Bare Root FRUIT TREE Planting & Winterizing

Bare Root FRUIT TREE Planting & Winterizing

In this video, I will share with you some best practices around planting your bare root fruit trees and winterizing them, or in other words, getting them ready to battle the harsh elements of winter.

Planting bare root fruit trees is not as easy as it may seem. There’s a lot of thought that goes into it. You might be thinking to yourself: “”How hard can it possibly be?””. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s as easy or as complex as you want it to be!

While mother nature has no problem dropping new plants wherever she desires, us humans need to put a little more thought into it. I’m sure there are purists out there that will tell me that a lot of the stuff I’m doing is unnecessary. While this may be true, at least in part, when you spend a good amount of money on grafted bare root trees, you want to make sure they not only survive, but thrive!

There’s a lot of thought that goes into all this. You have to consider your placement, positioning, lighting, soil quality, soil content, water, drainage, obstructions (like other trees or underground roots that you didn’t know were there) and the whole array of optional additives that could help this whole process along. And those are just a few of the things you’ll have to take into consideration before even thinking about planting.

Ideally, we would want to graft our own scions, or better yet, plant seeds or saplings from nearby mature trees. This is not always easy or feasible though. That’s where ordering from a reputable nursery comes into play.

I personally do business with a great tree vendor called Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery ( Some of my viewers may be sick of hearing me talk about them but honestly, the reason I promote their business so much is because they are so great at what they do. Their trees are carefully grown and grafted, they have a super high focus on quality, the shipping and packaging is done with extreme care and their customer service is top notch! And no I’m not a sponsor lol. They’re basically just a fantastic company and in this day and age, that’s rare. So that’s why I give them so many props.

I want you all to know that you really don’t want to follow this method exactly. You should really experiment with you own style, in your own way, with your own particular environment. No two orchards or homesteads are the same, and as such, they shouldn’t be treated the same way. Try your best to use Whole Systems Designs when customizing the areas where your trees will go. This will ensure that they grow healthy and strong with plenty of supportive and beneficial plants nearby. This is also known as a tree guild and it’s very important to think about when designing your permaculture fruit tree orchard, or any orchard/garden really.

That said, I would like to invite you to join me for our adventure in getting those last few fruit trees in the ground for Fall 2018. It has been a wild ride so far but also so very gratifying and just plain old fun.

Know that these are all things that ANYONE can do. It doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in the city or even in an apartment building. Everyone has window sills and everyone can use pots to grow plants and trees no matter how small the space. Trust me on that! Looks up urban permaculture examples out there and prepare to be amazed. You won’t believe what some people have done with tiny spaces.

So come along with me for the ride and let’s get dirty! 🙂

And don’t forget to dream BIG and dream often, my friends!

Best of luck in all your projects, my friends. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!

1 Comment

  1. Ken Henry on May 12, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for so clearly sharing the steps necessary to plant in winter. I hadn’t thought about layering wood chips on the ground ahead of time to keep the soil from freezing.

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