4-H plant sale under way

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rowan County 4-H is now taking orders for its annual Spring Plant Sale. Varieties available include: strawberries ó Atlas; blueberries ó Brightwell, Premier and Tifblue; blackberries ó Ouachita and Triple Crown; and muscadines ó Cowart and Triumph. The cost for blueberries, blackberries and muscadines is $9 per one-gallon container or $8 apiece if five or more of the same variety are ordered.
Atlas strawberries are large berries. They ripen early to mid-season and are high-yielding. The cost for strawberry plants is: 25 for $10, 50 for $15 and 100 for $20. Supplies are limited.
Brightwell blueberries ripen mid-season over a long period. It is a very productive plant with large fruit and excellent quality. Growth is vigorous and upright. The Premier is an early to mid-season ripening plant that produces large, light-blue fruit. These plants are upright and produce good foliage. Tifblue plants ripen mid-season and bear a medium-to-large, light-blue berry. Growth is vigorous and upright. It is recommended to plant at least two varieties to ensure cross-pollination.
Blackberry plants are thornless. The Ouachita bears sweet fruit that is firm and attractive. The berries are large in size, with good flavor. Fruit ripens mid-season with consistently high yields. Triple Crown blackberry plants have large, sweet fruit and ripen later than most varieties with very good yields.
Cowart muscadines bear large, black fruit in large clusters which ripen early to mid-season. The plant produces high-quality fruit with good flavor. Triumph muscadines are large, thin-skinned and greenish-bronze in color. The vines are very winter-hardy and productive. The fruit has high sugar content and is good for eating and making wine. Triumph ripens early to mid-season.
Proceeds support the Rowan County 4-H program,
Call the Extension Office at 704-216-8970 to place an order. Orders must be received by March 4.