How to Plant Fruit Trees

21 August 2018

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Our range of fruit trees have just arrived in our shrub areas in both Radyr and Wenvoe so we thought we would share the following advice from the BBC* about caring for fruit trees from preparing to planting to the eventual after care.

If you have any questions then you can always come in and speak to our expert staff who pride themselves on horticultural expertise.

We have over 10 varieties of apple tree along with pear, plum, cherry, damson and more! 

Can't fit a tree in your car? Not to worry, we can deliver to you! Speak with a member of our shrubs team who can find amongst the plants or in our shrub advice office. 

HOW TO PLANT AND CARE FOR A FRUIT TREE:

Preparing the tree

  • Soak the roots before planting. Bare-root trees can be planted late autumn to early winter as this is when the tree is in its dormant stage.
  • Avoid planting if there's a frost - place roots into moist soil until conditions improve.
  • Container-grown trees can be planted at any time of year except when frosty or if the soil is too dry or too wet.

Planting your tree

  • Place your tree in a sunny and sheltered position. This will maximise the time your fruit has to ripen.
  • Dig a hole a third wider than the roots and to the same depth as the tree's roots, firming the bottom of the hole into a slight mound. Insert the stake and your tree.
  • Fill in with soil and mound towards the base of the tree attaching it to the stake.
  • If you're growing your tree in a container, half fill a large tub with soil-based potting compost and place your tree on top. Fill the tub with more soil to the base of the tree, water well and feed regularly.

Fruit trees for a small space

  • A great way to make use of limited space is to train the tree along a south-facing wall or fence. Using a wall or fence allows for a longer ripening time as the wall will soak up the heat.
  • Make sure the structure is strong enough to support the tree in crop.

Aftercare

  • To protect your fruit tree from moths that will destroy the fruit and leaves, apply a grease band 45cm (18in) above soil level to the stake and trunk of your tree.
  • This is a sticky paper or glue that will stop wingless female moths being able to reach the branches of the tree to mate, of which its caterpillars will eat the leaves and fruit.
  • Grease bands should be applied late October and reapplied as necessary.
  • Additionally, apply a plant oil-based winter wash in December or January to kill off any overwintering pests.