Dwarf cherry tree planting

Asked April 23, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT

When is the best time to plant a dwarf cherry tree?

Larimer County Colorado

1 Response

Trees can be planted in the spring after the danger of frost in your local area has passed. Here in Larimer County, we can have cold weather and frosts, even into early-to-mid May. Newly planted trees can handle a light frost (28°F) without injury. If you cannot get your tree planted in the springtime, fall is an excellent time to plant, as well. The best site for fruit trees is gently sloping land so that cold air can settle into adjacent lower areas. The bottoms of valleys are frost pockets and may be several degrees colder that nearby hillsides in midwinter and on spring mornings. This may determine whether cold tender buds and flowers are damaged by cold or if they survive to produce fruit. Fruit trees require full sunlight at least three-quarters of the day. Shady locations are not suitable. Obtaining adequate sunlight is perhaps the most important consideration for fruit production.

Fruit trees grow best in fertile loam soils, but they will grow in all but the rockiest or heaviest clay soils. The soil must have good internal water drainage. Fruit trees won’t grow with “wet feet”.

There is an excellent blog, Tree Planting 101, written by our Larimer County horticultural extension agent, to which I am including a link below. It gives step-by-step instructions to properly plant a tree here in our Colorado clay soils:

Thank you, and best of luck with your dwarf cherry tree !