Planting Flowering Crabapple Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Romeoville, IL
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Question by grlozak
October 18, 2000
A year ago I was given a small crabapple tree (I don't know what type)and planted it in the fall. It survived the winter but not after it was broken in half by something/somebody. I replanted the remaining stem and roots in a 5 gallon pot this spring and it has grown 3-4 new twigs and they are producing leafs. I want to know if fall is the time to replant it into the ground and if so, should I cover it. I would plan to use some type of fencing around it to protect the tree from people/critters.

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2000
Fall is a fine time to plant trees. The roots will grow underground long after the leaves have fallen. Use several inches of mulch over the root area, but do not put it right up against the trunk as this invites rot and also encourages rodents to run toward the bark. Wire rodent protection is a good idea for fruit trees. Be sure to extend it high enough that the rabbits can't reach the bark when standing on snow. Good luck with your tree!

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