Rowan County 4-H fall plant sale
Rowan County 4-H is now taking orders for its annual fall plant sale. Varieties available include: Allstar strawberries; Premier and Tifblue blueberries; Arapaho and Ouachita blackberries; and Cowart and Doreen muscadines. The cost for blueberries, blackberries and muscadines is $8 each or $7 if five or more of the same variety are ordered.
Allstar strawberries are large, sweet, mild berries. They are firm and have that perfect strawberry shape. Allstar strawberries are excellent for freezing, eating or making preserves. The plant is highly resistant to disease. The cost for strawberry plants is 25 for $10, 50 for $15 and 100 for $20. Supplies are limited.
The Premier blueberries are an early to mid-season-ripening plants that produce large, light-blue fruit. These plants are upright and produce good foliage. Tifblue blueberries ripen mid-season and bear a medium-to-large light-blue berry. Growth is vigorous and upright. The cost for the 1 gallon blueberry plant is $8 or $7 per plant if five or more are ordered. It is also recommended to plant at least two varieties to ensure cross-pollination.
Blackberry plants are thornless and in 1-gallon containers. The Arapaho is an erect-growing variety with an early and long harvest season. The Ouachita bears sweet fruit that is firm and attractive. The cost for blackberry plants is $8 each or $7 each if five or more are ordered. It is also recommended to plant at least two varieties to ensure cross-pollination.
Cowart muscadines bear large, black fruit in large clusters, which ripens early-to-mid season. The plant produces high-quality fruit with good flavor. The Doreen muscadine produces a bronze fruit that is medium to large in size, with medium-size clusters. This variety ripens late season and is very resistant to disease. The cost for 1-gallon muscadine plants is $8 each or $7 apiece if five or more are ordered.
Proceeds help support the Rowan County 4-H program. Call the Rowan County Extension Office at 704-216-8970 to place an order. Orders must be received by Oct. 31.