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Create Your Own Fruit Garden

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/15/2018

fruit_gardenImagine waking up to a variety of fruits right outside your back door. How about enjoying a peaceful moment in a beautiful backyard seating area where you can enjoy the many colors and fragrances? When we create our own fruit garden, we can enjoy picking the sweetest fruits in our yard, and all that comes with it! As a bonus, we can grow fruit the way we want to - with nothing suspicious!

We want to get fruit and citrus trees while they are blooming so they can start fruiting immediately. At Moon Valley Nurseries, all citrus and fruit trees are grown for our local climate, and we have them for sale at fruit producing age so that you can enjoy the sight, scent, and taste of oranges, peaches, lemons, apricots, limes, plums and so much more right now. In fact, this is the best time of the year to start planting a fruit garden!


Planning a Small Fruit Garden?


We do not need to have a large yard to enjoy the many rewards of a fruit garden. We can grow fruit trees in a small space and enjoy a healthy dessert of freshly picked fruits! Fruit trees are excellent landscape trees too. We can use them to block unwanted views, and when they are flowering, we can enjoy the intoxicating scent that fills the air. Visit your nearest nursery and ask us about our semi-dwarf fruit trees – fruit size is not affected by plant size. Smaller sized fruit trees are easier to manage; no need to climb a ladder to pick fruit!


Most fruit plants grow best in a location that receives at least 6 hours or more of unobstructed sunlight.


We live in an area that enables us to grow a wide variety of the sweetest fruits. Yes, we can enjoy stone fruit too thanks to the low-chill varieties that we grow and sell, such as peaches, apricots, and plums.


Citrus Rootstock Matters


Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock, so you know that you are always going to get the sweetest and juiciest fruit. When it comes to citrus trees, those grown on Carrizo rootstock are going to be the best for our area. This vigorous rootstock is resistant to many common citrus diseases, and very cold hardy so that you can have high yields of the tastiest and juiciest citrus available. One taste is all it takes – visit your nearest nursery and taste for yourself!


oranges-5.pngNavel, Valencia, Sweet Orange, Trovita: Plant any of these orange trees and wake up, smell the sweet blossoms in the air, and handpick the sweetest, juiciest oranges! Oranges such as Valencia are the best for juicing and all the oranges we sell are going to be full of luscious, juicy flavor.




limes.pngMexican Lime, Bearss Lime: Do you remember the lime shortage of 2014? During that year’s limited supply, the price of limes skyrocketed and was harder to find. Grow lime trees, and you will never have to worry about a shortage again. These are attractive landscape trees that can produce great tasting fruit all year long too. Mexican limes and Bearss limes are the two most commonly grown in our area, and the latter is the one most often used in cocktails.



lemon-4.pngEureka Lemon, Lisbon Lemon, Meyer Lemon: Growing lemon trees in your landscape is an excellent way to take full advantage of the many health benefits lemons offer. These attractive landscape trees feature thick and lush year-round foliage so that they are an excellent choice for planting in rows for use as a privacy screen. Lemon trees love to grow with full sun exposure and are drought tolerant once established.



grapefruit_-1.pngRed Grapefruit, Oro Blanco, Mellow Gold: Grapefruit trees are an excellent source of vitamins and are easy to grow trees. These attractive trees can produce a plentiful bounty of fruit on one single tree. In late winter and early spring, they can fill the air with a wonderful citrus blossom fragrance. Grapefruit holds well on the tree, and they are also an excellent addition to drinks, cocktails, and culinary recipes.




_tangerines__.pngClementine Tangerine, Satsuma, Mandarin: Enjoy sweet and juicy mandarins! Some of the best varieties in our area are Clementine, Mandarin, and Satsuma; and, these are also beautiful landscape trees with lush green foliage and orange-colored fruit that is slightly bigger than a golf ball. These easy-to-grow trees love the heat and when planted in rows, can block unwanted views in style.




Low Chill Fruit Trees

Chill hours are the amount of time the fruit trees have spent below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Low chill fruit trees, such as stone fruit, as well as nut trees, require a specific number of hours each winter to regulate growth. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow the juiciest, tastiest stone fruit anywhere, grown at the perfect number of chill hours.


