How do you plant fruit trees?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 08 December 2014 10:44 am

Dig over the ground prior to planting removing all weeds and incorporate a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure. Plant the trees as soon as possible after receipt but if this is not possible they can be kept in a cool place such as a garden shed for up to a week but do keep the roots moist. For longer periods heel in the plants into a spare piece of ground or plant them in pots to prevent the roots drying out. Prior to planting soak the roots for about four hours.

Dig a hole about 15cm (6") wider than the spread of the roots and deep enough to ensure that any graft is 15cm (6") above soil level. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole as this will help the roots to establish. Place the tree in hole and spread out the roots. Fill using layers of soil, firming each layer with your foot. Water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots. We recommend the use of a support stake with a soft flexible tie.

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