How to Successfully Plant Fruit Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Fruit trees can be an amazing addition to your home. Not only do they look beautiful, but you also get free fruit! In order to get the most out of your fruit tree, you’ll need to know how to successfully plant one so they can have a healthy root system and produce beautiful fruit. Below are a few steps to take before planting your new tree.

Do your research on types of trees

The first step is to do your research on which fruit tree(s) you’d like to plant. Some fruit trees work better in certain climates over others, so keep that in mind as well. Other factors to consider are: size, taste, chill hours, and if it needs a pollinator.

Make sure you have enough space

Make sure you look to see how much space you have to work with. The size you have available will determine which fruit trees you’ll be able to plant. Orchard trees for example (apples, cherries, peaches, plums, and pears) require about 10-12 feet of space in your backyard. Whereas a dwarf tree can grow in a smaller 6-8 foot diameter space.

Know which foundation you’re working with

Some key factors that will determine the success of your fruit tree include:

Light exposure
Water drainage

You’ll want a location that has a good amount of light, water drainage and air flow, and you’ll want to make sure the soil in that location is of good quality. If your soil is sandy or hard, you’ll need to build it up before you plant your tree.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we know exactly how to plant fruit trees, which trees would work best for you, and which location in your yard would be best for it. If you want a professional to help you plant your fruit tree, let us come out and help. Call us at (360) 563-2700 today.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (, (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at and for more tips on tree care or installation go to See our video at and connect with us on Facebook at Inc/193731105108.