What Time of Year Do You Plant Fruit Trees?


what time of year do you plan fruit


if you've decided to plant a fruit tree

or to start a home orchard with several

trees choosing the best time for

planting can be a key to success you

have a few options depending on the

climate in your areas of strength

planting works well in most locations

but you can also plant an early fall of

your winters aren't too severe the type

of tree you start with container grown

or bare root can also affect your

planting schedule

spring planting

in all parts of the United States you

could plant container-grown fruit trees

and spring plant as early as possible

whenever your soil conditions allow

digging air temperatures are still cool

by planting in early spring the tree has

time to put out new roots before the air

temperature rises and stimulates dormant

buds to swell and open if your area is

subject to sub-freezing winter

temperatures wait until the ground is no

longer frozen and you can gain easily

pick a time when the soil is lightly

moist but not soggy squeeze a clump of

soil in your hand if it holds together

but doesn't release any water it's

suitable for planting


fala planning

Paul is also a suitable time to plant

pilot fruit trees in certain parts of

the country where winter temperatures

are moderately cold but sub-freezing

periods are shorter around for example

fall planting usually works well on US

Department of Agriculture Plant

Hardiness zone 10 where winter

temperatures fall as low as 30 degrees

Fahrenheit for short periods planning

during cool fall temperatures minimizes

stress on the young tree while allowing

enough time for roots to grow before

winter arrives the tree enters dormancy

over winter then puts out strong new

growth the following spring fall

planting also lets the tree of boiling

hot drying temperatures of summer

lettuce prim planted tree encounters

bare root trees


fruit trees are often available from

nurseries or volume centers as buried

specimens there unpiloted dormant with

no green top growth whether purchased in

spring or fall

these trees must be planted as soon as

possible to avoid drying of the roots

which can jeopardize the trees ability

to grow wrap the roots in a wet towel

until planting and set the tree into the

garden within a day or two a purchase if

planting must be delayed you can

temporarily heal in the tree for a week

or two by digging a shallow trench

covering roots with soil or compost and

keeping them moist until planting


planting and watering


planted a tree in a hole that's about

twice the size of the root ball for bare

root trees the root cluster keeping the

plant at the same depth as it was

planted previously if it's a grafted

tree ensure that the grafting scar in

two to four inches above the soil

orienting the notch left protrudes at

the graft union toward the Northeast

this minimizes Sun score partially

backfill the hole with compost amended

soil tamp it down

flood the hole with water to remove air

pockets around the roots then finish

filling the hole in water of the tree

again water the tree every few days for

the first several weeks then provides

supplemental water as needed aiming for

at least one inch of water weekly

including rain during the first few