_peaches_-1.pngPeach trees: Eat the sweetest peaches today! We make it easy to add these trees to your garden. We only sell the best varieties meeting the chilling requirement for our area! Right now we have the best varieties such as May Pride and Florida Prince available at their fruit producing age! Peaches are flavorful and tasty snacks whether eaten whole or for baking. As a bonus, peach trees are also attractive, easy-to-grow landscape trees.



apricots_.pngApricot trees: All apricot trees are grown for our climate, and we have low chill fruit tree varieties including Gold Kist and Royal Blenheim apricots! One bite of a ripe apricot reveals golden fruit bursting with luscious flavor! We love to eat them whole or make dried apricots. We make it easy to grow the best-tasting, safe-to-eat fruit in your yard by offering them for sale at fruit producing age!



_plums__.pngPlum trees: We sell one of the best tasting plum varieties on the planet – the Santa Rosa plum! These low chill fruit trees are easy to grow and can enhance the look of any landscape, with or without fruit! Plum trees are self-fruitful and have a beautiful bouquet of white flowers.




nectarines__-1.pngNectarine trees: These are smaller trees and a low chill variety that can produce beautiful pinkish-white flowers in early spring. After the flowers, we can enjoy the juicy and delicious nectarine fruits! Add these attractive landscape trees to your garden and enjoy the view. Goldmine, Desert Dawn, and Desert Delight are simply delicious, and also the varieties we carry.




apples_-1.pngApple trees: Complete a garden with an apple tree! Dorsett and Anna apples are low-chill varieties and are sweet, crisp, and juicy too! We also love the showy flowers in early spring. Let them grow free form so that you can get the best bloom cycle!





Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to create a fruit garden. Grow your own and skip the produce aisle!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

All About the Oranges Perfect for Growing in our Climate

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/14/2018

oranges_close_upOranges, we love them. These juicy, nutritious fruits can strengthen our emotional body and encourage a general feeling of joy, well-being, and happiness. We can have these benefits all year long growing an orange tree in the comfort of our yard. Growing our own orange fruit enables us to wake up, smell the sweet blossoms in the air, and handpick, peel, and eat a healthy, sweet orange. Yep, life is good with all types of orange trees in the yard!


Types of Oranges Ideal for our Climate


We are lucky to live where we live. We can grow all types of orange trees that are perfect for adding value to our landscape, as well as our life. In the Southwest, we can grow the juiciest, best-tasting, and easiest to grow orange trees. The types of orange trees we can grow in our area include Navel, Valencia, Trovita, and the Arizona Sweet Orange. These are all names of oranges that are familiar to us. After all, these are types of orange fruit commonly found in many grocery stores. Of course, growing our own fruit means that we can skip the produce aisle!

In addition to delighting our senses, orange trees can provide shade, block unwanted views, and add color to our yards. Yes, an orange tree is a valuable addition to any size landscape. Plus, they do not get too big, so they are the perfect fit for smaller spaces, as well as larger estates.


Orange Nutrition Facts


We have been hearing about the health benefits of the orange probably since the day we were able to understand words. Below are the nutrition facts on an orange from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These facts are based on one serving size (one medium size orange.) Percent DV (daily values) are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

  • Vitamin C 130% DV
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Potassium 7%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Dietary Fiber 12%

In addition to the nutrition value, orange fruit is packed full of health benefits. These benefits to our health include containing a great deal of vitamin C which can provide a boost to our immune system and keep our skin beautiful looking - vitamin C also happens to be vital to collagen production, which may help reduce wrinkles and improve our skin’s overall texture. Oranges are also good for the heart thanks to the vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and choline they contain.


Grow these Types of Orange Trees in Your Yard


Navel: The Navel orange is the hardiest of all oranges and hardy for growing in our local USDA zones. These are sweet and called the “winter” orange. Spring is the ideal time for planting this tree, so plant a few and enjoy the fragrant flowers in spring and attractive foliage all year long, with the bonus of a seedless, easy to peel, sweet and juicy orange. These small trees are the perfect size for any landscape, from small yards to sprawling estates.

Valencia: Valencia orange season typically starts in March and runs through September, and their orange peel is thin, so they are easy to squeeze and eat! They are regarded by many to be the best orange for juicing. We like to plant these small to medium sized evergreens in rows, where they can create a privacy screen to block unwanted views.

