I have received many questions lately about fruit trees that have been in the ground for two or more years but don’t seem to be growing much.
I usually ask how they were planted, and in almost every case I learn they were just dropped into clay soil without any thought about drainage.
So, here are my rules for fruit tree planting – an excerpt from my book “Texas Tough Gardening.” If you follow them, you will wind up with a highly productive root system, and that will result in more growth and leaves.
While this is aimed at citrus trees, the protocols can be used for any fruit tree, including stone, pome, avocado, and fig – even fruiting vines. Essentially, it is a marriage or my “Building Beds” tip sheet for vegetable gardens and my guide for “Planting Trees & Shrubs.”