Our website is now open for orders that will ship January, February & March 2017.

Choosing Shipping Time

PlantingWithSpadeWe ship our trees in January, February and the first week of March.  So how do you determine the best time for your trees to be shipped to you?  First, as long as you can dig your soil, you can plant fruit trees even if the weather is cold.  Dormant trees are very cold tolerant and, as long as they have not broken dormancy, the cold will not hurt them. It is always better to get the trees in as early as possible, so if you live in a mild winter area like Los Angeles or Phoenix or Miami, you do not want to wait until March to plant.

 

AkebonoFloweringCherryIf your soil freezes in the winter, you will want to plant as soon as the soil can be dug.  If that happens after we have stopped shipping, you have some options. The trees can be kept dormant by storing them in a cool, dark spot that stays above freezing (35 to 45 degrees). The roots can remain wrapped in the moss in which they are shipped. Just make sure that the moss and roots stay moist. You can also plant the trees in biodegradable pots until the ground can be worked. Once planted, place them in a bright area and treat like any other container plant until you can get them in the ground.

The basic idea is to get the trees planted as soon as possible so that they can start adapting to their new environs.  If you request an inappropriate shipping time, we will try to ask you about it when you place your order.  We want you to be successful and happy with your trees!