Planting a tree in February (zone 7) - Knowledgebase Question

West Point, VA
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Question by tperelli
January 19, 2006
We have School Board Appreciation Month coming up this February. As a tribute, I thought our school could donate a Chanticleer Flowering Pear tree in their honor. I chose this tree because I read that February might be a time to plant ornamental trees. In addition, this seemed to be a fast growing and 4 season tree.
My question: can I plant this tree in February? We are in zone 7 and have had quite a mild winter.
Thank you,
Todd Perelli

Answer from NGA
January 19, 2006
You can successfully plant a tree anytime the ground is not frozen. Be sure to water your tree in well after planting to help settle the soil. Don't fertilize - you don't want to encourage early growth - but do water regularly is rainfall is sparse.

Best wishes with your flowering pear tree!

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