About Our Trees
Prairie Hardy Nursery grows carefully sourced cultivars and seedlings which are selected for their high quality and strong genetics. Good taste, hardiness and disease resistance is what we look for.
In the plant descriptions you will learn about hardiness of each cultivar, we do our best to accurately describe their recommended method of planting for succes. Don't be afraid to experiment!
Grown naturally without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides - we raise our trees in living soil that is rich in soil microbes, organic matter and nutrients. The trees we grow are young, only one to three years at most. They are smaller than the trees you will find at your local box store or garden centre with the benefits being that these trees are economical to buy, easy to handle, and very reliable to plant. Grafted trees average between 2-3 feet in size depending on the growing season, some are pruned back to accommodate for shipping.
Most of our trees are grown and sold as bare root, with the exception of some smaller seedlings in air pruned pots. In early spring these trees are dug up when they are still dormant and packaged in boxes ready to be shipped to you. Their roots are packed with damp moss to ensure they stay moist during shipping. We ship all across Canada except for the province of British Columbia due to regulations.
We believe bare root trees are the best choice in growing and transplanting. First, they are grown healthy with their roots free and not restricted or root bound as they would be in pots. They are grown in living soil forming symbiotic relationships with beneficial bacteria and fungi compared to potted trees that are typically grown in sterile environments subject to irrigation and fertilizers. Lastly, due to the young nature of our trees there is a less likely chance of transplant shock, which more mature trees are prone to.