Get your fruit trees started out right:
Goodness You Can Grow™ Has Arrived!
Congratulations on your purchase of a fruit tree from Tomorrow’s Harvest® by Burchell Nursery!
We have made every effort to pack and ship your tree so that it arrives in pristine condition. If for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with the tree you received from Tomorrow’s Harvest, please let us know immediately.
- After unpacking, give the tree a light watering to settle any soil loosened during shipping.
- Place the tree in the area where it will remain and let sit for several days before transplanting. This gives it a chance to acclimatize to its new surroundings. If the tree will remain indoors, avoid placing it in the direct path of any heating or cooling vents.
- If the tree will eventually end up in a new container, be sure to keep the root ball intact and use nothing but high quality potting soil. Place the tree in the new container, or the ground, so that the top of the root ball ends up at the same height as the new soil level.
- Some leaves may have fallen off in transit, but don’t worry because the wood of the tree is still green. It will grow new leaves soon. Be sure to not over water if this is the case. An application of a water-soluble fertilizer within the first couple of weeks will help encourage new leaf growth.
- Most important, only water the tree when the root ball appears slightly dry to the touch when felt with your finger. When you do water, soak well. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Planting Your Tree
- Prep. Choose a location with plenty of sun – 6 to 8 hours a day – and with well-drained soil. If you need to improve the drainage, till or create a raised bed with good quality soil.
- Dig. Dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the roots of your tree and twice as wide. Loosen the soil along the bottom and sides of the hole. Water the hole and allow the water to soak in. Sprinkle compost on the bottom of the hole. Add some dirt back into the hole, making a cone or mound in the center.
- Set. Set the tree in the hole, with the root ball on top of the mound. Be sure the graft line of the tree will be 3” to 4” above the ground once the hole is filled in. Position the trunk so that the bend just above the graft is facing north or northeast, to protect it from the sun. Very gently spread the roots in all directions around the mound. Angle the tree several inches into the direction of the wind. (Over time, as the tree grows, the wind will push it back straight.)
- Fill. Fill the hole with the dirt you removed. Gently pat the dirt with your foot to remove all air pockets. Overfill the hole so the soil is a couple of inches above ground level, as it will settle when watered.
- Water. Water the newly planted area so that the soil fills in around the tree’s roots. Gently firm the soil with your foot. Repeat until the soil gets close to ground level.
- Stake. Stake the young tree to help stabilize it, especially if it’s planted in a sloping or windy area. Loosely tie the tree to the stake with a soft piece of cloth or a rubber tie, allowing room for the trunk to grow.
- Mulch. Add bark, grass clippings or other organic matter around the base of the tree. Be sure to keep the graft above ground and clear of the mulch.
- Guard. Fence the tree if there are any deer in the area. Deer love to snack on young tree bark.