Frequently Asked Questions
If you do not plan to pick up your trees at Gilby's on-site and off-site locations, we can ship your trees to your location in the Midwest!
We use Spee-Dee Delivery Service (out of St. Cloud, MN) for Next Day and 2nd Day Shipping.
Check out online and make your down payment ($10/tree). We will then contact you and let you know what the shipping charge will be based on the volume and location of your order.
Please refer to the map below, or click on it to view the full PDF of your shipping region.
Aug 25th, 2022 through November 1st, 2022 - daily from 9a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Open in the spring for bareroot tree sales April- May.
Summer is appointment only. You can give us a call!
• Nature Trails Around Our Orchard.
• Hay Bale Playground.
• Beautiful Areas For a Picnic Lunch.
• Greats Spot for Family Photos.
• Spruce Maze
$1.29 to $3.59 per lb
Yes dogs are welcome! We just ask that they are leashed & you pick up after them!
Cash, Check and Credit/Debit Card. We do not except American Express.
Yes we accommodate large or small groups.
Please call ahead to apprise us of group size and approximate arrival time.
Dwarf Apple Trees
- A Dwarf Apple Tree is a tree that is about 40% in size to a Standard Tree.
- They produce Fruit in 1-2 years where a Standard tree can take 7 years.
- Easier to prune and thin.
- Easier to harvest.
- Will need support
How do I get a Dwarf Apple Tree?
- You need to contact a grower or specialized nursery that has Dwarf Root Stocks (Gilby’s).
- Most Nurseries you need to order the trees 2 years prior to when you want them.
- Most Nurseries also have minimum order quantities like 50 trees.
- It is very uncommon to find a Dwarf Apple Tree at your local garden center.
- You will 9 times out of 10 find Semi Dwarf Malling 7.
Why would you choose a Dwarf Apple Tree
- You can plant many trees in a small area you can plant 3’ apart.
- 60% increase in yield.
- Instant gratification!
What types of trees can you get on Dwarfing rootstock?
- We currently have Honeycrisp and Zestar on B-9 Rootstock
Trees dug from the ground when they are dormant (leafless) and the root are shaken free of soil. They are kept cool with their roots moist until planted.
As soon as the frost is out of the ground… to ensure the tree gets off to its best start.
The best time to prune your trees is in March - before the tree comes out of dormancy.
- Dwarf trees will bear fruit in the first year or two.
- Semi Dwarf 3-5 years
- Standard 5-7 years.
We encourage you not to let any of these trees bear fruit for the first two years, so the energy can be put into the root system and tree.
Our apples mature at different times throughout the harvest season starting in August and going into October. See the chart below for more information on your favorite variety.
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No Charge! You can walk around and explore our orchard.
The only fees are the Hayride and Corn Maze.
- Planting bare-root or bare-root trees can be one of the best bargains in
gardening. While it may seem strange to plant a tree with roots not contained in
soil, it’s actually an excellent practice that boasts immense success.
- Many bare-root trees, in particular grafted fruit trees, have already been growing
for two or more years before they’re sold.
- You’re getting a good-sized tree that’s ready to take off once it gets tucked into
- Cost can be half the price of buying a tree in a container.
- POLLINATION: Very Important! You must to have two different varieties of apple trees, in the same Bloom Time to pollinate your apple trees. Apple trees NEED to be pollinated to produce fruit!
- Three Bloom Times for Apple Trees:
- Mid- Season
Did you know that there are two primary components to an apple tree? Rootstock and Scion
- Part 1….The Rootstock…. this controls the growth habit of the tree.
- Part 2 …The Scion wood this also means the variety of the tree (like "Honeycrisp", for example).
- Also referred to as Budagovsky 9 or (B-9), Malling 26 or (M26), Geneva 41 or (G41).
- 8-10’ Tall, very easy to prune, thin and pick, need support.
- These trees will want to produce fruit in the 1st or 2nd year Instant gratification. 1-2 bushels in 3-4 year.
- M-7 or EMLA 7 Malling 7.
- 15’ tall, do not need support, fruit production 4-6 years, about 3-4 bushels.
- Columbia Crab is one of the primary Rootstocks.
- 25’ tall, does not need to be supported, hard to prune and pick, produces 7 bushels of apples.
2023 Pricing Guide
Pricing & Discounts
Estimated Tree Sizes at Spring Pick Up Time (caliper = diameter)
- Dwarf ½” caliper – approximate height: 4’ tall. $34.99/ea.
- Semi Dwarf 9/16″ caliper to 7/8” – approximate height: 7-8’ tall. $44.99/ea.
- Standard 9/16″ caliper to 7/8” – approximate height: 7-8’ tall. $44.99/ea.
- Over 50 trees- Give us a call! 218-670-1232
Deer Food Plot $239.99
Choosing Cold Hardiness Growing Zone
You must determine in which zone your trees will reside. We will then ensure you get the trees with the highest likelihood of success!