Here is a hidden secret to orchard success: plant a bare root fruit tree instead of a potted fruit tree. Gardeners often deliberate between potted or bare root fruit trees when it comes to establishing their dream edible garden. While potted trees seem convenient with their ready-to-plant allure, the bare root variety holds advantages. Here are some reasons why planting a bare root fruit tree might just be the hidden key to creating your dream orchard.
Planting a bare root deciduous fruit tree can offer several advantages over planting a potted fruit tree. Here are 6 reasons why.
1. Establishment: Bare root fruit trees are usually younger and undergo less transplant shock compared to potted trees. They adapt more readily to new soil conditions, allowing for quicker establishment and growth.
2. Cost-effectiveness: Bare root fruit trees tend to be less expensive than potted trees because they require less growing time and materials. They're often available at nurseries during specific seasons, making them more cost-effective.
3. Ease of Handling: Bare root fruit trees are lighter and easier to transport and handle compared to potted trees, making them more convenient for planting, especially if you're working with multiple trees.
4. Adaptability: Bare root fruit trees tend to adapt better to the soil conditions of your garden, as their roots aren't constrained by the shape or size of a pot. This can lead to better nutrient uptake and overall health.
5. Pruning: Planting a bare root fruit tree allows for better control over initial pruning. You can shape the tree from the beginning, ensuring better structure and form, which can lead to healthier growth and higher yields.
6. Healthy Roots: Trees planted in containers too long sometimes become rootbound. That doesn't happen with bare root trees. You will be setting your fruit tree up for success by starting with healthy roots.
However, there are also considerations when choosing to plant a bare root fruit tree. One is the time of year. They generally need to be planted in late winter or early spring when they're dormant, while potted trees can be planted throughout the year. Additionally, the immediate appearance of a potted tree might be more appealing if you're looking for an ornamental addition to your garden right away. Bare root fruit trees start in a dormant state, and start to fill out with leaves as the months get warmer.
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