It’s Time to Plant Fruit Trees
The first 3 months of the year may seem long, grey, and dreary, but these cold winter conditions are perfect for planting bare root fruit trees. Normally, it would be a mistake to move a tree by digging out its roots and transplanting it somewhere else, because such rough handling could easily result in the death of the plant. However, in the middle of winter when all the trees are deeply asleep it is entirely safe to move a tree wherever you want without causing it any harm at all. Later on in the spring, when your new fruit tree wakes up from its slumber, it will be pleasantly surprised to find itself in your yard.
Plant nurseries all over the world take advantage of this short dormant season of trees by selling bare root fruit trees of every kind. Bare root fruit trees are simply fruit trees that are not in a pot of soil and their roots are loose or bare. Often, the roots of a bare root fruit tree will be comfortably wrapped in a small bag of damp sawdust.
While regular potted fruit trees range in price from 40-95 dollars, bare root fruit trees range from 5-27 dollars, and are a real bargain. These trees are usually 3-4 years old, so they will produce fruit within the first year they are planted. Bare root fruit trees are frequently grafted onto a dwarf rootstalk, making the overall height of the mature tree anywhere from 5-15 feet tall to ensure an easy harvest each year. Just look for the words, “dwarf,” or “ultra-dwarf” on the tag to identify the size of the tree will grow to be.
With a little planning, and a little planting, you can supply your entire family with fresh apples every fall for a one-time fee of 15 dollars. Don’t think the apples will keep? Good news, the Fuji apple is the longest keeping apple variety of them all, and it will keep up to a full year! Homegrown apples make delicious applesauce, apple pies, apple cider, and dried apple rings, but don’t feel limited to just apples. You may also want to consider growing peaches, nectarines, cherries, figs, grapes, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pears, apricots, pomegranates, plums, mulberries, kiwis, and many other varieties of fruits, nuts, and berries. For more tips on how to choose a quality bare root fruit tree, watch my video below.
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