The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. — Chinese Proverb
We planted a Red Gold Nectarine and a Summer Crisp Pear. Varieties that are both well-suited to our climate, and they were grown by our local providers at Tooley’s Trees.
When choosing and planting a fruit tree, be aware of the following factors:
- The number of chill hours the variety requires
- Be cognizant of the landscape location where the tree is planted; stay away from South-facing slopes, as your tree is likely to break dormancy too soon.
- In our case the pear flowers later than the nectarine, so we put it in a sunnier winter-spring location. This way breaking dormancy early is less-likely to result in fruit loss from spring frost.
- Don’t put a bunch of soil amendments in the hole, as the tree will not spread it’s roots into the poorer surrounding soil
- Keep the first branching lateral roots close to the surface.
- Spread the roots out in all directions in a mat-like structure surrounding the tree. Imagine a tree canopy that expands in all directions; you want the tree to replicate the same pattern underground.
- Lift the upper roots as you bury the lower roots, then release and bury on top of lower roots.