Hidden Springs Nursery


Hidden Springs Nursery will be transitioning over the next few seasons to just selling a few of our most popular items in the future. This means that once we sell out of some things we will be refunding and no longer taking backorders. We apologize if this causes any confusion with your orders. There may be limited quantities of items we used to sell, please inquire by email before ordering. We still have Azarole. Big Red mayhaw, a few apple trees, a few "Supermol" medlar, some Noire of Spain mulberry, a few fig plants, and Chester Thornless blackberry.

What To Expect

We sell bareroot trees which means that they are grown for one to two years and shipped when dormant. You will receive a small, healthy plant that will adapt well to transplanting. We will include planting instructions with your order. In general, all fruit trees require well drained, fertile soil with good sun exposure. We have cold storage, so plants are dormant when shipped. It is critical to mulch and to water weekly when rainfall is less than an inch in the first growing season. Afterwards, as the tree grows and matures, there is mulching, fertilizing, and some pruning.

Start-Up Recommendations

Order only as many plants as you can realistically monitor and water during the growing season. Include several "surefire success" choices, marked with an (S). Suggested reading includes Landscaping With Fruit, and Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden by Lee Reich, all of which we sell.

We also recommed The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping by R. Creasy, The Backyard Orchardist by S. Otto and Rodale's Fruits and Berries by Susan McClure and Lee Reich

When To Plant

Fall planting (recommended for USDA zones 6-9) allows your trees to become established over the winter. Roots will grow as long as the ground is not frozen. You can also plant in spring but plants will require more watering over the summer. Zone 5 and colder should plant in spring but order as soon as you know what you want for best selection, and indicate spring ship date. We have cold storage, so plants are dormant. Your local extension agent or another gardener can be helpful in determining the best time to plant for your area. For help in determining your zone or planting time, ask us on your order form. If you include an email address you will receive a message from USPS with a tracking number when your order is shipped.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (opens in new window)

North American Fruit Explorers

NAFEX membership is open to amateur and professional fruit growers and includes a quarterly magazine that is online and member written. There is also an annual nationwide gathering. NAFEX members are a great source of information and inspiration. For more information on becoming a member visit www.nafex.org.