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Selecting Your Fruit Trees: 5 Things To Consider

Now is a great time to buy a fruit tree! It's bareroot season, which means we have the largest selection available, at the most economical pricing of the year. While fruit trees are in winter dormancy, they are also easy to care for, easy to plant, and ready to provide tasty rewards in the seasons ahead.

As you choose the fruit tree varieties you would like to add to your garden, consider our tips for selecting success.

Choose Wisely

We all want wonderful fruit from healthy trees for many decades to come, and with the least worry and work possible. But let's not forget about flavor. Keep in mind that the average return on a full grown fruit tree can be very generous, so be sure to pick something your family loves to eat. Plan to get creative with recipes, as well as sharing extras with your extended family and neighbors. If you're interested in growing more than one tree, consider staggering the harvest times so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all season long.
Apple Fuji

Planting Pulp Pots

Our bareroot plants are provided in recycled, biodegradable pulp pots, with light, loose soil—all of which keep young roots safe from freezing temperatures and drying out until you plant them in their forever spots. If you'd like more information about planting pulp pots, refer to our guide on how to plant your new beauties:
Planting Pulp Pots.
Bareroot nectarines in pulp pots

Just The Right Spot

There are so many fruit tree varieties available, but selecting one that is good for your planting area is key, as certain varieties perform best in certain zones. Our trees are tagged with information about the optimal zones for a given variety.

Sunlight is another very important factor when selecting the right spot. Most fruit trees like to have 6-8 hours of full sunlight per day.

The type of soil you have can also impact the performance of your tree. Do you know if you have loam soil, clay soil, or sandy soil? Not sure? Bring a bagged sample to one of our locations, and we'll provide you with an answer.

If you have questions about selecting the right tree for your area, our gurus can make recommendations to make sure you're on a good path to growing healthy, productive fruit trees.
Peach Babcock White

Are You New Here?

If you're new to growing fruit trees, then choosing single variety trees can be a great, low-maintenance choice, allowing you to learn as you grow. And with incredible advances in pruning, it's now possible to have four single variety trees in the same area that used to keep only one tree. Multi-grafted fruit trees offer options if you have a small space and want multiple varieties on one tree. We have those too! Espaliers (pictured) are fun for the more experienced gardener because they require a bit more time and knowledge to refine the shape and maintain.
Espalier pear tree

Go Low

Low maintenance, that is! Of all the fruit trees we have, there are five that are known for their low maintenance. Pomegranates, figs, plums, apricots and almonds are wonderful. Why are these fruit tree choices considered low maintenance? These varieties, in particular, have proven themselves 1) to have better disease resistance; 2) to have excellent root stocks that have been time tested for success; and, 3) to be excellent producers for many decades, with the right care.
Dave Wilson Nursery Apricot Brittany Gold

We're Here To Help

Our gurus are here and ready to help you select just the right fruit tree for your yard. Check out the choices we have this year: search varieties within our products. When you click on a plant, you will find further information within Characteristics and the Green Thumb Guide to help you find the perfect bareroot option.
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