For your fruit trees to thrive and have the greatest chance of survival, it is important to take the time to properly prepare the soil in the area where you will be planting. Below are some simple steps to ensure your plants get off to a good start.
Dig a hole at least twice as wide as the container and approximately 1 1/2 to 2 times the depth of the container. This is especially important if your ground consists of heavy clay soil. If your soil is easy to dig and drains well, you won't have to dig as deep.
Fill the hole with 1 to 2 shovels of compost to every 2 shovels of soil from the hole until the hole is just over half full. For heavy clay soils, we recommend a 50 percent compost and 50 percent original soil mix. We recommend using the Master Nursery Gold Rush. This consists of high quality Fir mulch and 15 percent Chicken Manure.
Now is the time to add Master Start (5-20-10 with iron, calcium, zinc, and manganese) or E.B. Stone Sure Start to the hole. Simply turn it into the newly mixed soil. This will ensure the plant will have the nutrients it needs for optimum growth. Important: Follow the instructions for the right amount to apply when planting.
Carefully remove the plant from the container. If necessary, cut the can. Place the plant in the center of the hole. The top of the root ball should be about level with the ground or slightly raised. Important: For trees or plants that are grafted, the graft should always be above the ground.
Continue filling the hole with the soil and compost mix until the roots are covered and the hole is completely filled. Lightly tamp the soil down to help get rid of large air pockets.
Water well immediately after planting and again the following day.
Continue to water on a regular basis. For many fruit trees, watering a couple of times a week when newly planted is sufficient. Remember when planting during warm or hot weather, your fruit trees will need to be watered several times during the first couple of weeks to keep the roots from drying out. Keep an eye on the newly planted fruit trees. They will tell you if they are not getting enough water.