Trovita: Trovita is a favorite throughout the Southwest because they can produce an abundance of sweet citrus fruit, require very little maintenance, and thrive in the desert heat! These sweet citrus are full of rich  juice, and we also love them because we can store them for months without them becoming sour. Plant these easy to grow trees and delight the senses with an orange tree with lots of fragrance and beautiful fruit color!

Arizona Sweet Orange: These are the delicious multi-purpose Arizona orange with a very low seed count. These orange trees can brighten up any size yard! They can produce medium-sized citrus with bright orange flesh that contrasts beautifully with their green foliage. Grow a sweet orange tree and enjoy each juicy bite!


Buy All Types of Orange Trees Right Now and Reap the Rewards!


Moon Valley Nurseries has the best tasting, highest quality citrus trees for sale at fruit producing age. We have been growing all our citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest so that you can share the wealth with friends, family, and neighbors!

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Trovita Oranges: A Desert Favorite

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/12/2018

trovita_orangesCopyright: peachloveu / 123RF Stock Photo 

The Trovita orange tree is a favorite throughout the Southwest because they can produce an abundance of sweet oranges and require very little maintenance. Here is another thing we love about these sweet tasting oranges – they can produce heavy crops in the desert heat. In fact, these trees are more productive when grown in the desert heat! That’s right! Why do Californians and Floridians get to have all the citrusy fun? Those of us in the Arizona and Nevada desert can also bask in the glory of sweet Trovita oranges!


Why We Love Trovita Orange


Trovita oranges awaken the senses with every explosive bite! That is because these sweet oranges are full of rich citrus juice, and we also love them because we can store them for months without them becoming sour. This is good news because they can produce an abundant crop so that we can use them for juicing, making smoothies, and sharing the wealth with our friends, family, and neighbors. Their thin rind makes them super easy to peel so we can easily eat them whole for a blast of citrusy goodness!


A Trovita Orange Tree is Easy to Grow


We have already established that the Trovita orange tree loves to grow in the desert heat. We also love them because we can grow them indoors or outdoors! We like to use them as a small-scale shade tree and enjoy the sight of their lush, attractive foliage that stays green all year long. As a bonus, a Trovita orange tree becomes more fragrant and beautiful as they start to enter their blooming cycle and become covered in white blossoms. Plant these easy to grow trees and delight the senses with an orange tree with lots of fragrance and beautiful fruit color!

Light: Plant in a location that receives plenty of full sun exposure. For best results, a spot in your landscape that receives 8-12 hours of sun each day is ideal.

Watering: Newly planted trees should be watered 2 to 3 times per week until established. These orange trees do not like wet feet. When watering, be sure to deep water the tree so that the water can penetrate the root system.

Fertilizer: During the warmer spring and summer seasons, apply fertilizer once every six weeks. During the fall and winter seasons, you can cut back the fertilizing to once every 2-3 months.

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Enjoy the Fragrance, Beauty, and Fruit Harvest of Trovita Oranges


Are Trovita oranges the juiciest and sweetest oranges you can find? We like to think so! After all, we have been growing all our citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest. Forget about driving to the store and spending your hard-earned cash on inferior tasting store-bought citrus. We would rather grow the sweetest oranges at home, and we have them available for sale at fruit producing age!

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

How to Plant and Grow Peach Trees in our Backyard!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/9/2018

peach_treesCopyright: natazhekova / 123RF Stock Photo

Peaches are delicious, nutritious, and we can grow them with nothing suspicious. Grow an edible garden and be a Rockstar! Peach trees are stylish and beautiful too. In fact, the sight of a peach tree in bloom is magical. The flowers are pale pink, white/cream/gray and red, with a mildly intoxicating sweet aroma with hints of honey and almond – it is no wonder that their scent is a favorite ingredient often replicated in perfumes. Planting a peach tree yields the good fortune of being both beautiful landscape trees and ones that can produce healthy fruits ideal for baking, preserves, or eating fresh-picked off the tree.


Why Grow Peach Trees?


There are many reasons to grow a peach tree – you can pick your own homegrown fruit, and they are attractive landscape trees, with or without fruit. Also, a peach tree can produce fuzzy fruits that are packed full of nutritional value. As a bonus, these are small trees that are perfect for any size landscape, and since they have a low-branching habit, we like to use them as privacy screens, where they can block unwanted views in style. Of course, we already mentioned the showy flowers that are sure to bring the wow factor to our yards when in bloom!


