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The Best Times to Plant Fruit Trees

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Fruit trees are a welcome addition to the home landscape. They bloom profusely in spring with sweetly scented flowers and produce edible fruit in late summer and fall. Many varieties are available in dwarf form, which make them easier to prune, train and harvest. Treat them well by planting at the proper time and your fruit trees will live for many years.

Spring

Plant bare root or balled and burlapped fruit trees approximately one month before the average date of your last killing spring frost. This includes all deciduous, non-tropical fruits, such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, apricots and plums.

Autumn

Fruit trees with bare roots or those that are balled and burlapped can be planted in fall approximately one month after the first hard freeze of the season. With the exception of frost-sensitive tropical fruits, you can now safely plant all deciduous trees such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, apricots and plums.

Spring, Summer, Fall

Some varieties of fruit trees, such as apples, are available growing in containers. Because these trees are already in active growth, they can be safely planted anytime during the growing season when temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s or cooler for two to three weeks after planting.

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