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How to Plant a Bare Root Fruit Tree

By on January 11, 2012

In this video, Tricia shows you how to plant a bare root fruit tree.

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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?
How do the leaves look like? Do they look like a peach? or and apricot? or like the plum?  What about the fruit?

Posted by Peacotum bare root tree on Jan. 26, 2012 at 3:41:31 PM

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.

Posted by on Jan. 27, 2012 at 10:08:50 AM


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Posted by Ulises on Feb. 01, 2012 at 1:58:45 PM


Thank you, Ulises!

Posted by Charlotte, Peaceful Valley on Oct. 05, 2012 at 11:41:51 PM


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21823 215th Ave SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Posted by Will be planting 10 fruit and nut trees. Howfar a on Dec. 23, 2013 at 3:01:15 PM


I live in Mount Shasta and my bare root fruit trees arrived a couple of days ago.  Our soil is frozen currently and I don’t see it thawing anytime soon (just the top couple of inches).  Is it o.k. to plant our trees now in these cold temperatures or do they need to be stored in a garage with sligtly warmer soil temperatures. 
We’ve already planted several of the trees, and are concerned that we may have made a big mistake.  What should we do?

Posted by Drey on Jan. 09, 2014 at 10:36:40 PM

Hello Drey, the trees will likely be just fine. Remember, we have a bare root guarantee so if they don’t leaf out in spring contact our customer service before June 1st and you’ll get a credit for the trees. You’re digging below the frozen soil (I’m assuming) so the trees will be fine. If you’re not sure you can heel the trees in. We have a video on instruction on how to heel in trees as well.

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:17:04 AM


I recently planted my two new bare-root cherries. Please confirm that I do not prune these trees now. I am in So California, if location matters. Thanks, Ann

Posted by Ann on Jan. 22, 2014 at 1:15:43 PM

Hello Ann, Yes, you don’t need to prune them now, but you could. Since you are in Southern California which is a very dry climate there is little danger of waterborn disease which is the primary reason for summer pruning apricots and cherries. The other perk of summer pruning is size control, so if you want smaller trees go ahead and summer prune.

Posted by on Feb. 07, 2014 at 8:07:57 AM


Hello, we are getting ready to plant our bare root trees in Washington State - we are wondering if it would be a good idea to mix compost dirt into the soil when we plant them - our existing soil tends to be sandy and rocky. Is that okay?

Posted by Holiday Van Erem on Feb. 10, 2014 at 5:27:03 PM


I bought 2 bare root cherry trees long does it take for them to starting to show life.. and leaf or bud out….thank you

Posted by Abel on Apr. 20, 2014 at 10:46:40 AM

Hello Holiday,

Sandy and rocky should be fine. Just make sure you fertilize the trees once they leaf out since that kind of soil doesn’t hold nutrients well.

Posted by on Apr. 21, 2014 at 10:16:45 AM

Hello Abel,

It depends on the weather and your area. If you bought them from us, and they haven’t leafed out call us by June 1st because they are guaranteed to leaf out by then.

Posted by on Apr. 21, 2014 at 10:21:04 AM


I bought 2 bare root cherry trees about a month ago.. i check for life by cutting a pieace off the tips. and i realized my tree is completly dried dead…why is all my cherry trees drying out it because of over watering or what ..i am a beginner planter on bare root trees..could yo tell me the right way t plant a bare broot cherry tree and how to water it prperly and take care of it ..i would apreciated..thank you for your time..abel form texas the panhandle…

Posted by Abel Rodriguez on Apr. 23, 2014 at 5:49:52 PM


PS…Iforgot to tell you all the cherry trees they send me is that they have a little greenn on them ..but the rooting system is damage our lake of rooting system..may be thats why the die all the time..i dont know why ..thank you . ireally need some advise…

Posted by Abel Rodriguez on Apr. 23, 2014 at 6:30:28 PM


What are some good trees to plant indoors? How would I go about growing indoor plants?

Posted by Des on Dec. 20, 2014 at 9:16:44 AM


Do you have to soak tree in water for 24 hrs before planting or can they be planted without soaking?

