of year gives them the best chance to get established after the frost is gone, but before the desert heat sets in.