Dig a hole as deep as the pot (no deeper) and at least a foot wider.
Mix organic matter such as peat moss, topsoil, or compost into the soil
that you remove from the hole. Backfill with this mixture and firm
around the roots. The top of the rootball should be level with the top of
Water with plain water until the rootball is saturated. After saturation,
water your new fruit tree with a solution of PLANT STARTER (3 oz. /
gallon). One to two gallons will be ample.
Use PLANT STARTER once per week for the next two weeks.
Fruit trees are tempermental until the roots become established. Be
faithful in watering every week in the spring and twice per week in the
summer. If you cannot water, please choose another type of plant that
can better tolerate drought. A slow trickle or soaker hose left on for a
few hours at a time is a wonderful way to water. Please be generous
with water, especially in sandy soil.
Cherries, apples and pears grow fine in clay soil. However, peaches
and nectarines prefer a sandier soil with better drainage.
Rabbits and deer love the tender bark of young fruit trees. Protect with
plastic tree wrap and spray with deer/rabbit repellant.
Keep grass away from the base of your tree. Grass competes with the
tree for moisture and nutrients. Mulch around the root zone with
shredded bark, straw or pine needles. However, remember to not
mound the mulch against the trunk. This will cause fungal and insect
When selecting a fruit tree, be aware that some need
other varieties to make fruit and others do not.
Fruits that DO need another variety: Apples, Pears, Most
Fruits that DO NOT need another variety: Sour Cherries,
Nectarines, Plums, Peaches and recently some new sweet
Even though you may not NEED another variety for
pollination, its still a good idea to plant at least two or
three of that species. When more than one tree is
present, pollination is much better, usually producing
more fruit and bigger fruit.
Pruning is a little different depending on the size, age and
species of fruit that you are pruning. I recommend
purchasing a homeowners guide and following the
illustrated instructions given. ORTHO produces a great
pruning guide that is easy to follow. Amazon.com has all
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