Planting apple trees now?

kalindi615July 27, 2013

Hi Everyone.

I am not new to GW, but have not been to the fruit and orchard section as I have no trees. We are interested in getting apple, peach, pear, and fig eventually, but were going to wait until next year. However, I was just at my local Home Depot and they have a ton of apple trees marked down extremely cheap. They look healthy, but I know this is not the ideal time to plant them.

It is almost worth the risk as the cost is so cheap just to try, so I guess my questions are is there are reason we shouldn't? Is there anything we can do to make them take better to transplanting in late July/ early Aug when it is not ideal for them?

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john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)

most trees from the big box stores are in pots which can be planted any time. If it was me and I wanted what they had I would give it a try. Just make sure it is for your zone with the right chill hours. Good luck PS I am a sucker for a good deal.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 7:24PM
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For me, it depends on how much land/space you have and how much you mind re. time investment. If you have plenty of space and do not mind planting an apple that may be mislabeled, go for it.

Otherwise, I prefers knowing a rootstock and being sure a variety I plant is the correct one. I hate to wait 3-4 years (or more) to find out the "red" apple I planted was actually a "yellow" one, or worse, a pear!!!

This goes with other fruit trees, too.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 8:06PM
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Thank you both for responding. I actually have plenty of space and tend to can anything I can get ahold of so if something comes up I didn't plan on, I will find a use for it (plus I have kids that will eat applesauce anything).

Thanks for the help, I think I will buy a few varieties and go for it. At $11 and $15 a tree I don't think I can go wrong.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 9:49AM
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Do the trees pollinate each other?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 11:04AM
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I've bought several trees from Lowe's when they put them on clearance. I bought them one year when it was too late to plant them in the ground so I kept them in the pots and planted them the following year. They are all doing great. I usually check with the garden manager and ask him when they will be getting rid of the unsold trees. He will then make me a great deal on them. I figure if they turn out to be a type I don't want I can always graft them. I usually pay between 5-6 a tree.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 11:53AM
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