Dancing Bee Apiary
"Dancing Bees and Fruitful Trees"
|Where and When to Plant & the Aftercare of
Make sure your spot is in a sunny location; the more sun the better for tree growth and fruit production.
Also make sure you pick a spot with good soil drainage; planting your tree in an are where the soil stays
saturated can lead to root rot. Keep in mind wild game that can and will venture into your yard to munch
your delicious freshly planted tree; stay away from game trails or known hang-outs.
When oh when should you plant...
Fall is also a most excellent time to plant because even though the tree does not have any leaves it
continues to grow considerably under ground! As long as your soil is not frozen the roots will continually
grow all winter long thus becoming a much stonger tree for the coming spring! That is not saying trees
can't be planted in the spring because you most certainly can and they will acclimate and grow just fine.
With potted trees, trees can be planted throughout the year, except during the coldest winter months
when there is snow on the ground or the ground is frozen. In saying that, it is also not wise to plant
potted trees during the hottest months.
Spacing your trees...
If planted too far apart, inefficient pollination occurs, or if planted too close, trees will grow towards the
sunlight and not bear crops on the side branches. Typically, fruit trees such as apples and pears are
planted 10-15' apart. When a pollinator is needed we will be happy to make recommendations based on
the tree you are purchasing.
Planting your tree...
Unpack your trees, remove all packing materials, carefully untangle the roots and soak the roots in water
3 to 6 hours. Do not allow the roots to dry out. Dig a hole, wider than seems necessary, so the roots can
grow outward without crowding. Remove any grass within a 3-foot circular area. To aid root growth,
turn soil in an area up to 3 feet in diameter. Plant the tree at the same depth it stood in the nursery, with
plenty of room for the roots. Partially fill the hole, firming the soil around the lower roots. Do not add soil
amendments such as peat or bark. Do not use fertilizer, potting soil, or chemicals on your new trees.
Shovel in the remaining soil. It should be firmly but not tightly packed. Construct a water-holding basin
around the tree. Give the tree plenty of water. After the water has soaked in, spread protective mulch
two inches deep in a 3-foot diameter area around the base of the tree, but not touching the trunk. The
soil and mulch around your trees should be kept moist but not soggy. During dry weather, generously
water the tree every 7 to 10 days during the first year. Water slowly at the dripline. DO NOT fertilize
your freshly planted tree.
Dancing Bee Apiary LLc.
Eatonville, WA 98328