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Plant that tree: Percy spreads her roots

I wrote about a tree that we bought the other day. The Sharon fruit tree. Now just after it arrived we had a day with minus one degree. Ouch.

We need to plant it in November or December and many think a hard winter is on its way. So it was important to get it in the ground.

Thankfully the cold spell was short lived. The following day it was back to nine degrees centigrade.

Yesterday we set out for the allotment. The tree was destined for the extra plot we’ve just added. Our friend Ali who shares this ground with us now has taken to calling it ‘The Annex.’

When we started our allotment we put an apple tree on it so it seems right to add a tree to the new piece of ground.

To learn about planting I read this: How to plant your persimmon.

According to various sources this tree will grow in zones 8-10. I looked that up and we are in the right place.

They grow best in well drained slightly acidic soil and live a long time. Our sandy soil should suit it just fine then.

First we choose a spot.

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Next we soaked the tree root ball in water.

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We dug a hole and added some home made compost.

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Then we loosened the root ball around the sides to encourage the roots to open up. It has been in a very small container.

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Then we filled it in and firmed the soil down.

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We added two supporting stakes and used some mesh to attach the tree and gave it some water.

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That’s Percy sorted.

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4 comments on “Plant that tree: Percy spreads her roots

  1. Grower
    December 9, 2014

    I wonder if it’s called Sharon fruit because people give it to their friends to try. πŸ˜‰ I hope it grows well for you!

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  2. ontheedgegardening
    December 10, 2014

    You’ve given it a great start and I have every faith it will be fine. I look forward to seeing all the fruit next year πŸ™‚

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