Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions

  1. Water your SuperTree thoroughly before planting.
  2. Dig a planting hole. We recommend digging a hole that is approximately two times the width of the root ball and as deep as the root ball is high. 
  3. Remove the air-pruning container and base by twisting the green fasteners counterclockwise and pulling the black pushpins out with a pair of pliers or cutting them with a pair of pruners.
  4. Place your SuperTree in the hole so that the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the ground around it. Most people plant their trees too deep. This can cause the tree to drown. It is best to plant your SuperTree slightly higher than ground level and slope soil away from trunk so water doesn’t collect.
  5. Backfill the hole with soil. In poor soil areas, it may be necessary to mix native soil with organic matter. Contact your local garden center if uncertain.
  6. Push a hose into the loose soil and allow the water to settle the backfill. Add additional soil as needed until backfill settles at ground level.

Watering Instructions

  1. SuperTrees planted according to the above directions will not need water for a couple days. 
  2. In the summer, a couple times a week should be sufficient. It is important not to over water your SuperTree. SuperTrees planted in the ground will not require water daily. 
  3. Different soil conditions and different seasons will require different watering schedules. You can dig down at the edge of the soil ball about 8 inches deep to ascertain the moisture content of the soil or contact your local garden center for recommendations in your area. 
  4. When water is needed it is best to soak the soil deeply. Over watering is caused by how frequently you water, not how much water you apply.

Fertilizing Instructions
 

To enhance the growth of your SuperTree, fertilizer can be applied during the spring and early summer. However, don’t fertilize heavily in the late summer or fall when your SuperTree is preparing for dormancy.

Spraying
 

To control pests and minimize diseases, dormant sprays as well as pesticides can be applied throughout the year. Contact your local garden center on spraying times and recommendations.

General Pruning Instructions

  1. The best time to prune your SuperTree is early in the spring while it is still dormant.
  2. Use pruning shears on small branches, lopping shears on medium branches, and saw on larger branches.
  3. Begin by removing dead and broken branches.
  4. Make your cut close to a bud, a joint in the branch, or to the trunk. Always use sharp shears or saws so your cuts are clean.
  5. The best pruning cut is made outside the branch collar , at a 45 to 60 degree angle to the branch bark ridge. (see image)
  6. In general you want to keep a central leader and prune competing vertical branches.
  7. Prune any horizontal branches that cross or rub against other branches.
  8. If pruning peach, plum, nectarine, or apricot trees and want an open center. Prune all but three or four main branches. These branches should have plenty of space between them. Upon these branches leave about five lesser branches on each.
  9. Remove suckers (shoots) from around the base of the tree.
  10. Rake up and dispose of any leaves or debris on the ground which can harbor pests and diseases.