When to plant fruit trees?

Asked December 11, 2012, 4:05 PM EST


I just moved into a new home, and would really like to plant some fruit trees in our backyard. What time of the year should I plant apples, pears, peaches, and cherries?

Jefferson County Colorado

1 Response

Best time: March-April-May
Second best time: September-October

plant only apple and pear varieties with good resistance to fireblight
plant dwarf or semi-dwarf stock to allow more variety in limited space
plant only peach varieties with longer chilling requirements, N or E exposures best
pie (tart) cherries usually fare better than sweet cherries in Denver area

In general, plant fruit trees OUT of turfgrass areas, as fertilizer needed for turfgrass is more than is needed for fruit trees AND the overhead irrigation may wet fruit tree leaves too frequently.