Nutritional Facts


Did you know that in some cultures, peaches are considered the divine fruit of the gods and may even hold the key to keep us perpetually young? Fascinating! We are not sure if planting a peach tree in our yard is the fountain of youth we are after. However, these fuzzy fruits are full of nutrition and offer many health benefits, including combating free radicals, reducing inflammation, treating gut disorders, and supporting healthy eyes.

One medium sized peach contains about:

  • Vitamin C: 10 mg / 16% DV
  • Vitamin A: 489 IU / 9% DV
  • Potassium: 285 mg / 8% DV
  • Magnesium: 14 mg / 3% DV
  • Iron: .4 mg / 2% DV
  • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Fiber: 2.3 grams


How to Grow a Peach Tree


Choose low-chill peach tree varieties that grow best in the Southwest, such as Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride peaches. It is spring, so now is the best time to plant peach trees. When do peaches grow? We should be able to pick the sweetest peaches in late spring and summer! Tree-ripened peaches are going to be the sweetest.

Light: These trees love to grow in a location with full sun exposure. Full sun exposure is at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day. Remember this when choosing a good spot to plant a peach tree.

Watering: Irrigate the peach during the growing season. Follow a daily watering schedule if you use a drip irrigation system. If you are using a sprinkler system, irrigate an established peach trees every three weeks. Be sure to keep the soil moist and avoid soggy soil or sitting water around the tree.

Fertilizing: Regular fertilization is recommended. During the growing season, fertilize the tree monthly, with the first fertilizer application around the start of April, when the tree blooms. Always remember to water the tree after fertilization.

Pruning: We recommend pruning the peach tree once it goes dormant in late fall or winter. It is a good idea to cut out any dead branches or branches that are no longer producing peaches. Remove any crowded branches and continue pruning to remove about half of the previous year’s branches.


Eat a Peach! Buy a Peach Tree at Fruit Producing Age

We make it easy to enjoy the best-tasting, sweetest peaches! We only carry the best varieties for our area and have them available at fruit producing age. All the trees we sell are cloned from our most premium specimens, and grown here locally by us, giving you, the customer, grower-direct savings as well as the best, highest quality tree! All our peach trees are grafted so they do not require a second peach tree to bear fruit, which also means you can grow the sweetest peaches even if there is only room for one tree!

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Valencia Oranges – Learn How to Grow this Juicy Favorite!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/7/2018

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Summertime is the ripe time for Valencia oranges, and the perfect time to gather our friends and family, fire up the BBQ, and get ready to have a party! After all, the Valencia orange is perfect for juicing and adding to a bubbly glass of champagne or squeezing into a beer. In fact, Valencia oranges are the ideal piece of fruit for squeezing at home. Of course, we do not have to imbibe to enjoy the benefits of growing a Valencia orange tree.


Ready, Set, Grow a Valencia Orange Tree


Valencia orange season typically starts in March and runs through September or so. Yes, we love these sweet oranges – the Valencia orange peel is thin, which makes them easy to squeeze, and as satisfying as it is to be able to squeeze homegrown juice, they are also beautiful landscape trees. We like to plant these small to medium sized evergreens in rows, where they can create a privacy screen to block unwanted views. Don’t you just love the scent of orange blossoms in the air? When in bloom, their intoxicating fragrance is a tell-tale sign that spring has arrived, so we also like to plant them near windows and allow the fragrance to fill our rooms. No doubt about it, Valencia oranges provide a feast for the senses!


How to Care for a Valencia Orange Tree


Are you ready to take a bite and get a mouth full of the freshest, juiciest, and sweetest oranges you can find, with a minimal amount of seeds? Look no further! A Valencia orange tree is easy to plant and taking care of one is a breeze. We are in luck because these sweet orange trees grow best in our area – USDA zones 9 to 11!

Light: Plant these trees in a location with full sun exposure so that they can produce an abundant amount of oranges. At least 6 hours a day of sun every day is ideal.

Watering: Newly planted trees should be watered two to three times a week for the first several weeks. Once established, water it once a week. Check the soil at a depth of 5-inches to see if the soil is dry. Since the roots of this orange tree are wide, we want to be sure to water past the drip line.

