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GROWING FRUIT TREES:
How to Plant Fruit Trees:
When it comes to planting fruit trees there are a few important things you should know before digging any holes.
- Start by choosing fruit tree varieties that grow well in your Growing Zone.
- Select a sunny, well-drained location for your new fruit tree.
- Want to plant your tree in unwell-drained soil? Build up the area by adding 12-18 inches of native soil from another place in your yard and place it on top of the area you want to plant.
- Check the air circulation of the area you want to plant. Good airflow means fewer chances of your tree catching a disease.
- Now dig your hole. Container Fruit Trees:You want the hole to be roughly the same height as the container it came in, and twice as wide. Bare Root Fruit Trees: Hold up the tree and measure the roots to see how deep your hole should be. Then double the measurement of depth to determine how wide your hole should be. If the hole is 12" deep, your hole should be 24" wide.
- Gently remove your new fruit tree from its container and tease the roots. Bare Root Fruit Tree: place in a bucket of water until its ready to go in the ground.
- Place your new Cherry Tree (or other fruit tree variety) in the freshly dug hole and gently backfill the area with soil.
- Completely saturate the soil after placing your tree in the ground to settle the soil in around the roots. (This helps eliminate air pockets)
- From the base of the tree, not the foliage, add water as needed.
- There is no need to amend the soil, but all trees love a 3-4 inch layer of arborist wood chips over the roots.
When to Plant Fruit Trees:
Timing is an important factor when planting your new Fruit tree. If you have ordered one of our Bare Root fruit trees, you’re going to want to plant it in the soil as soon as possible. If you have ordered a containerized plant tree you can plant it anytime during the growing season.
#ProPlantTip: The key to successfully transplanting is careful attention to the watering detail. Adding water to the soil, as needed, will help the plant start growing roots into the soil.
How Far Apart to Plant Fruit Trees:
When planting your new Tropical Fruit tree or other variety of fruit trees, there are 2 ways that you can plant the tree.
- If you are planting several trees at the same time, plant them closer together. You can even plant 2 fruit trees in the same hole so that one pollinates the other, and only taking up space for one fruit tree!
- Look at the mature fruit tree size and space them from one another. A standard-sized fruit tree can be planted 25-30 ft. apart and a semi-dwarf fruit tree can be spaced 12-15 feet apart.
When to Prune Fruit Trees and Pick Harvests:
It’s a good idea to prune fruit trees when they are dormant in late winter. However, many times nurseries will take care of the initial pruning of the dormant fruit trees for you. If your fruit tree comes in with long branches and is over 3 ft. tall, prune the tree to knee-high height and cut the side branches back by at least 2/3rds to promote new growth.