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Purchasing potted trees at year end sale?

Posted by oldryder (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 24, 13 at 11:21

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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RE: Purchasing potted trees at year end sale?

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.

RE: Purchasing potted trees at year end sale?

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

RE: Purchasing potted trees at year end sale?

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.

RE: Purchasing potted trees at year end sale?

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.

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