I shared with you last week how to choose fruit trees for your home orchard. I promised you this week I would walk you through the process of how to plant fruit trees. I am no expert in this, since we are just starting ourselves, but there are a few important things to know when planting fruit trees that will make your experience successful. Experience is the best teacher in my opinion.
How to Plant Fruit Trees
1. Unwrap trees if they are bare root and let roots soak in water 1-2 hours before planting. I used a large wheelbarrow for this. You could also use a trash can.
2. Dig a large hole. It’s helpful to measure how deep and wide the roots are for each tree. You want plenty of room for the root system, so make sure the hole is big enough for roots to not be cramped. Our holes were a couple of feet deep and wide. Poor hubs was wet with sweat after this step. I only dug 2 out of 7 holes. Hey, I tried.
3. Fill bottom with loose topsoil.
4. Place tree in hole making sure roots are spread out and not cramped.
5. Pay special attention to the bud union. It is a bump on the bottom of a grafted tree where the angle and color changes a bit. For dwarf trees the bud union needs to be planted 2-3 inches above the soil line. For standard trees, the bud union should still be above the ground, but 1-2 inches deeper than the soil lines where they were planted in the nursery. My trees were dwarf, so we planted them 2-3 inches above the ground.
6. Work loose soil around the roots and fill back in the hole, slightly tamping down to prevent air pockets.
7. Water thoroughly with a good soaking. Fruit trees don’t like to be super wet, but they do need a good thorough soaking to get started.
You’re done! See? That wasn’t too difficult! Now take off those tags on the tree, and watch your new baby tree grow. It may be helpful to protect your new tree with a loose plastic sleeve to go around the bottom so that it doesn’t get dinged and damaged. Happy growing!
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