Planting, Feeding & Watering

 

Planting & Care Guide

We want you to be successful with your tree investment! The following information should be everything you need to know about planting and care for your trees. You can also check out our YouTube channel for videos on growing specific trees in Arizona, weather protection and more! 


 

PLANTING

Dig a hole 2-3 times as deep and 3 times as wide as the container that your new tree is in. Create a soil mixture using the following ratio as a basic guideline:

  • 50% Native soil
  • 25% GreenLife soil
  • 25% Compost

Plant your tree slightly above grade so, when the dirt settles, the crown of the rootball will be even with the ground around it. 

Create a berm at least 4 inches high around the tree's drip line using your leftover native soil. (A drip line is the farthest points of a tree's foliage.) Check out our YouTube channel for video demonstrations on this important step!

On top of the soil, apply layers of the following:

  • 1 inch of Worm Castings
  • 1 inch of Compost
  • Several handfuls of Azomite
  • 12 inches of Mulch (wood chips, leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, straw, etc.)

WATERING

Drip irrigation is not a recommended way to water your new fruit trees. Learn to check the soil by testing it with your finger. Check out our YouTube channel for videos on how to appropriately water.

When watering for the first time, provide four times the gallon size of the container your new tree is in. For example, a 3 gallon container would require 12 gallons of water. 

For maintenance watering, provide two times the gallon size of the container your tree came in. For example, a 3 gallon container would require 6 gallons of water.

  • Winter (below 70 degrees): water once every 7-14 days
  • Spring and Fall (70-90 degrees): water once every 5-7 days
  • Summer (90-110 degrees): water once every 3-5 days
  • Extreme Heat (above 110 degrees): water once every 1-3 days
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FEEDING

  • Every 2 weeks: spray foliar feed (1oz per one gallon of water) to top and bottom of leaves after sunset.
  • Every month: apply Neptune's Harvest Fish & Seaweed blend (1oz per one gallon of water) and granular food (7-5-4 for containers or 8-3-9 for in-ground plants; see package for dosing instructions). 
  • Every 3 months: apply 1 inch worm castings, 1 inch compost, a handful of Azomite, and 12 inches of mulch.
  • Every 6 months: apply slow-release granular food (18-6-8 to be for container or in-ground plants; see package for dosing instructions).