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Arboretum plant sales are back!

UC Davis announces schedule for contact-free events

Metal card with many pots of plants
The carts will be virtual but the plants will be the same high-quality, zone-friendly
ones they always are this spring at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery sales. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Due to popular demand, the UC Davis Arboretum will host more contact-free plant sales this spring, starting with two members-only events in February and March. Those will be followed by three public sales in April and May.

Instead of a few hours (with long lines), each sale spans four days followed by reservations-only contact-free pick-up.

Without crowding shoppers into the 1-acre Arboretum Teaching Nursery, these online sales keep both patrons and Arboretum volunteers safe and socially distanced. In addition, shoppers have a lot longer to select their picks from among hundreds of available water-wise varieties, including the Arboretum All-Stars.

For Friends of the Arboretum, the first sale opens at 1 p.m. Feb. 26 and closes at 1 p.m. March 1. Shoppers can make their orders online at any time between that start time and deadline.

Pinkish flowers and green leaves
Biokovo cranesbill, an excellent groundcover for filtered
shade, is on the list for the first sale, which starts
Feb. 26 online. (It's on Page 18 of the 39-page list --
$7.50 for a 4-inch pot.)

And they’ll need some time to make their selections. The plant availability list for the kick-off sale covers 39 pages. (See the inventory for that first sale here: .)

Then, shoppers schedule a specific pick-up time between March 4 and 9 (excluding Sunday, March 7).

New members can join the Friends and enjoy the sale (and other benefits) immediately. A link is provided on the Arboretum’s plant sales webpage.

Other plant sales are scheduled for:

* March 8-12 (members only) with pick-up March 25-30 (excluding Sunday).

* April 8-12 (public) with pick-up April 15-20 (excluding Sunday).

* April 29-May 3 (public) with pick-up May 6-11 (excluding Sunday).

* May 20-24 (public clearance) with pick-up May 27-June 2 (excluding Sunday and Monday).

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Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:

* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.

* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.

* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.

* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.

* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.

* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.

* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.

* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.

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