Improved Green Globe

Plant in the Fall for Spring harvest. Allow ample room. Can grow to 4 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide. Treat as an annual. Plant one for dried flowers also. Produces: Spring.




U.C. '72'

Takes 2-3 years to come into production, so start now! High production, large sized, and does well in interior valleys & coastal area. Highly ornamental as well as edible! Vigorous grower. Produces: March-April.




Victoria Cherry

Deep red color & vigorous thick stalks that are 'tart'! Grows well in all climates, but prefers rich, moist soil, some shade and good drainage. Excellent for pies, sauces & canning.


Cheryl's Quick-n-Easy Rhubarb Coffee Cake

1/2 cup shortening                  
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar           
1 egg
2-1/2 cups sifted flour            
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. Salt                               
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. Vanilla                          
2 cups finely cut rhubarb
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1/2 cup sugar + 1 tbsp. Cinnamon.                

In large bowl, cream shortening with sugar, add egg. Sift together dry ingredients: add alternately with buttermilk to shortening mixture. Add rhubarb, nuts & vanilla. Blend sugar & cinnamon. Put 2/3 topping mixture into greased & floured 12 cup Bundt pan. Pour in batter. Sprinkle with remaining topping mixture. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cake test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn over onto wire rack or serving plate to complete cooling. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, if desired.


Rhubarb Custard Pie

3 eggs, slightly beaten
2 2/3 Tbsp milk
2 cups flour
4 Tbsp flour
¾ tsp nutmeg             
4 cups fresh rhubarb, cut in ¼" slices

 Line 9" pie pan with homemade or purchased pie crust dough. Combine first five ingredients and stir in rhubarb. Pour into crust and bake at 400° for 50-60 minutes. Serve when just cool and store leftovers, if any, in the refrigerator.








Deciduous fruit






Specialty Fruit

Chill Hours

Cold chill hours can be a little confusing. Basically they are the number of hours below 45°F subtracting the number of hours above 60°F between the months of November and February.

If you live in or around any of these areas, your average chill hours are:

  • Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara: ± 300 Hours
  • San Fernando Valley, Fillmore, Simi Valley: ± 800 Hours or less
  • Santa Clarita, Lancaster: 800 Hours or more

There is no simple test for "Chill Hours" and they are calculated as an average. Each winter season differs in total chill hours accumulated, which can affect fruit production. Most of the fruit trees we carry at Otto & Sons are classified as low chill requirement and are better matched for our Southern California chill hours.