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The last autumn offer: all fruit trees are reduced by 20%!

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From now until the end of November all fruit trees are reduced in price by 20%. Why do we offer this discount? I gladly admit that we would like to make some sales during the autumn months, so we can afford Christmas presents and also a hot soup in February... but above all, this discount is to encourage you to yet again consider the benefits of autumn plantings – and maybe – hopefully – you will direct your actions accordingly. ;-)


A small limitation: this discount does not apply to walnut trees and chestnuts


Hmm, how am I supposed to explain that? First of all, these plants are incredibly scarce this year. And secondly, from now on, we would also rather advise you to plant young walnut trees and chestnuts in the spring. They have too little time until the onset of winter to fully prepare themselves for the unprotected weather. If you still want to plant now, however, then we strongly recommend that you protect the walnut trees, heartnuts and chestnuts in the first winter with insulating material.


"Can I still plant now?"


This is probably one of the most common questions that we have been getting during the past few weeks! Yes, you can! As long as the ground is not frozen; even in the winter, during periods of thawing, the roots develop further. In the truest sense of the word, they bring themselves slowly but surely in starting position for the coming spring. A tree planted in autumn has a much better and risk-free start in the spring when compared to a spring planting.


And here are the benefits of the autumn planting:

 

  1. You have time now. In the spring everything has to be done in the garden at the same time –yes, and even the windows should be cleaned again. Slowly, the autumn break is over, which should be reserved for enjoying the garden without work (see article THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR A HAPPY AND PERFECT GARDEN IN AUTUMN). And anyway: a little bit of exercise and action in the garden won’t certainly hurt...
  2. The roots get firmly positioned during the winter and sit very confidently in their new surroundings by the time spring comes, as if they had always been there at home.
  3. In frost-free periods the roots grow, as I already mentioned, and get used to their new home even more; so they are ready to absorb water and nutrients in the spring.
  4. Especially when planting two-year-old trees, it is often the case that they already bloom in the first year (especially pome fruit and peaches and nectarines). When planting in autumn the chance that the tree is also able to feed the fruits and develop them to maturity (and not reject them at the latest in June) is much greater.


Do not forget to shake out the roots!


And finally, here is yet again our current, and unfortunately much too seldom followed advice: for fruit trees that have been planted after 1. October, please shake out the roots of the entire plant and at the same time strip off the leaves that are still hanging on the tree! What at first glance looks like a contradiction in itself (I destroy what I paid money for, so to speak: the root ball) actually immensely promotes the growth and the crop security during the winter. These actions bring the roots into direct contact with the potting soil; they prevent ringworm and also improve the winter hardiness. If you plant the root balls integrally, i.e. without shaking them out, this often leads to this physical unit (the root ball) being maintained throughout the winter; it warms up in warm weather faster and stronger than the topsoil, which then gives the plant wrong and above all much too early signals of spring.

 
 
 
 

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