Can I ask budding gardeners is now really the time to start planting fruit trees or is this just marketing? I've found a wonderful website and videos chatting about planting trees, selecting fruit trees, but wondered when is the best time??
I'm looking to get some apple trees, pears and a cherry tree from www.blackmoor.co.uk and have been watching the videos which make it look easy
Oh thanks jchocchip - can I ask then does the fact it will be very cold and frosty soon not damage the new trees? so they are happy going in directly to the soil and no need to keep them away from frost (i was pondering how to fit 5 apple trees in my greenhouse!)
Where do you buy your trees from is Blackmoor good? They look very knowledgable and have a huge range.
You shouldn't plant into frozen or waterlogged ground but I shouldn't worry about frosty mornings. I haven't bought any trees for a while but we have grown more than 150 from seed - beech, oak and horse chestnut. They seem pretty resilient. There seems to be some good advice in this link: www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/fruit-tree-planting-instructions