Answer: If you have a dormant bare root plant, you can plant it as soon as the ground can be worked, meaning it is not frozen and not too muddy. If you have a container grown plant that has been kept outdoors at the nursery, you can plant it as soon as the ground can be worked. If you have a plant that has been sheltered in a greenhouse, you would need to allow it time to adapt to the outdoor conditions. Condition it or harden it off by setting it in a location with morning-only sun and protection from harsh winds; protect it from frosts if it is already leafed out. Water as needed to keep the soil moist like a wrung out sponge. After a week or so you could plant it in the garden assuming the ground can be worked. I hope this helps.
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