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Planting a Bare-Rooted Fruit Tree

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Growing fruits is surprisingly easy-aside from annual pruning and an intelligent program of pest and disease control, there is little of the day-to-day care required by some vegetables and flowers. In addition, many fruits are little affected by moderate fluctuations in weather. If you follow these easy how to steps when planting your bare-rooted fruit tree, you will soon be harvesting succulent fruits for your family.

Things You Will Need

Fruit Tree
Two Stakes
Wire or Twine

Step 1

In a hole twice the width of the plant's root spread, mound up soil at the bottom, dampen it, and set the tree roots on it so that the graft union lines up at 3 or 4 inches above ground level; cut off any withered or broken roots.

Step 2

Fill the hole, gently pressing down on the soil with your hands as you go and taking care to leave no air pockets around roots; mound soil around the tree about 3 inches above ground level, leaving the graft union 1 inch above ground level; water well.

Step 3

Create a shallow, doughnut-shaped dish in the soil around the tree; drive two stakes into the ground on either side of the tree and stretch wires from the stakes to the tree, covering the wires with hose where they touch the tree.

Fruit trees usually grow about as wide as they do tall, so determine the mature height of the varieties you are planting, and space the young trees so that at full size their outer branches will come just short of touching the branches of the next tree over.

Tips & Warnings

In warm-winter areas, bare-rooted trees can be planted in autumn, when leaves have just begun to fall.



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