Well, I’m getting a practical lesson here!
I ordered an apricot tree, a pear tree and a plum tree. My husband gave me that look, lol. Too late, they are on their way. I ordered from Jungs because they are just a town away. Plus there was no shipping and since I know people that work there and am familiar with the company, I know the product is in A1 condition.
Cross pollination is required on most of them. That is why I got three different trees. Maybe not the recommended ones, but those were out of stock. Now I want to find bee friendly flowers to plant at the bases of each tree. I figure I’d get lots of pollination happening!
HOW TO PLANT FRUIT TREES
Growing fruit is one of the most efficient forms of gardening. Once the trees are established you can expect an abundant supply for decades with only a little pruning and mulching to keep them happy.
Getting sufficient water and nutrients in the first few months after planting is essential and that’s why the timing is crucial. The number one priority is helping your new tree establish a healthy root system. The best time to plant bare-rooted trees is towards the end of winter or the first half of spring, once the ground is no longer frozen so it can be easily dug but before new growth starts.
You will need to plant them quickly once they arrive—usually within a couple of days, though it’s possible to pack the roots with moist earth to extend this period if conditions outside aren’t favorable.
WHERE TO PLANT A FRUIT TREE
Fruit trees don’t like to be moved so it is important to get the location right first time. Things to consider are:
- Sun or Partial Shade: Nearly all fruit trees require plenty of sun but by carefully scouring catalogs you’ll find there are some less well-know varieties that are tolerant of partial shade. Don’t just consider the ground; it’s the leaves that need sun and this often opens up possibilities for otherwise unproductive areas.
- Soil: Check our Fruit Growing Guides to better understand which soil the fruit tree requires. Most will want free-draining soil, enriched with compost. Avoid areas that regularly flood or higher ground that dries out quickly.
- Wind and Snow: Be aware of the direction of prevailing wind and any large buildings nearby. A wall or fence may create a sheltered environment perfect for heat-loving fruits, or it could funnel icy winds during winter. Roofs can dump a ton of snow on an unsuspecting tree below, snapping its branches. Observe your garden closely to choose the best spot.
- Other Plants: Trees are remarkably good at drawing up nutrients and water from the surrounding area. Unless you’re using raised beds, remember that a nearby fruit tree or bush may compete with your other plants.
I’ll totally make the window for planting. The plants should be here in a couple of days. I’ll be working on getting the soil in good shape until then. I’ll spread them out in my yard so there is no competition between them.
Hopefully they will do well. The pears are a dwarf variety and I know they do well in the area. Also, the plums flourish in the area, just none in my yard. And I love apricots! When I was in kindergarten my next door neighbor had an apricot orchard and I was allowed free reign to climb, play and munch on apricots.
That’s why I ordered an apricot tree. Hopefully they do as well here as they did in Illinois where I grew up! I post pictures of the trees when they are planted and keep you updated.