Fertilizing: A Valencia orange tree will benefit from an application of fertilizer. Apply the first round when the fruits start to appear. Apply additional doses every month or two during the entire harvest season. During the dormant season, we recommend applying a dose of fertilizer at least twice.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary unless you want to maintain the shape and height of the tree. If you decide to prune, be sure to do it before the harvest season. Feel free to remove dead and diseased branches.

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Why Wait?! Plant a Valencia Orange Tree at its Fruit Producing Age!


Moon Valley Nurseries has citrus trees for sale at fruit producing age. We have been growing all our citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest so that you can share the wealth with friends, family, and neighbors!

Keep Reading More About Our Citrus and Stone Fruit Trees

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

How to Grow the Easy to Peel and Eat Navel Oranges!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/5/2018

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Navel orange season is here, so let’s celebrate! Picking juicy and sweet navel oranges right off the tree is reason enough to throw a healthy-eating party – they are seedless, easy to peel, and perfect to be eaten as fresh whole fruit. These dwarf to semi dwarf-sized trees are so easy to grow - all we need to do is just water them occasionally, and they will reward us with plenty of juicy, seedless oranges!


Navel Oranges Are Easy to Grow – Share the Harvest with Friends!


Having a navel orange tree in a yard is a must have for any fruit lover. After all, we cannot think of a better way to enjoy the deliciously juicy flesh of a navel orange bursting with citrus flavor than by having one within arm’s reach. Lucky for us, our climate is ideal for growing these seedless fruit favorites! Making things even sweeter is the fact that these small trees are the perfect size for any landscape, from small yards to sprawling estates – it’s all good! As a bonus, they are also drought tolerant once established, making them a perfect fit for growing from Southern California to Arizona and into parts of Nevada!


How to Care for a Navel Orange Tree

 The navel orange tree is the hardiest of all oranges and hardy for growing in our local USDA zones. These sweet oranges are considered the “winter” orange, and spring is the ideal time for planting this tree. Enjoy the fragrant flowers in spring and attractive foliage all year long.

Light: Choose a spot in your landscape that receives plenty of full sun exposure. At least six hours a day is preferred. The perfect place in your landscape is one set away from any surrounding grass or structures.

Watering: A navel orange tree requires well-drained soil. Following a regular watering schedule during the first growing season is the best way to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, we can reduce watering. Always be sure to water deeply and allow the soil to dry between watering.

Fertilizing: We like to fertilize in the spring and repeat the process in the fall. Moon Valley Nurseries has developed the perfect blends to boost growth and supplement the essential micro and macronutrients these trees need to thrive in our landscape.


Buy a Navel Orange Tree at Fruit-Producing Age!

One bite of this luscious fruit is all it takes to see why the navel orange is one of the most popular orange varieties throughout the Southwest and beyond! Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all our own citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest.

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Live the Sweet Life: Plant an Arizona Sweet Orange Tree!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/2/2018

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The scent of sweet orange blossoms in the air and one bite of sweet and juicy Arizona oranges is one of life’s simple pleasures that can brighten our day. These orange trees can also brighten up our yards. Citrus sinensis ‘Sweet Orange’ trees can also produce medium-sized oranges with bright orange flesh that contrasts beautifully with their green foliage. You know what else is sweet? Arizona Sweet Orange trees thrive in our area!


Why People are Eating Up Arizona Sweet Oranges


Yes, these are the delicious multi-purpose Arizona oranges that we love, the ones that are easy to grow with a low seed count (if any). We like to use them for juicing, cooking, in cocktails, in beers, or as a healthy snack that we can eat freshly-picked off the tree. No doubt about it, the Arizona Sweet Orange is a sweet choice for our taste buds as well as for adding vibrant color to our arid environment. They can also be used to create shade, which in Arizona is always welcome. We also like to plant a few of them in rows, where they can act as a living hedge that can block unwanted views!

Anyone can find an Arizona Sweet Orange Tree for sale at Moon Valley Nurseries. Perhaps you have been asking yourself when to plant orange trees in Arizona? The short answer is right now! These Arizona oranges are easy to peel, and we have developed a custom rootstock so that they are guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest.


How to Care for an Arizona Sweet Orange Tree

This orange tree is easy to grow, and they have a small to medium size which makes them an excellent choice for any size yard. Arizonians can grow these orange trees and enjoy some of the fullest-flavored sweet oranges in the U.S.!

