Frequently Asked Questions

+ Where and when is the ALFI Fruit Tree Sale?

The ALFI Fruit Tree Sale is on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 10am-1pm at The Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Atlanta Community Food Bank: 970 Jefferson St. NW, Atlanta GA 30318

Please note that it is held at the 970 Building of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

+ How big (or how old) are the trees?

The trees vary in size depending on variety, as does their age. However, the trees will generally produce fruit in two years. Though, you may not want to let the trees fruit yet so that they put all their energy into growing stronger!

+ Do you offer organic trees?

Some are grown with organic practices (but are not Certified Organic). As long as you use organic practices in your own growing process, then you'll be good to go!

+ How are the varieties selected for the sale?

We carefully select our varieties to ensure that they are well-suited to our Georgia climate and less prone to disease, minimizing the need for chemicals. We have many great varieties of fruit-bearing plants that thrive in our climate, so please check them out!

+ How does this work?

Select the varieties that you would like to purchase on this website, and then your order will be reserved for you at the sale. We'll have it ready for you to pick up on February 14th at The Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Atlanta Community Food Bank: 970 Jefferson St. NW, Atlanta GA 30318

From 10am-1pm

Please note that this website serves as a pre-sale platform so that you may reserve the varieties that you'd like. We cannot guarantee that all varieties will still be in stock if you show up at the sale without a pre-order, so this is the best way to ensure that you have first selection of all available plants.

+ What if I’m not available to pick up my plants on the day of the sale?

Unfortunately, we don’t have a facility where we can store plants before or after the event, so you must pick up your events on the day of the sale! All plants that remain after the sale will be contributed to the ALFI Orchard Project, which donates orchards to school and community gardens in metro-Atlanta.

+ I love the idea of planting fruit trees, but I don’t have anywhere to plant them.

If you’d like to contribute toward a more sustainable and tasty landscape for the Atlanta region but aren’t in a position to plant trees, vines or berry bushes, please consider making a donation to support the ALFI Orchard Project, which donates orchards to schools, parks, and community gardens in metro-Atlanta.

+ What if my fruit tree, vine or berry bush dies? Can I get a refund or replacement?

Each year when we receive the plants from our suppliers, we take a careful inventory and quality check to ensuretheir health. Most plants are dormant at this time of year, which is optimal for planting, so you should not expect to see leafing or budding.

We are confident that our plants were in good health at the time of the Fruit Tree Sale, but if you have any concerns about the health of the plants or are dissatisfied with their condition, please notify us before leaving the event.

If you have any questions about proper planting and care of your plants, please take a class offered by one of our partners or consult with one of the experts who are available at the Fruit Tree Sale.

In the rare situation that plants are not thriving after planting, it is typically a result of waiting too long to plant (roots dried out before planting), soil, location or other issues within your garden.

We do everything we can to ensure the success of each tree, vine or bush that is planted, but since we cannot control the conditions plants leave the Fruit Tree Sale, we are not able to take responsibility for plants that do not thrive.

+ Why are there no peach trees available?

Georgia is known as the “Peach State,” but our climate actually makes it very difficult (some say impossible) to grow peaches without spraying a lot of chemical pesticides.

We've actually added two special dwarf container varieties this year—try them out!

 

General Planting Information

+ Apples

Apple trees require cross pollination. Trees should be spaced 20 ft apart and will grow to be an avg of 20 ft tall. Trees require 6+ hours of direct sunlight but prefer full sun. Apple trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 3rd year and will be fully productive by their 6th year.

+ Asian Pears

Pear trees require cross pollination but because of the prevalence of ornamental pears in Atlanta, it is not necessary to buy pollinator trees. Trees need 15-20 ft diameter space around them and will grow to be an avg of 20 ft tall. Trees require 6+ hours of direct sunlight but prefer full sun. Pear trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 3rd year and will be fully productive by their 6-10th year.

+ Blackberries

All varieties are thornless, self-pollinating and do not require trellising. Plant 4-5 feet apart. Plants will grow 4-5 ft and will bear fruit on their second year and increase in productivity annually.

+ Blueberries

Cross pollinate with another variety of blueberry for better production (i.e. buy two blueberries of different varieties). Plant 6 ft apart. Blueberry bushes can grow up to 8 ft tall if unpruned. Blueberries will bear fruit in 3rd year and be fully productive by their 6th year.

