We offer a selection of tree and perennial seeds year round.
If you want to start tree or perennial seeds during the summer look for varieties that will germinate without any stratification - these are the ones that you can plant without any cold conditioning and they'll start to grow right away. Fall is the best time to plant most tree seeds when you can let them naturally stratify over the winter for the best germination in the spring. This fall we'll be out collecting more local tree seeds and will update our inventory with they're available. A new menu of bare root trees will be available for 2024 - and we're growing all kinds of cool stuff for next year.
A Small Nursery Startup on the Canadian Prairies
Oak Summit Nursery was founded in 2020 after years of interest in permaculture, grafting fruit trees and gardening. Gardening in our climate is tough, we only get a few months in the summer for vegetables and then you start over, but a fruit tree continues to grow and improve every year. After finally starting an orchard, which began to grow into a food forest, I soon made a goal to collect one of everything that can possibly grow here. Located in southern Manitoba, Canada in USDA zone 3 our nursery is nestled into an Aspen and Bur Oak forest on our 50 acre property. Growing trees takes some time and patience. What started in a few raised beds is about half an acre this year of beds full with tree seedlings and rooted cuttings. In our greenhouse we propagate many woody plant using softwood mist propagation, and in our beds we grow trees from locally collected seeds, hardwood cuttings, and by stooling/layering. This year our main feature is finally our grafted apple trees, which are a few years in the making. Our first collection of cultivar apples are some of the best cold hardy varieties, and maybe you haven't heard of them because you won't find them on the grocery store shelves. We have limited stock for this winter, sometimes just a few trees for one variety - so we're taking orders over the winter and we'll ship your trees any time from mid april to early may, right after the ground has thawed and the trees are still dormant, the perfect time for planting.
Apples Grafted Onto Saskatoon
A group of apple grafts done in spring of 2022 onto wild Saskatoon tree near the nursery. This year we've been experimenting with both Apple and Pear graft compatibility with excellent results. The real test will be how well they surive for the first few winters and to see how they well produce fruit. Our native Saskatoon has been used in field studies as a dwarfing rootstock for pear and apple.
We grow our own seedling apple root stocks from locally collected apple seeds. Our largest Malus baccata (Siberian Crab Apple) trees are 20 years old and large healthy trees - proven fully cold hardy to our cold winters. Every year we collect the seeds and start a new crop of apple root stocks. After a year or two they're large enough to graft on the named cultivar of apple, and we then we grow the grafted trees for one final year in the nursery.
One of the walking paths through the forest around our nursery. Mostly frequented by deer and our pet horses and donkey, this one is wide enough we can mow it through the summer. Many of the seeds we offer are collected along paths like this at the right time of year.