Thank you for your interest in Encanto Farms Nursery.
I have enjoyed growing fruiting plants all of my life and selling plants locally in San Diego for more than 20 years, and nearly 6 years online.
I do not want sell you a plant that is not appropriate for you, so I have shared what I know about each one at Figs 4 Fun and We Be Bananas.
My experience is in Southern California, and may not be applicable to your location. If I don’t know something, I will tell you so. I know what it is like to be in the customer’s shoes because I have purchased more than my share of plants over the years. It is my hope that I can treat you in the way that I would want to be treated. Because I have been more oriented to growing, experimenting and educating (as well as keeping up with a "regular" job) I haved to do some things differently than you may be used to.
We accept Paypal and checks for payment. Credit card fees are still too expensive for our nano-nursery.
Many of the plants that we have are one-of-a-kind. That means that they are irreplaceable, so both you and we need to take very special care of them. It also means that not everyone will be able to have everything they desire. Some are in 1 gallon pots, while others have grown more and are now in 2 gallon pots. Many are only available in one size or the other. So, after reviewing the list of available plants, e-mail me, and we will set the plants aside (if available) and advise you of their size, their costs, shipping, etc. After we have worked that all out to our mutual satisfaction, then we will ask you to make payment. We ship in Spring and Fall, when temperatures will be more conducive to the plants arriving in a healthy condition.
Generally, one gallon plants will be $15, and 2 gallon plants are $20, though there will be a few (yes, few means few) exceptions for things which have been especially difficult to propagate. There are a few plants that are in 5 gallon pots, which are available for pick-up only.
If you are interested in fig trees, you must be aware that we have an extensive collection of varieties. As a result of their many places of origin, including USDA/UC Davis, they have all been exposed to Fig Mosaic Virus (FMV) and most likely are infected with it (though not all exhibit symptoms). Some of our varieties have come from the finest sources in the country, and they have been similarly infected. We do not consider this to be a problem and the United States Department of Agriculture agrees, noting that it is “ubiquitous” even in many wild populations of trees. But we understand that some people are concerned. It is not possible to have a collection of this size and not have FMV, just as it is not possible to obtain most of these varieties from uninfected sources. If this is of concern to you, you will probably want to refrain from purchasing. We have used names for all of the figs which they had when we received them, unless they were unmistakably mislabeled. The pictures at Figs 4 Fun will serve to identify them as what they actually are here in San Diego (given the difference of climates, soil, fertilizer, caprification, etc. "your results will vary"). Hopefully this is full disclosure.
If it is not on our plant list, it is not likely that it is available at this time, but we do have a "Want List". Also, we sell fig cuttings beginning approximately February 1st each year, until they are gone, usually sometime in early March.
We have more than 1000 fig varieties. Encanto Farms is definitely a "boutique" nursery, producing our own plants in very limited quantities, as we have our own cuttings available for propagation. Everything we sell, we also grow in our orchard, so we have real experience with these plants.
We have plants of more than 60 banana varieties available. All banana plants will be pups from our in-ground orchard collection. This limits availability, but provides a better plant and a shorter time to maturity than tissue cultured plants. Everything we sell, we also grow in our orchard, so we have real experience with these plants
Finally, we owe debt of gratitude to many people who have shared cuttings and plants with us over the years, which has enabled us to make many of these varieties available. If you have varieties which are not yet a part of our collection, we would enjoy receiving cuttings or plants to add to the collection (at our expense, of course).
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