Bare Root Fruit Tree Planting Guidelines

Planting bare root fruit trees is something that many gardeners may be unfamiliar with. Though there are many benefits to selecting bare root fruit trees, it is important to know how to best care for them, especially if you are planting bare root fruit trees in clay soil. The experts at Summerwinds Nursery can help you select the best trees for your yard, help you decide when to plant bare root fruit trees, and teach you about watering bare root fruit trees. With a little help from our experts, you will know all there is to know about how to plant bare root fruit trees and see just how simple and rewarding it can be.

How to Plant Bare Root Fruit Trees:

All SummerWinds Bare Root Fruit Trees come pre-potted in a biodegradable fiber pot.

Pulp Pot Biodegradeable Pot
    Evaluate your soil - when planting and watering bare root fruit trees, it is important to know how well the soil drains and if it is a slow or fast draining soil.
      How to test your soil:
    • First dig a hole about 1 foot deep and fill it with water. Let the water drain, and then fill the hole with water again. If the water takes longer than 3 to 4 hours to drain on the 1st or 2nd filling, the soil is not well draining and you should find another place to plant your tree. If this is your only option for placement, try planting the tree on a slight mound above the soil level to help improve drainage.
    • This process also helps to determine whether the soil is fast draining or slow draining. If you have fast draining soil, it can dry out quickly in hot weather. Slow draining soils, on the other hand can become over saturated by rainfall or landscape watering, which can deprive the tree's roots of oxygen. Keep this in mind when determining how often to water your trees.
    • Whether you’re planting bare root fruit trees in clay soil, or fast draining soil our Trusted Garden Advisors can help recommend which rootstocks will thrive in your soil.
  • As a rule of thumb, always dig a hole that is twice as wide and once as deep as the pulp pot.  This will allow the root system to spread naturally.
  • Place your fruit tree in the hole in the fiber pot it came in and back fill with the excess soil. You do not want to bury any part of the trunk. 
Watering Bare Root Fruit Trees
    Watering bare root fruit trees
  • Water your tree thoroughly after planting to ensure that any air pockets are filled in with soil/amendment. Run the irrigation system regularly, if you have one, making sure each tree gets at least 2 gallons of water.
  • Once the tree is watered and the tree has settled a bit, you might need to come back and straighten the tree or add more dirt if it has settled.
  • Water again after several inches of new growth. Make sure you reduce the amount of water that directly hits the trunk. This will cause the trunk to soften and could lead to disease. To further prevent disease, ensure that water does not stand around the base of the tree for more than one day.
    Additional Care
  • It is important to add mulch to the base of your tree. Any type of organic matter will work. Be sure to keep mulch a few inches away from the base of the tree and about 3 to 4 inches deep. Spread the mulch so it covers the entire area under the tree's canopy.
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At SummerWinds Nursery, we pride ourselves on having the best products and most knowledgeable staff. Stop in today and let one of our Trusted Garden Advisors show you how to plant bare root fruit trees in your own back yard!