Posted by Sonia Preciado on Dec. 21, 2014 at 7:46:55 AM


I live in the central mountains of Idaho - 6200’elevation, experience winter lows to 40 below.  I have purchased fruit trees mail-order from Maine which are rated for low temps. but are grown at sea level.  Would it desirable for me to get trees grafted and grown at higher altitudes to suit our climate? Do you know of any mail-order co.that sell high altitude trees?

Posted by Pat on Dec. 22, 2014 at 6:05:10 AM


I just purchased bare root table grapes tree (i’m in Michigan) from you 2 days ago. I’m new to gardening, and plan on growing the fruit tree indoors(until it warms up). Can the fruit tree be grown in a smart pot indoors, if not what do you suggest. Also how large should the pot be…..thanks!!!

Posted by LATICE CARPENTER on Jan. 04, 2015 at 3:28:38 PM


My bare root trees were delivered in January on the coldest day of the year so I didn’t water them.  I put them in a huge pot together and covered with loose soil and put in my garage up on a chair.  Its been around zero for a week now, so I went to check and the soil was frozen around the trees.  Should I heel them in outside?  I could try my unheated attic instead of the garage.  I’m afraid they will die.  I didn’t get to water them one time since they arrived.  Im not sure what to do.  Pleas help!

Posted by Brian Weaver on Jan. 15, 2015 at 12:48:24 PM


I am having the exact same issue as Brian Weaver above. I heeled in the fruit trees in a bundle in my unheated garage. The compost/peat moss froze around the roots, and I am concerned they won’t leaf out. I’ve watered them, and get the soil moist, but it’s pretty much a brick now.

Posted by Paul Donovan on Feb. 11, 2015 at 12:09:51 PM


Brian and Paul, I just received 18 bare root trees and everyone thinks I’m crazy because they look outside and see a blizzard.  My top 3” of soil is frozen solid so I went out and bought black mulch. Once I laid the mulch there for insulation the ground thawed somewhat over the next couple days.  Then I proceeded to dig my holes and upon digging I noticed how incredibly warm the dirt was down in the hole.  So yes let your frozen trees thaw in a bucket of cold water and put them in ASAP.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:57:38 PM


Thanks for the advice Greg. I’m in CT, and the snow accumulation is pretty bad. Can’t access the earth very easy at all…I’m just going to hope for the best and not order from California next time.

Posted by Paul Donovan on Feb. 20, 2015 at 3:08:50 PM



I planted a variety of bare root trees this winter from Peacefull Valley- most of them are looking great! Both of my Cherry trees have leafed out- but the leaves are shriveling and falling off. What can I do to help my cherries survive?

Posted by Caitlin on May. 27, 2015 at 5:36:33 PM


hello, i got my bare root trees and they look great, planted them 2 weeks ago. but my cherry trees are budding already, is there anything i need to do, or not do to protect the trees, since our wheather is turning cold now.

Posted by ray on Jan. 04, 2016 at 7:12:41 AM


My bare-root Suncrest peach tree arrived yesterday when our temperature here in Central New York (Finger Lakes region) was about 14 degrees. It looks pretty good, and is presently soaking in a bucket of water in my bathtub, before I plant it today. The temperature is climbing toward 40 today, so I will plant my new tree in a hole it will share until spring with a volunteer peach I transplanted on Christmas Day, when it was around 60 degrees! Thankfully, I had dug wide, shallow holes for all of my new plantings (including the peach ,16 honeyberry bushes - Lonicera caerulea, and some blueberries), so there is plenty of room for both peaches in the same hole, for now. I just pray this lovely Suncrest will not have too much culture-shock, going from warm, sunny California to frigid and often dreary New York winter! At least it’s dormant for now, but I feel like I should wrap it in an electric blanket until spring! I’m REALLY looking forward to enjoying the first peach from this particular tree - I ate Suncrest peaches grown in Colorado and have wanted a Suncrest tree ever since. This will be a dream come true, if the tree thrives here.

Posted by Becky Sewell on Jan. 06, 2016 at 5:45:41 AM

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