A fruit tree is a tree which bears fruit that can be consumed or used by animals and humans. Brady Nursery carries many fruit cultivars, or varieties. When choosing the best fruit trees to grow in your garden, prioritize the fruits you most enjoy eating. Also check the hardiness zone to determine how suitable a specific fruit tree is for your area. Brady Nursery has fruit tree varieties that are known to grow successfully in Kansas. Our variety selections change from year to year, but we commonly have apple, apricot, cherry, peach, and pear in stock.
Pollination requirements vary among fruit trees. Some are self-fertile, or self-pollinated, and do not need another tree. However, many varieties must be pollinated with another variety. Pollen from another fruit tree variety will even increase fruit set on for self-fertile trees.So it’s important to know whether cross-pollination will be necessary, as well as what soil type your fruit tree needs. Most fruits are available in a multitude of sizes which allows gardeners to make an impact in any garden design. They range from dwarf trees which can grow in pots, to large trees that need much more space. The fruit trees that Brady Nursery carries are semi-dwarf which can grow ten to fifteen feet tall and eight to fifteen feet wide. However, our Dwarf North Star Cherry is the only genetic dwarf tree growing eight feet tall and six feet wide.
Brady Nursery also carries a small variety of nut trees, mainly pecan and walnut. Tree nuts provide a great source of protein, as well as fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. Not only do nut trees provide edible nuts, but these trees are also beautiful and provide ample shade. Nut trees are planted like any other fruit tree would be, but most nut trees have a very long tap root. Take care not to cut it off or crowd it in the planting hole. Most nut trees are self-pollinating, so a single tree will provide nuts even if there isn’t another in the area. However, for a successful and bountiful harvest, it’s recommended to plant two or more trees.
Note: Nut trees are in limited supply in our industry. Please contact Brady Nursery at 316-722-7516 to inquire about this year’s selection.
Berry Bushes & Grapes
There are many advantages to incorporating berry bushes & grapes into the garden. Typically, berry bushes provide a harvest faster than from a fruit tree. Some berry plant varieties can bear fruit the first year after planting. Others take two or three years before they can be harvested. After the initial investment of buying the plants, berry bushes can save you money at the grocery store for years.
There are several factors to consider when choosing the perfect spot for berry bushes & grapes. Berry bushes & grapes thrive in sunlight, but they can handle a small bit of shade too. It’s important to distance them from large trees to ensure they receive enough sunlight and moisture. Many bushes thrive in acidic soil, and dirt that isn't acidic enough will stunt growth. Gardeners can mix in a small amount of granulated sulfur to help provide the appropriate acidity. Once established, berry bushes don’t need daily waterings and they return every year. If planting more than one bush, put them together in a patch to increase berry production and quality.