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How to plant a fruit tree

Colder months are a fabulous time to appreciate our beautiful landscapes and the wildlife that inhabits them. Although the temperatures have dropped and some animals are hibernating, there’s still lots you can do in your garden or local green space to help wildlife at this time of year. Planting trees for wildlife is best done in the winter when the trees are dormant. Fruit trees provide food for many types of wildlife, whilst providing cover and shelter from the cold. Once established, fruit trees provide an abundance of fruit year after year and require minimal care. Whilst the fruit season has now ended, that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for next season.

How to plant a fruit tree

How to plant a fruit tree for wildlife

  1. Get your tree from a local fruit tree nursey and a stake to keep it upright. Find a tree provider near you here.
  2. It’s better to plant bare-rooted trees in the winter, but containerised trees can be planted all year if you can keep them well watered.
  3. Prepare your tree by soaking the roots beforehand for around 30-60 mintues.
  4. Plant fruit trees in a sunny and sheltered spot so that the fruit can ripen up well.
  5. Once you’ve decided where your tree will go, dig a hole a third wider than the roots and line the bottom of the hole with the top part of the removed soil. Put your stake in now.
  6. Trim off long roots rather than curl them around. Place your tree into the hole when the soil is moist but avoid frosty or very cold days.
  7. Backfill the hole making sure there are no air pockets and attach it to the stake with a flexible tie.

For information on aftercare and practical guides please visit our orchard web pages.

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How to plant a fruit tree

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