So I started a tree nursery here in Missoula, MT. I figured I'd post about it here in the Missoula forum because many of the trees and plants were grown from locally gathered seed, and because all sales are local pick-up only and I currently am not shipping.
I have a ton of fruit and nut trees, like 50 different varieties, some available in pots but mostly bare-root.
Quick update, your crabapple seedlings are growing amazingly Abe....thank you again! Lovely, quick growing, healthy trees. I'm really excited thinking about what they'll look like in a few years' time. I can't wait to start cooking with them and I'm sure my wildlife will appreciate them as much as I will.
I see your Hawthorns are sold out. We have a red Hawthorn, but it has never reproduced even though it makes lots of seeds every year. There are plenty of other Hawthorn trees around our neighborhood.
How can we get a start from it?
Hawthorns need like 4+ months of cold stratification, and some types may even need a cold/warm/cold stratification. Basically you plant the seeds in an outdoor seedbed, keep the weeds out of it the first year, and hopefully the second year you'll have a bunch of hawthorns germinate.
You also might have some success grafting hawthorn onto something easier to grow from seed like apples or pears.