Answer: Spring is an excellent time to plant trees, followed by autumn and winter. Avoid summer heat - it only adds to transplant stress. Choose the largest tree you can afford - you'll enjoy the fruit that much faster! Planting is easy; provide a sunny spot, space trees 12' or more apart (to accommodate future growth), dig a hole larger than the rootmass of the tree, then backfill with native soil and build a cone of soil at the bottom of the hole. Drape the roots over the soil so they fall in a natural way. Fill the hole with soil, tamping it gently so as to remove any air pockets around the roots. Be sure to plant at the same level the tree was growing in the container. Water well (1-inch per week) until the tree is established. If you have room, plant regular sized trees - you'll have a larger harvest. Dwarf trees are much smaller at maturity - if you have only a little bit of space, plant dwarfs. Most of all, enjoy your harvests!
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