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Tricia plants a bare root fruit tree in our new video, using the latest techniques.
Things change. Advice for planting bare root trees has changed too.
Colorado State University studied root growth in fruit trees. They have a planting technique that expands root growth by 400%.
Tricia plants a bare root tree the new way in our latest video. No more deep holes here, the new method calls for a shallow, saucer-shaped hole that is three times as wide as the tree roots.
These standards have been adopted industry wide, including endorsement by the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
Our complete directions on how to plant a bare root tree are in our downloadable PDF Growing Guide, Fruit & Nut Trees.
MULCHING NEWLY PLANTED TREES
Colorado State warns against mulching around the base of the new tree:
With newly planted trees, do NOT place mulch directly over the root ball. Rather, mulch the backfill area and beyond. Never place mulch up against the trunk as this may lead to bark decay. Over the backfill area and beyond, 3-4 inches of wood chip mulch gives better weed control and prevents additional soil compaction from foot traffic.
There’s an epidemic of over-mulching trees. Some call it “volcano mulching”. Make sure it doesn’t happen on your property!
BARE ROOT TREE SEASON IS DECEMBER & JANUARY
Whether you want to try the new-fangled planting method from Colorado State, or go with the traditional way, be sure to take advantage of one of the great bargains in food production—bare root trees.
Someday you could be looking at your own almond trees in bloom!
Peacotum bare root tree Says:
Jan 26th, 2012 at 4:41 pm
I bought a bare root tree (a peacotum-peach x apricot x plum cross) from this company two weeks ago. It was too cold and windy to plant it directly to the ground, therefore I decided to plant it in a pot and I store it inside my garage.
My question is, was this the right thing to do?
When do peacotum trees start to leaf out?
Stephanie from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jan 27th, 2012 at 11:08 am
Your tree should be just fine in the garage as long as the temperatures stay roughly between fourty-five and thirty-eight degrees, that way the tree’s roots won’t freeze and the tree won’t get warm enough to break dormancy.
From the 500 chill hours I am guessing it will leaf out with Pluots and Japanese Plums. Peacotums are a brand new interspecific, looking at the pictures the leaves look like fat peach leaves. From the reading I’ve done, fruit tastes more Pluot-like when it is young (shipping ripe) and more peachy as it matures (soft-ripe). The flesh is peach-like in texture and juicyness and the skin has a little bit of fuzz.
Feb 1st, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I am a gardener, I have some news for all the gardeners and to groworganic.com
Did you know that the United States Department of Agriculture updated their plant hardiness Zone map. They updated last week.
Charlotte, Peaceful Valley Says:
Oct 5th, 2012 at 11:41 pm
Thank you, Ulises!