Light: These sweet oranges do best when growing in a location that receives more than 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Watering: You will want to water about two feet into the soil. If you have a newly planted tree, increase the depth of watering every year until established for three years. Water deeply and be sure to allow the soil to dry between watering.

Fertilizing: Fertilize in early March, late May, and in the middle of September with Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizers, such as Moon Juice. Do not fertilize newly planted trees the first year they are on the ground. If you prefer to use organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion or cured compost, we recommend applying monthly in spring and summer.

 Keep Reading More About Our Citrus and Stone Fruit Trees

Good News! You can purchase these sweet orange trees at their fruit producing age! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have been growing our citrus for decades.  We make it easy to eat healthier with the juiciest, sweetest, homegrown fruit!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Proper Care For Fruit & Citrus Trees In The Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 7/20/2017

Proper care for your fruit and citrus trees will give you a bontiful harvest

Super easy tasks that anyone can do!lisbonlemon.png

Summer is here and if you have been paying attention to your fruit and citrus trees, they may be experiencing some summer stress, which means you will have to provide them with a little extra TLC if you're planning on eating some high quality fruit and citrus this year.

Whether you have an orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, nectarine, apricot, peach, plum, pomegranate, apple, or fig tree you are going to want to check out the recommendations from our nursery pros on what you can do to help you fruit and citrus tree this summer. And yes, you can grow all of those varieties in our region!

Click to view our fruit and citrus varities we offer

No, we're not talking about the nasty one from the pool this weekend. We're talking about your tree. And yes, trees can get a sunburn. In areas where intense sun and heat may scorch your tree, precautions should be taken to reduce damage. Trunks can be wrapped using appropriate materials available at Moon Valley Nurseries. Another method is to paint the trunk of the tree with tree paint available ain both white and brown (natural). Use the paint to whitewash trunks and exposed branches. Once application is usually sufficient for a summer of sunburn protection. 

Nursery pro Sal Bracale talks about the importance and demonstrates how to wrap your citrus and fruit trees. 

Citrus and fruit are originally native to tropical areas, which means that they do need frequent watering, especially in the summer. 

There are a few noticeable signs that you are not watering your citrus or fruit tree enough. The first is the "Cigar" or leaf curling, which is when the leaves begin to curl in from the edges. This means insufficient water and the solution is to increase the depth of water. If you have a basin, you should extend it out to the edge of the branches and you need to enlarge it as the tree increases in size. If you ignore this your leaves will begin to fall off. 

Homeowners are always asking us "how much should I water", and that depends on the size of the tree, age, and what variety of citrus or fruit is it. The general rule of thumb is a slow and low trickle. You want to make sure the root ball is saturated and that the water travels deep into the soil, roughly three feet. For schedules watering see our guide

A great way to minimize water loss is to add a layer of mulch around the base of your tree. This means that you need less water and mulch can help eliminate weeds. Mulch can consist of leaves, bark, wood chips, straw, or any other organic materials. To avoid any root diseases, keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree. Mulch can also keep the soil temperature lower, which can allow for better root growth. 

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The one downside to our water is that salts are a little more persistent and while trees can handle the salt the salt can accumulate in the soil which can cause sun burn. Salt burn is easily identifiable by your leaves developing brown edges and this happens more in the summer due to the water evaporation. Salt will always be more of an issue if you have clay or poorly drainer soils compared to sandy or well drained soils. 

The best way to remove the salt is leaching, which is a slow and steady application of deep watering over a long period of time. This can help flush salts away from the root zone. You can also apply some gypsum or our Soil and water conditioner, which has been designed for our tough western soils by our nursery experts. To counteract the difficult soil in our region, our Soil & Water Conditioner contains two special elements. The first is sulfur which reduces the high Ph by flushing out the excess salt buildup in the root system. The removal of the excess salt creates a soil base that converts nutrients easily. The second is gypsum which is the other special element that will loosen soil leading to better drainage and healthier soils. 

We would like to note that you will not see immediate results from salt burn. It will take time for the tree to recover. The best way to see how the tree is responding is to take a look at the new growth.

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These insecsts are only found on citrus trees, so those of you with fruit you do not need to worry about this. Leaf Miner is an insects that eats the inside of your leaf. There is no real damage done to the tree. The damage is only cosmetic. The damage can be found by a white trial on the underside of the leaf., When you see this the leaf miner is already gone



Now that you know how to properly care for your fruit or citrus tree, you can grow like the pros do at Moon Valley Nurseries. If you have additional questions, please visit any of our nursery locations and our pros can assist you! Click here to map a nursery location near you!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Reap The Rewards Of Growing Your Own Avocado Grove!

