Planting Fruit Trees
Autumn is the perfect time to think about planting fruit trees. Generally the trees are now becoming 'dormant', so this is a good time to move them into position. Trees may be purchased as bare root or potted.
Aspect - choose a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden. Fruit trees like well drained soil.
Planting - make a generous hole for the tree - we recommend at least a third bigger than the roots, so they have room to stretch and grow. To enhance the root growth and to develop a stronger tree, we recommend a mycorrhizal fungi (Rootgrow). Make sure that the roots are well covered, down to the depth of the compost if they are potted, or if they are bare root look to see where the tree was planted in the nursery (you should see the dirt mark) and plant to this depth.
Food and Water - fruit trees will benefit from having well rotted manure or compost dug into the hole when planting. Trees must be watered well, especially in their first year, until the roots are established. They may also benefit from a handful of bonemeal which is a slow release fertiliser. If you are planting a bare root tree, it will benefit from being soaked in a bucket of water before planting.
Aftercare - stake the young fruit tree and use a tree tie to hold it in place. Make sure this is checked regularly in case it gets too tight. A tree stake should be used for the first two years, until the tree is properly established.
Pots - fruit trees can also be grown in pots - there are many dwarf varieties that are perfect for this. Use a pot that gives the plant plenty of room for root growth. Plant as above, using a soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3. Again the tree would benefit from using the mycorrhizal fungi and bonemeal treatments. Potted trees will need more careful watering as they will be more prone to drying out.
Enjoy your own home grown fruit!