+ Chokeberry

Native. Self-fruitful. Chokeberries grow as a buch up to 6 ft in diameter, so space plants 6 ft apart. Plants prefer full sunlight.

+ Elderberry

Native. Elderberries grow as a bush 8-10 ft wide and tall. Plant 6-8 feet apart. Elderberry can tolerate partial shade to full sun and wet, low-lying areas. Will begin producing after 2-3 years and be fully productive by their 5th year.

+ Figs

Self-fruitful. Trees should be spaced 20-30 ft apart and will grow to be an avg of 8-10 ft wide and 20’ tall, if unpruned. Trees require full sun. Fig trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 2nd or 3rd year.

+ Goji Berry

Self-fruitful. Plant berries 4 ft apart and will grow to be an avg of 6 ft tall. Berries require full sun. Goji berries will fruit after 2 years and be in full production in their 5th year.

+ Hazelnut

Native. Hazelnut grows as a shrub up to 12’ wide and 18’ tall. Requires cross-pollination. Prefers 6+ hours of full sun. Will begin producing nuts after 3 years.

+ Kiwi

Requires male and female vine. Kiwis need 12 feet in diameter space around them and a very sturdy trellis.

+ Muscadine

Native. Self-fruitful. Vining plant should be planted along a sturdy trellis, 25-30 ft apart. Muscadines can tolerate partial shade to full sun. Plants will begin bearing fruit on their 2nd or 3rd year and steadily increase in production.

+ Nectarine

Self-fruitful. Plant trees 15 ft apart, will grow to be an average of 15 ft tall. Nectarines require full sun and will bear fruit in 3-5 years.

+ Pawpaw

Native. Requires cross pollination. Plant trees 15-20 ft apart, will grow to be an average of 20 ft tall. Pawpaws prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Pawpaws also perform well in damp areas. Will begin to bear fruit in 3-5 years.

+ Pears

Pear trees require cross pollination but because of the prevalence of ornamental pears in Atlanta, it is not necessary to buy pollinator trees. Plant trees 15-20 ft apart, will grow to be an avg of 25 ft tall. Trees require 6+ hours of direct sunlight but prefer full sun. Pear trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 3rd year and will be fully productive by their 6-10th year.

+ Persimmon

Self-fruitful. Japanese varieties. Trees should be planted 15 ft apart and will grow to be an avg of 20 ft tall. Trees prefer to grow in full sun. Persimmon trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 3rd year and will be fully productive by their 6th year.

+ Pineapple Guava

Self-fruitful. Pineapple guava is an evergreen, small tree/shrub. Trees should be planted 10-20 ft apart and will grow to be an avg 15 ft tall. Prefer full sun and will begin bearing fruit 3rd year.

+ Plums

Self-fruitful. Plant trees 15 ft apart and will grow to be an avg of 15 ft tall. Trees require 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Plum trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 3rd year and will be fully productive by their 6th year.

+ Pomegranate

Self-fruitful. Trees need 15 ft diameter space around them and require full sun in a dry, south-facing area. Pomegranates will grow to be an avg of 15 ft tall. Pomegranate trees usually begin bearing fruit in their 3rd year and will be fully productive by their 6th year.

+ Raspberry

Self-fruitful. Plant raspberries 2 ft apart in full sun. Plants will grow rapidly and bear fruit in their first year. No trellis required.

+ Serviceberry

Native. Self-fruitful. Plant trees 15 ft apart, will grow to be an avg of 15 ft tall. Serviceberries prefer full sun but can tolerate part shade. Trees will begin producing in their 3rd-5th year.

+ Strawberries

Plant strawberries in late-March, early April. Plant 18 in apart in full sun. Will begin to bear fruit in June.


Educational Opportunities

Want to learn more about fruit trees in general? We are offering free classes from our experts the day of the sale. Click here to explore what classes are available on February 10th.

Contact Us

If you have further questions about the ALFI Fruit Tree Sale, please feel free to contact Bang at bang@cfmatl.org

For inquiries regarding The Orchard Project, please contact Allison at aduncan@atlantaregional.org