Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

 Whether your just planting a few varieties in your garden or landscape, or your building an orchard in the back forty, bare root fruit trees is and excellent and inexpensive way to get started .

Getting Started

  As soon as your new trees arrive you’ll want to get them unpacked and into a bucket of water to start getting them rehydrated from they’re long journey.

 

  They should be allowed to soak for about 24 hours before planting.

 

  Note: If something comes up and you can’t start planting as planned, it’s ok to leave them in the water for a few days until you ready.

Planting

   Prepare your planting site by digging a hole roughly twice as big as the root mass.

 

Unless the ground is already saturated, now is a good time to add some water to the hole and let it soak in. Just fill about half way.

 

Place the tree in the hole and spread the roots out as best as possible to prevent them from getting entangled and choking themselves out as they grow. 

 

  Start back filling around the roots while holding the tree straight, packing the soil around the roots as you go and keeping the trunk as straight as possible.

 

  Note:   Do not add any fertilizer or amendments to the bottom of the hole as this will discourage the roots from growing down and out looking for nutrients resulting in a weak root structure.

 

  If you would like to add some compost or potting mix around your new tree, mix it into the last 2 or 3 inches of soil at the top of the hole to give it a slow boost as it gets established. But don’t over do it. 

 

Now stake it up with a 2×2 or 1/2 in. rebar stake for support on those windy days.

 

  Thoroughly water around the base to further pack the soil around the roots and get things off to a good start.

Continued Care

  Once your new tree is settled into it’s new home you’re pretty much done. Water once or twice a week ( depending on season ) as needed for about the first six weeks while the roots get established.

 

  I recommend top dressing around the base of the tree with good compost or fertilizer for your specific tree type once in the spring and again in the fall.

 

  Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come.