I’ve decided that, while I will do some grafting as well, I will probably start off by ordering a couple trees. Most likely from one of the online/mail order nurseries. No local nurseries here seem to have decent stock of anything outside the most common varieties most of the time. If they do, they’re rootbound container trees, not bare-root.
I’ve heard good things about Adams County, and being relatively close, they would be in a similar, albeit slightly cooler, climate to me – but they have almost nothing in stock now – when do they start updating their inventory for fall shipping? Or are they really that low on everything?
Raintree I’ve heard mixed things about, but the “jist” being that they’re good for a “big” nursery, better than the comparable Stark Bros.
There’s also that Amish nursery whose name escapes me (I can look in my other thread about grafting rootstocks).
Grandpa’s has a message that almost sounds like they’re not sure they’ll be in business…(says check back in December for spring shipping).
Even if I end up planting in spring (since there’s less going on at that time, except planting onions and peas), I’d still like to know when everyone updates their inventory.