Planting trees and in particular fruit trees it is very important to get the prep done and take extra care with your planting as you will really get out what you put in, and especially with fruit if you expect them to give you lots of lovely fresh produce in the years to come. As you’ve probably heard me a say a few times you can only plant them once and they are an investment so take the time to plant well and you will be rewarded handsomely!
Over the next 12 months water trees thoroughly during dry periods, a deep water for 10 minutes twice a week is preferable to 5 minutes with the hose every night. You want encourage roots to go deep rather than stay near the surface. You also don’t want the trees to produce too many fruit in the first two years, trees can’t multi-task and will always divert their energy into fruit production when you want them to put it into root development. So pick off any flowers or fruit that start to form in spring. It will be worth it in the long term. A spray with copper from bud burst will also help to deter any fungal diseases that peaches and nectarines in particular can be susceptible to.
Trees are subject to availability