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/10/2017

Grow Your Own Edible Landscape 

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Avocados, people all over the world love them, and here in the Southwest, the Hass avocado is one of the most common and also one of the tastiest! Developed on a hybrid tree farm in California, when compared to their natural cousins, the Hass avocado has much softer flesh when ripe and is the avocado that most of us eat today.

Grow Your Own
The demand for avocados has been rising dramatically. According to the U.S. government, American per capita consumption was 6.9 pounds in 2015, compared to 3.5 pounds in 2006. This demand can’t keep up with the reduced harvest caused by drought and heatwaves, where California’s avocado production is expected to fall by 44% and where much of the Hass avocados we love come from. When there’s a shortage of these tasty, healthy fruits, prices soar and it’s a bummer, that is, unless you’re growing your own!

Grow your own avocado grove and never pay high grocery store prices again or miss out on making your own guacamole – plus, you get to pick it straight from the source and take in all of the healthy oils and fat avocados provide. Avocado trees do more than just produce fruit with amazingly tasty health benefits, they can also be an attractive shade tree with dark green foliage that beautifies any landscape. With the right planning, you can even turn a profit selling avocados grown from your very own grove.

Planting Tips
The best way to get started is buying bigger avocado trees that are already at their fruit producing age, such as those grown at Moon Valley Nurseries. These trees like the ground to be warm but not too hot, so ideally, they should be planted into the ground from March through June. Avocado trees should be planted in sunny locations and in a spot where they are protected from the wind. You’re going to want the most fruit possible, so to get the most fruit production, we recommend planting a few avocado trees nearby or go big and do a whole grove. Don’t worry, other than the occasional regular maintenance that any tree would require, they are pretty easy to grow and care for.

Watering Tips
Proper watering is critical to the tree producing the best quality fruit and allows the tree to preserve its natural resistance to fungal diseases. It’s important to not overwater avocado trees, in fact, overwatering in certain soils is often the number one factor in causing root rot. When watering, soak the soil well then allow it to dry before watering again. Of course, they still need water, so keep in mind that under-watering trees may produce small fruit that might tend to sunburn. We recommend using a drip system.

Avocado Tree Facts

  • Avocado trees are sub-tropical /tropical fruit trees that never go dormant – they are always growing and developing
  • They are shallow rooted trees that need good aeration
  • Broad-spreading trees – can provide shade
  • A tree can range from 15 to 30 feet tall
  • Begin bearing fruit in three to five years and can thrive for decades
  • The most productive leaves grow on the outside of the tree
  • You will get more fruit if you have more than one avocado tree nearby
  • Only pollinated blooms will produce fruit – let the pollinators do their thing!
  • A Hass tree may have from 150 to 500 pollinated blooms and take about a year to grow into a ready-to-pick avocado
  • Hass fruit ripening period from February to August - they do not get soft on the tree, once picked, it takes about 7 to 10 days for it to soften when left at room temperature

Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Growing your own edible landscape is a fun and easy way to enjoy nutritious fruit the entire family will love. Start your avocado grove with trees already at their fruit producing age and get ready to dig into your homemade avocado sandwich spread. Moon Valley Nurseries has what you need to eat healthy fruits! We have fruit producing age citrus trees and avocado trees available right now!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Eat What You Grow

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/30/2017


It's pretty safe to say that this time of year is the best. Flowers are everywhere, deciduous trees are starting to leaf out again, our veggie gardens are producing, and the intoxicating aroma of citrus and fruit blooms are filling up the air.  Now, we always talk about how great our region is and one of the greatest things is that our region is ideal for growing fruit and citrus trees in your backyard!

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At Moon Valley Nurseries we are always telling our customers to eat what they grow and our custom root stock on our fruit and citrus, that was developed by our owner Les Blake and his grandfather, is far superior than what you will find anywhere else. The root stock is extremely important when talking about fruit and citrus trees as this is what your trees are grafted on and many growers take shortcuts so they are able to grow their trees faster and get them to the nursery quicker. We don't do short cuts here at Moon Valley Nurseries. You can only get an excellent tasting and guaranteed to produce fruit trees from Moon Valley Nurseries, no other nursery in the country grows trees like we do.

