What Fruit Tree should you Plant?
Fruit trees have become a popular choice for backyard gardens in recent years. Understanding the conditions of your yard, the requirements of each variety of tree, as well as proper care of the tree is important.
Not all fruit trees will be suited to your landscape or needs so research the tree you are interested in and follow the advice of our Horticultural expertise and your tree will thrive.
Growing productive fruit trees can take time but the rewards are many!
Some cultivars will need a second tree in order to pollinate and set fruit. You can purchase trees that have multiple varieties grafted onto the same tree that will pollinate themselves.
How to Plant
The best time to plant fruit trees is the spring to give them a chance to establish themselves before the winter season.
Dig a hole the same height and twice the width of the pot you tree came in.
Prepare a soil mixture of 2 parts topsoil or black earth and 1 part peat moss and 1 part manure or other organic material.
Place a couple of handfuls of soil mixture in the bottom of hole with about on half of a cup of bone meal.
Remove plant from pot and set plant in hole. Do not plant with the soil above the graft.
Add soil mixture to fill hole, tamping down soil to remove air pockets.
Leave a slight depression around plant and add liquid transplanter fertilizer.
Because fruit trees tend to be top heavy, they should be staked for support.
To keep the moisture in, the soil around the tree can be covered with mulch (bark, stone or cocoa mulch).
Cover the bark with plastic tree protectors to protect against rodent damage on younger trees.