Purchasing potted trees at year end sale?

oldryderOctober 24, 2013

A local nursery is selling 10 gal. potted fruit trees at a substantial discount. No warranty.

Look like nice trees and considerably larger than the usual bare root. No info on rootstock (although I am trying to find out)

Trees are dormant or will be in another week or two.

Should they be planted now or left in pots till early spring?

Any reason I should just avoid this?

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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

It would help if you included some zone or location information.

Personally, I am in SoCal and look forward to the fall and cool damp weather and purchased several new fruit trees but that works for my zone.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 11:25AM
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oldryder

Zone 4 central MN. It's already getting cold here. we're past the peak for seasonal colors.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 11:34AM
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charlieboring

I am in Zone 7 and I have purchased trees three times at the year end sales and all of them are still living. I have an elberta peach, burgandy plum, a fig, a crepe myrtle, and a blueberry bush. In my opinion, there is little risk.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 1:50PM
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infiniteohms

I generally think its ok to get trees this late, just be vigilant about pruning any spiraling roots and definitely plant them in the ground ASAP. Consider staking them (just for the winter) as they wont have much if any chance of growing new roots to hold them in soil.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 3:19PM
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