If we still don't have you convinced, check out our top reasons to grow your own homegrown food:

Fruit & Citrus Taste Better
The taste between homegrown fruit and store bought fruit is not even comparable. Your homegrown fruit and citrus will be sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than store-bought, which are picked before they’re ripe. Because these fruit and citrus are picked too early, they cannot develop the complex flavors and sweet sugar taste we all love. By growing your own food, it allows the fruit and citrus to fully ripen on the tree for ultimate taste.

No Pesticides
Store bought fruit is treated with many pesticides and chemicals and unless you do your research you have no idea what they are spraying the fruit and citrus with. Growing your own fruit and citrus allows you to be in control and what you feed and fertilize your tree with. 

Garden Fragrance & Flowers
Scented citrus blossoms in the spring are what dreams are made of. The intoxicating smell and the beauty of the flowers are a great bonus for every homeowner.

You Don’t Have To Leave The House
We like to think being 10 feet from your fruit or citrus tree is a million times better than driving to the store in traffic for, let’s say, a single lemon.

Below are the top varieties to grow in our region with some recipes that our nursery pros love. 

The most popular citrus tree we offer, the origins of the orange tree  can be traced back to ancient Chinese literature and the orange is now the most cultivated citrus tree in the world. Oranges are super easy to grow and for our region the best to grow are the Arizona Sweet Orange, Washington Navel, Valencia, Blood Orange, and Trovita. These are all proven varieties that will produce great tasting fruit for many years to come.  Recipe: Using homegrown oranges you can make Sangria!
There are so many food items that we eat the require a lemon, and with a lemon tree in your backyard you'll never have to go to the grocery store again. There are a few different types of lemon varieties we offer. Meyer Lemon (a cross between a lemon and an orange), Lisbon Lemon, Eureka Lemon, and Pink Lemon (actually pink on the inside!).  Recipe: Using homegrown lemons you can make the Best Lemonade Ever!
Where would our food and beer be without limes?  We don't know and we don't want to even think about living in a world without limes! We also have an insider tip for everyone. WAIT until your limes turn yellow. That means they are fully ripe.  They are supposed to turn yellow. Another benefit of growing your own homegrown good.  We offer three varieties of limes at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Mexican Lime (Key Lime), Bearss Lime (Persian Lime), and the Australian Finger Lime. Recipe: For all the adults out there (that means 21 and older) we suggest the Beer Margaritas!
These softball sized citrus pack a punch and they are a great source of vitamins and like everything else on this list they are super easy to grow. You may even see some 50-year-old grapefruit trees around town as they have been a popular choice in our region for decades. When it comes to grapefruit there are a few different varieties. You have the White Grapefruit (Marsh Seedless and Oro Blanco), which is super sweet and of course white on the inside, and the Red Grapefruit (Rio Red and Rudy Red), which is of course red on the inside. Recipe: This is for those with the sweet tooth....The Fresh Grapefruit Cake!
Now you're probably looking at this and thinking, ' our region????' We are here to tell you that YES, peaches grow in our region, and YES, they produce every year. Once again proving why our region is the best in the United States! The peach, just like the orange, comes from Northern China and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years! We offer three varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride. Recipe: Another recipe for those with the sweet tooth is the Juicy Peach Crisp!
Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and with an apple tree in your yard you'll be the healthiest person in the neighborhood. Apples have been a healthy part of humans diet for more than 1,000 years and these beautiful trees (with gorgeous flowers in the spring) will be a welcome addition to your yard. The four varieties we offer are the Anna, Dorsett (Golden), Fuji, and Beverly Hills. Recipe: A little outside of the box, Apple Baked Beans!
This is only for our California readers. And so we are all clear on this, you can possibly grow avocados in Arizona and Las Vegas. However, it needs a lot and we mean A LOT of care and they don't perform that well so we do not recommend nor do we sell avocado trees at our nurseries in Arizona and Las Vegas. For the Californians, you can save big bucks by planting and growing your own avocado tree. They perform extremely well in our region and the varieties we offer are  Hass, Bacon, Fuerte, and Zutano. Recipe: Guacamole is the easy way out, so we suggest the Avocado Dessert. You'll enjoy it
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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

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