When you play around with a fruit tree, it’s worth keeping it in mind that fruit trees are going to be your backyard friends for a long time.
It’s exciting to get a new plant, especially when their roots are bursting from the pot so you get it on sale! But a tight pot isn’t the best condition for a happy fruit tree, so re-potting becomes a ‘must’. Rather than simply moving from pot A to B, or even from the pot into the soil, you need to look out for roots growing up the side (below).
Loosen the roots and make sure they’re freed (below). A root ball is a big issue. You can even yours secateurs and cut upwards along the sides, freeing that tight mass of root-mess. Set it free!
Allowing the roots to stay as they are can mean that your plant’s roots will slowly strangle themselves. The plant won’t die instantly, but it likely won’t live more than five years.
When you plant it, spread the roots out, so they can grow free and wide.
Plant the tree in a well composted soil, keeping the compost away from the roots by
infilling with regular soil. The roots can get burnt by pure compost.
Give the hole/soil a big water before planting the tree and filling it in with soil.