Planting Potted & Bare Root Fruit Trees

Gardening Tips
Growing Fruit

Growing your own fruit has advantages, it tastes better and you know that the fruit was not sprayed with chemicals. It is easy to get started and there are lots of places you can grow fruit, even if you don’t have a garden. This video shows you how to plant both potted and bare root fruit trees in the garden.


Potted vs Bare Root Fruit Trees – A young tree that is potted will probably adapt faster to a new environment than a tree that has been potted for a long time. Once that young tree has adapted and is healthy it is more likely to bear fruit faster than an older one, even though it may take years to produce fruit. A bare-root tree is less expensive to purchase.

Soil Preparation

  • You can enrich the soil with any store bought compost or you can use your own compost.
  • When selecting fruit trees always visit a nursery in order to examine it before purchasing. There will potted trees to choose from and also bare-root trees.
  • Areas in the garden that have deep soil that is rich in organic nutrients and minerals are the best places for planting any fruit tree.
  • Pear trees and apple trees prefer a soil that is slightly acidic, the stone varieties such as plum trees and cherry trees would rather have a mild alkalinity as in the inland soils.
  • Poorly drained soils that are damp will not handle fruit bearing trees very well.

You can grow a variety of fruit trees in a small space if you buy the right kind of trees and plant them in containers!


You can train a tree to grow into any shape or style. You can train it to grow diagonally along a fence, or just let it grow wild. Young trees will need to be staked for support after they have been planted; this procedure will keep the stem sturdy and help it to grow straight. The vast majority of fruit trees will not produce any fruit until the third year or later after planting.

  • Once they start producing fruit they will continue every year, some years better than others, for generations.
  • Some dwarf fruit trees that are container grown will produce fruit 1 to 2 seasons ahead of the earth grown trees.
  • Even if your garden is a small one you can still grow a fruit tree. Semi dwarf and dwarf fruit trees are best types for container growing.