Welcome to the Five Aces Breeding LLC Website!
Five Aces is a private plant breeding company located in Western Maryland’s Garrett County. We breed small fruit and flower species for our own and our client’s varietal improvement programs. Five Aces contracts on an exclusive basis and our contract varieties are proprietary. We do have a small nursery and offer small amounts of varieties, including some from the University of Maryland small fruits breeding program; from which, this company was formed in 2002.
Our main operation is located at 2800 ft (900m) elevation near the top of Backbone Mountain, a ridge that includes the highest elevation in Maryland. Garrett County is really on a plateau in the Appalachian Mountain chain. Our “mountain ridges” are similar to many in the range, except that they are not divided by deep river valleys. As a result, most of the area is rolling and above 2500 ft elevation. Thus, we have a unique climate in the mid Atlantic states, with an average daytime high in the warmest part of our summer of 79 F (26 C). Of course few good temperatures go unpunished, to paraphrase a bit, and we commonly experience subzero temperatures and last year we had 266 inches (> 7 meters) of snowfall. Our cool summer weather allows summer long small fruit production and our flower size is typical of that in northern maritime zones. Fall raspberry fruit size is 4 to 5 grams, for example. Everbearing strawberries average 10 to 15 grams and typically yield 1.5 lbs/plant the first year on newly planted plugs, which we offer for local sale.