Best Time to Plant Fruit Trees Video

The short answer to the question of when is the best time to plant fruit trees is early spring for bare root trees. The longer answer is that it depends on your climate/location and also whether the tree is bare root or containerised.

Planting Fruit Trees in Hardiness Zones 7 and Below

For bare root trees in hardiness zones 7 and below, plant when the tree is dormant and when the ground thaws, hence early spring. If you plant in the fall, you risk having a very harsh winter damage and kill the trees before their roots establish themselves in the soil. In the summer the low moisture and high heat may cause stress and damage. Therefore you can plant once the ground thaws and there is no rain or snow. Depending on your region, this can be anytime between February to May. If you are planting in a container and not bare root, you are more flexible since you’ll be planting with the soil that the roots have established themselves in. However even with a container, be careful during the winters since the ground can’t be frozen and it shouldn’t be too wet.

Planting Fruit Trees in Hardiness Zones 8 and Above

However for planting in zones 8 and above which don’t have cold winters, you can plant bare root trees in the winter and fall since the tree is dormant and doesn’t risk damage from the harsh winters. Additionally, it is easier to plant containerised trees in the winter for these zones.

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If you would like to know how to plant fruit trees, check out our article on how to plant fruit trees.

You can read more in our growing guide about how to prune and take care of the tree. This will help your young tree survive, stay stimulated, and bear healthy fruit. If you would like to discover our fruit trees, explore our fruit tree catalog or shop page.