Simply put, container grown trees are more mature than bare root trees and their root system and branches are much better developed. Why is that important? The roots supply the plant with nutrients, water and oxygen and the branches are where the fruit grows. A larger root ball helps the tree establish itself quicker with less stress and enables it to survive our hot summers better.
A bare root tree has fewer roots, and those have been cut prior to packaging. Most bare root trees have a thinner main trunk called a whip with few branches. It takes time for a bare root tree to “catch up” or be equal to a container grown tree.
Yes, the container grown tree costs more, but you get what you pay for. A larger tree that will produce fruit quicker than a bare root tree. You can also plant container grown fruit trees year-round, whereas bare root trees should only be planted in the cooler weather of December – March.
Fruit trees do require pruning yearly to maximize fruit production. A good article to read concerning the different pruning methods used for a variety of fruit trees can be found here.
We stock varieties that perform well in our area and I look forward to helping you with your fruit tree selection.