How to Water Newly Planted Fruit Trees


In cold climates, fruit trees should be planted in early spring. In warmer climates, fall is the best time to plant fruit trees. Of equal importance as the timing is the amount and method of watering your fruit tree should get. Deep watering is crucial for the proper establishment of the sometimes fragile fruit tree. At the same time, waterlogged soil is dangerous to the roots of fruit trees and can cause root rot. Plant your fruit tree in well-drained soil and water it properly to give it the best start in life.

Step 1

Place a layer of mulch around your newly planted tree before you water it. This will help the soil retain moisture without contributing to standing water.

Step 2

Water at the base of the tree. Try not to wet the leaves, as this can lead to the development of mold and mildew. Water in the morning so that the rising sun can evaporate any standing water that does develop.

Step 3

Water immediately after planting. Place a pan under the tree and measure the water level as you add water to the ground. Once the level has reached 2 to 3 inches, stop watering. Stop at 2 inches if the water is pooling on the ground. Deep watering ensures that the water will reach the bottom of the tree's roots.

Step 4

Watch the weather. If it rains, you should only have to water your newly planted fruit tree once every two weeks during its first growing season. If the weather is sunny and hot, however, you will need to water once a week. Give your tree 5 gallons of water in one watering every week that there is less than an inch of rain during the tree's first growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Watering tools


  • University of Maine: Planting and Early Care of Fruit Trees
  • University of Saskatchewan: Fall Care of Fruit Trees

Who Can Help

  • Michigan State University: Irrigation Table for Fruit Trees
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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.