|You know you're in the right spot when Mary is there to great you, right?|
1st - mail order. I know right?! The shame. We actually purchased a tree through a mail order company. We were lured with heirloom tomato plants, then tacked on a peach tree. I think there was some special involved that tipped our decision, though that could just be my attempt at justification.
2d - planting in the spring. The mail order company boasted that they knew the best time for each item to be planted. Each item arrived at a different time, right when it needed to be planted. So when it arrived, we planted it ~ right in April.
Why not the spring you ask? Well, in other places, spring is a great time to plant - or so I've been told, I'm obviously NO expert. The spring and summer give the tree time to build reserves to make it through a harsh winter. Here in the south that's a bad idea. The summers are hot, humid and harsh. They beat down a poor baby tree before it even gets a chance to gather itself. As it turns out DECEMBER is prime fruit tree planting time here. That way the tree can gather itself and take hold before the summer pounding. So as December is coming to a close we found the pressure on to get those trees into the ground!