Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Homesteading for Beginners - Preparing Bare Root FRUIT TREES For Planting


In this first of many posts, I will share some pro tips and best practices around planting your bare root fruit trees.

If you’re like us and you order your trees from far away, these easy tips and tricks will help you ensure that your fruit trees turn out healthy and strong from the moment they arrive. I also offer up some additional options for bettering the trees’ chances of survival. Simple, yet natural things like bone meal and mycorrhiza can make all the difference. This is especially true if you’re dealing with poor soil quality and you don’t have the option to build up your soil over time with permaculture methods, like wood chips, homemade compost or hugelkultur, for example.
This is how your hardy fruit trees will look when they arrive in the mail.
Ideally, you’d want to leave it alone and let nature do its thing. But if you absolutely need to cut a few corners, it’s not the end of the world. The important thing to keep in mind here is to keep using permaculture in every application where possible. Eventually, if done correctly, your system will naturally fall inline with the teachings of permaculture.
You must be ever so careful when cutting the package open.
An important thing to note is that if there is a delay in receiving your trees in the mail, don’t panic! The tree vendor I do business with (Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery) was very reassuring in letting us know that there was nothing to worry about because of a postal strike. A good bare root tree vendor will ensure that the trees are well-packaged and set up to survive long periods in a warehouse or on a postal truck, even up to a month! They basically use moistened sawdust and lots of bubble wrap/tape to accomplish this, depending on the type of trees of course. Odds are, your trees will arrive safe and sound even if there is a delay in shipping. If you order in the fall, they will also be in a dormant state which will help keep them healthy and safe during the whole process.
Soak 'em good!
Remember that these poor little baby trees have been through a lot in their short life! They have gone from being a branch, to being a grafted scion, to being suddenly uprooted, packaged tightly with other trees, shipped miles away and then plopped back into foreign soil! It’s a lot to ask any living thing to do. So be patient and give those trees the best fighting chance they can get! Doing it right from the get-go not only protects your investment but also allows you and your family to reap the benefits for decades!
Planting bare root fruit trees is fairly easy and your trees
should come with some planting recommendations.
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Best of luck with your bare root fruit tree planting and transplanting, my friends. If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to read them. So drop us a line!


Matt Leger
Maple Grove Productions
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