How to plant out a container-grown fruit tree
1 Clear the planting area of weeds and debris, and dig a hole as deep as and slightly wider than the tree’s container rootball.
2 Fork up the bottom and sides of the hole to help the roots spread and add some well-rotted manure or compost.
3 After standing the tree in water for as long as possible, slide it from its container and gently tease out any circling roots.
4 Place it in the hole. Holding it straight, infill with soil and compost. Tread down the ground to firm it in and support the tree.
5 Add a stake and secure the tree using a rubber tie. Make sure it does not chafe the bark and lets the tree move in the wind.
6 Water well and add a 3in (7cm) layer of mulch. Don’t let your tree dry out, keep its root area weeded and watch for pests.