So far, so good.
A few weeks ago we went to Home Depot for flooring. Not only did we come home with that, we bought a dwarf plum tree as well.
I couldn’t resist, what can I say.
We had a space open where an almond tree we bought from a reputable company online did not survive.
That poor tree had been pruned so severely before it was shipped, that it never recovered.
They were nice enough to give us a full refund, but that left us without almonds.
Well, temporarily anyway.
But back to the reason for this post…
Not around here.
We didn’t ask for help at Home Depot, nor was it offered.
And that’s okay, because this is not the first fruit tree we have purchased; we know what we are doing.
Apparently a little better than whomever made the instructions for this tree.
First off, fall is not the best time to plant a tree in the North, spring is.
But it can be done, and there was still enough time for the plant to get established before the winter comes.
And then some of the particulars were listed incorrectly as well.
Dwarf trees usually grow to only 8 ft. tall, not 12 ft.
They should be spaced 6-8 ft apart, not 12.
If you have a small yard, that’s a big difference.
Also note that where it reads “Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the pot” what it means specifically is as deep and twice as wide.
It could easily be misunderstood to mean twice as deep.
That would be bad because this is a grafted tree. You can easily see where the tree was grafted onto the rootstock, there’s a knobby spot near the base of the tree.
If this gets below ground level, the tree will revert back to a full size tree.
Instead of 8 ft. tall, it will grow 25-30 ft.
So the point here is wherever you purchase plants, especially anything perennial, be sure you know what you are doing.
Ask questions, and check the answers you get.
To be honest, this is why I usually like to go to a nursery, if only for the first time I make a specific purchase.
They tend to know what grows best in our area, and offer suggestions and hints to help things grow better.
Nothing against Home Depot, their plum tree is faring far better than the online almond tree we bought.
But if you are out and you make a spur of the moment decision, check the facts before you plant.
Fortunately we learned our lesson the hard way with oregano, and again with horseradish; and not with a tree.
Now… all we need is a good source for an almond tree.
And a new spot.