How to Plant Potted Fruit Trees

How to Plant Potted Fruit Trees

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How to Plant Potted Fruit Trees


The journey of growing your own fruit trees is an exciting one filled with the promise of delicious harvests and the satisfaction of nurturing life from the soil up. We're committed to helping families grow thriving orchards, and here to provide you with a guide to planting and caring for your potted fruit trees.


Unpacking and Preparing for Planting:

Upon receiving your potted fruit tree, the first step is to carefully unpack it, removing the plastic bag that secures the soil during shipping. Our potted fruit trees are thoughtfully grown in containers designed to optimize tree size while ensuring safe transit. The next step is to thoroughly soak your tree with water.


Choosing the Perfect Location:

Selecting the right location for your fruit tree is crucial for its overall health and fruit quality. Aim for a spot that receives full sunlight exposure, ideally 8-10 hours per day. Thanks to their grafting on hardy rootstocks, our potted fruit trees are adaptable to various soil types and climates. Ensure the chosen location has well-draining soil to promote robust root growth.


Planting Your Tree with Care:

Prepare the planting site by digging a hole twice the volume of your tree pot. Test the soil's drainage by filling the hole with water; if drainage takes more than two hours, consider amending it with compost. One way to remedy heavy clay soil with poor drainage is to mound up the native soil with compost and mulch and then plant your tree in the well-draining mound. Once the hole has been dug, backfill with a 50/50 mix of compost and native soil so that once planted, the tree will sit flush with the native soil level.


Once your hole is prepared and you are ready to plant, gently remove the tree from its container, carefully loosening the root mass. Place the tree in the planting hole and backfill with the 50/50 compost-soil mix, providing an ideal environment for root development. Water the tree thoroughly to eliminate air pockets.


Post-Planting Tree TLC:

Safeguard the trunk from sunburn, pests, and insects with IV Organics Plant Guard tree paint and foliar spray, particularly in regions with intense sunlight.


Apply a layer of wood chips or straw around the base of the tree to insulate the roots, preserving warmth in winter and moisture in summer. Stake taller trees or those in windy areas to provide support while their roots establish, ensuring the trunk has room for gentle movement.


Keep a close eye on the tree for signs of dormancy breakage, conducting a scratch test to assess its vitality. Throughout the growing season, maintain a consistent watering schedule and fertilize with Romeo or G&B Organic fertilizer to promote vigorous growth.



With careful planning and attentive care, your potted fruit tree will flourish, rewarding you with luscious fruit and the joy of successful cultivation. Remember, nurturing a fruit tree is a journey filled with learning and growth, and we're here to support you every step of the way. For additional tips and resources, visit and embark on your fruit-growing adventure today!

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