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Gourmet Fruit Gift Trees

Congratulations on receiving one of our unique fruit gift trees! The majority of these trees come budded from our very own Orchard in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. When your fruit tree is delivered it will be fast asleep. In the winter fruit trees lose their leaves and become dormant. Keep your tree asleep by storing in your refrigerator or a location between 32-45 degrees until temperatures are ready for planting. We recommend planting your fruit gift tree outside, see our FAQS below to learn more. 

 

General Directions:

 

Planting Outside

  1. Wait until your outdoor temperature is at least 60 degrees (typical Spring).
  2. Pick a location with ample sun and room to grow about 8 feet.
  3. Dig a hole slightly deeper than the root ball and about 2x it’s width.
  4. Loosen the roots, place the tree level, back fill soil, and water.

Planting Inside

  1. Find a container between 15-30 inches.
  2. Fill with potting soil and a fertilizer of choice.
  3. Loosen roots gently and bury root ball and an inch of the trunk.
  4. Place in a sunny spot inside and water approximately every other day.
  5. When temperatures are above 60 degrees, follow outside planting instructions.

Tip: Use stakes to keep the tree upright and level while establishing its roots.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions About our Fruit Gift Trees


1. How do I care for my tree?

When you receive a tree from The Fruit Company it will be dormant. If it’s not the right time to plant it (late fall or early spring), put it into your refrigerator upon receiving it in the mail. The tree will stay dormant until it’s time to plant.

Once you’ve planted your tree outside or have secured it into a large pot indoors, you’ll want to make sure it has daily access to sunlight. An average tree will need 6-8 hours of sunlight every day.

For the first two years, water your tree deeply once a week, or twice a week if in a hot climate. The soil should be thoroughly wet to the full depth of the root ball. If your tree is over watered the leaves may turn yellow, if under watered the leaves may curl. Once your tree has matured, it will not require as much water. You can half the amount you were watering for a younger tree.

Perform a soil test to understand which type of fertilizer you need. Most likely, you’ll be using a nitrogen based fertilizer during early spring. Young trees may not require fertilizer within the first 1-2 years, take note if your tree has not been growing an average of 10-12 inches each year. If it hasn’t, you may want to consider fertilizer. Whenever you apply fertilizer, please make sure to wear gloves. You’ll follow the instructions on the specific fertilizer brand that you purchase.

For mature trees (3+ years old), pruning should happen during the winter time when there are no flowers or fruit on the branches. For young trees, early spring is a great time to prune. Prune young trees into an open vase like shape using pruners or shears. This will allow light and air to flow through as it grows. You can cut off any weak branches or limbs that are growing towards the trunk of the tree. For mature trees, you will want to promote outward growth by pruning out new vertical limbs. Remember to always clean your tools before and after each use.


2.  When can I plant it outside?

The best time to plant your fruit tree is during late fall or early spring. At this time, the ground is soft and has a higher moisture content. For cherries, you’ll want to find an area that gets a lot of sun exposure, has good air circulation and well-drained, fertile soil. If your soil is mainly clay, you may want to consider adding non-clay soil at the time of planting.

One thing you’ll want to consider before planting is the surrounding area. After a year or two, your tree will be hard to transplant. You’ll want to thoroughly decide where the best area is to plant. Consider keeping your tree 8-10 feet away from any sewer or water pipes.

When planting, dig your hole deep and wide enough to fully submerge the roots. You can create a 2 inch tall soil rim around the plant, which will allow water to soak in.


3. Can I plant it in winter?

We advise against planting your fruit tree during winter. The peak times to plant your tree are late fall or early spring, the ground is soft and has a higher moisture content. You can keep your fruit tree dormant by refrigerating it until the appropriate planting time.


4. What kind of fertilizer does it need? High acid?

Perform a soil test to understand which type of fertilizer you need. Most likely, you’ll be using a nitrogen based fertilizer during early spring. Young trees may not require fertilizer within the first 1-2 years, take note if your tree has not been growing an average of 10-12 inches each year. If it hasn’t, you may want to consider fertilizer. Whenever you apply fertilizer, please make sure to wear gloves. You’ll follow the instructions on the specific fertilizer brand that you purchase.


5. How soon will I have cherries?

You can begin to see cherries as soon as the third year after planting your fruit tree. When your cherry tree is mature enough to fully bloom, it will attract honeybees which will pollinate the flowers and turn them into cherries.  


6. Can I keep it inside permanently or does it need to go outside?

If you choose to keep your cherry tree potted indoors, you’ll need to find a large enough pot for the roots to fit in comfortably. It must also have drainage holes to ensure your cherry tree will not drown when watered.

Your tree will need adequate sunlight in order for it to grow. Aim for at least 6 hours of sunlight on it everyday. If you want your tree to bear fruit, you’ll need to ensure it receives adequate chill hours during the winter, and you’ll need to self pollinate the flowers during spring.


7. When/how do I prune it?

For mature trees (3+ years old), pruning should happen during the winter time when there are no flowers or fruit on the branches. For young trees, early spring is a great time to prune.

Prune young trees into an open vase like shape using pruners or shears. This will allow light and air to flow through as it grows. You can cut off any weak branches or limbs that are growing towards the trunk of the tree. For mature trees, you will want to promote outward growth by pruning out new vertical limbs.


8. Do I have to follow agricultural guidelines like orchardists do?

Please check in with your local agricultural office as state laws differ.  

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