Your plant has just arrived at your door step, its had quite a long journey. Going from an environment like our greenhouses to its brand new home can be quite stressful. The first thing that you should do is unbox and remove all packing materials from the plant very carefully. We try our best to make sure your plant has been packaged to the best of our abilities so they are able to survive the carrier hardships that is shipping. With all that in mind being patient while unpackaging your tree, shrub, bare root or ornamental greenery will help ensure the entirety of the plant. Once the plant is safely removed from its box and you have successfully removed all packaging materials, they could use a little drink. Give your new plant a good soak or water until excess flows out from under the pot. If you're ready to plant do so immediately after receiving your order and follow our planting instructions that can be found at our website. If temperatures do not allow you to do so, still water the plant and place in either a garage or a well secluded area till you are ready to plant it.
Dig a hole about a foot wider than the diameter of the root ball.
The hole must be wide enough to allow the root system to fit without roots wrapping around the edge of the hole in a circle.
The hole should be deep enough to allow the tree to be planted with the graft union two to three inches above ground. This planting depth is critical for trees on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstocks. If the tree is planted too deep and the graft union is below the soil line, the scion variety will form roots and the tree will become a standard-sized tree.
Make a mound of soil a few inches high in the bottom of the hole with the soil you dug out. Pat the soil down.
Carefully place your fruit tree into the hole, centered on the mound and spreading its roots. It is better to plant a little high than low since trees often settle.
Fill the hole with clean topsoil, carefully covering over the roots.
Pack the soil in by gently stamping it down with your feet.
Water the tree with two to five gallons of water, poured slowly enough so that water doesn’t run off.
All newly planted fruit trees benefit from being staked.This will result in a straighter tree with more growth. Staking is especially important for trees planted on a wind-blown site and for dwarf trees. Consider a strong permanent stake for dwarf fruit trees.
Weeds compete with young trees for water and nutrients. A weed-free zone should be established at the base of the tree that extends out to form a circle with a diameter of two to three feet.
Mulch, herbicide or cultivation may be used to prevent weeds.
- Unpackage delicately
- Remove all packaging materials (i.e. Plastic bags, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc)
- Water thoroughly
- Plant immediately if able
- If receiving dormant plants in winter season and not ready to plant, place in a cool dark environment to not break dormancy. Once warmer temps permit, plant as normal and water thoroughly.