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Arboretum plant sale will be online again

Just one sale this fall, and members get first pick

Mutabilis rose, a five-petal dark pink rose
The mutabilis rose, an Arboretum All-Star also known as the butterfly rose, is among the plants to be offered for sale during the UC Davis Arboretum Fall Sale. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

The UC Davis Arboretum Nursery plant sale for years has been a top source for California natives and other plants appropriate for our climate. When the Covid-19 shutdowns began, the sales moved online, with curbside pickup arranged for purchased plants.

And that's what is planned this fall, too. Only one sale will be held this season, unlike the multiple ones last spring, and members of Friends of the Arboretum will get first crack at the plant inventory.

And what an inventory! It runs 44 pages, available for viewing here , and includes hundreds of yarrow, dozens of mangaves, 250 showy milkweeds and even a few abutilons. Plenty of succulents, too.

So, if you're already a member of the Friends or of the Davis Botanical Society, be ready at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, when the sale starts. (Such a deal: These folks also get 10 percent off their plant purchase.) Then at 10 a.m. Oct. 22, members of the public will be able to join the shopping. At 1 p.m. Oct. 25, sales will close for the season.

After  checkout, shoppers receive a link to schedule a time during the pickup period, which runs from Oct. 26 to Nov. 13, with Sunday, Monday and Veterans Day excluded.

Note: For members of the public to access the online plant sale store, they must sign up for the Arboretum newsletter, The Leaflet. Sign up here. A link to the store will be sent to newsletter subscribers the morning of Oct. 22.

Anyone interesting in joining the Friends of the Arboretum -- which this year is celebrating 50 years of dedicated support -- can find details here. In addition to supporting the Arboretum and Public Garden, which is one of the region's great treasures, and getting deals on plants, members receive other benefits. These include partner discounts at such businesses as Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, Renee's Garden Seeds online, and Annie's Annuals in Richmond and online.

-- Kathy Morrison


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Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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