Growing Your Own Fruit
Spring is as important time for setting out new fruit trees. Early spring planting gives young new fruit trees time to get a head start in their new home before hot summer weather shows up. That increases your new tree’s chances for success.
Variety selection is generally at its best, including options with both container grown trees and something known as bare root trees. Most people are probably familiar with container grown trees. Simply put, they are trees growing in a pot. Given proper care, we can have container grown fruit trees available 365 days a year…and generally we do. Bare root fruit trees are a little different.
That term, “bare root”, actually does a pretty good job of describing what we are talking about. These trees have been dug out of the ground during the winter and all excess soil is removed from their roots. They actually now have bare roots. They are kept dormant by then placing them in them in large coolers that keep the temperatures just above freezing, mimicking winter-like conditions. Throughout their storage time, conditions are carefully monitored and the exposed roots are water on a regular basis to keep them from drying out.
We do both at Skinner’s.
We have container grown fruit trees in stock, off and on during most of the year. Bare root fruit trees however, are a spring only item. Eventually, even trees in a cooler begin to sense spring and need to be planted out.
Both types make for good trees to plant out. Our bare root trees are usually only about one year younger than their potted counterpart. They are generally considerably cheaper than the potted version, and because there is no pot full of soil, they are also easier to haul home. Planting and post-planting care is essentially the same for both as is overall transplant success.
More important that which type you are going to plant, is what varieties you are going to choose ton include in your home orchard? There many different types of fruit trees we can grow here, including apples, peaches, pears, cherries, nectarines, apricots and plums as well as other lesser known fruit trees and even nut trees. All have pros and cons that should be considered as well as cultural information that is important for success. We can help you work out that information. There are a couple of good links below that may help as well. One is to a K-State Extension publication that goes through some of the basics of fruit gardening. The other is a link to the “Edible” section of our catalog. It lists and describes a long list of tasty fruit tree choices.
Now, all you need to do is decide what kind of fruit you want to enjoy. Have fun!