My dwarf Fuji apple tree arrived yesterday and was planted today. I was very impressed with the size of the tree which was 34" tall from the top of its container, with bunches of leaves already formed (see photo). The roots were packaged in moist shavings and a plastic container, and then thoroughly wrapped in plastic to preserve moisture. The shipping box was 4' x 4" x 4" which was perfectly sized for the plant and protected it well.
The root system was a surprise and a bit of a disappointment. The roots were pretty minimal and not at all as advertised. However, I remain optimistic as the rest of the plant looks so good.
Two days after planting, the tree looks great.
Overall, VERY happy! Online Orchards bare root Dwarf Fuji (1), Honeycrisp (1), and Blenheim Apricot (2) trees are excellent starters for our little orchard. Online Orchards prepared the four in moist sawdust, protected hard plastic, and wrap, then shipped right away. Excellent enclosed and online directions for initial water soak, digging and prepping the planting hole and soil. We put them each in 5 gallon Home Depot buckets with water for 6 hours, dug 3-4 foot diameter holes, then mixed in some garden top soil (not much) because of our predominantly clay ground. We watered twice a day for a week, then once a day for the next three weeks (to date) and will continue for another 4 - 6 weeks. Three of the trees showed new leaves within 10 days (both apples and one Blenheim), and the last Blenheim (which had the least root fibers on arrival) just showed new leaf-buds at 3 weeks. Be patient - up to a point of about a month, I'd guess. Here in NW Olympic Peninsula, deer are constantly roaming through, so netting a perimeter 6 ft high is working great.
I bought these trees about 2 weeks ago and arrived in a week, I like this fuji apple tree so much, it is cheaper than the other sources, and mostly, it came with good condition, has new buds on the tree, and within a week, I saw new buds growing into big leaves and fresh new buds coming out.
This is a replacement bare root because the first one did not grow. This bare root has begun to ...
July 30, 2020
This is a replacement bare root because the first one did not grow. This bare root has begun to grow at the soil level, well below the graft. Very disappointing! I will be requesting a refund and shop for dwarf bare roots from another provider. On a side note, the first bare root that didn't grow arrived without any identification so when I needed to replace it, they had to replace both the roots that were originally purchased. These two roots arrived identified with tags on the roots.
Tree delivered as promised. Received the dormant tree freshly wrapped in hay, followed the directions how to plant it in its permanent site and monitored it for 2 weeks. Fuji apple tree has now been growing leaves and adapting to its new environment. I'm optimistic it will survive trough fall and winter and start growing next spring. So far really happy with the decision to buy it from Online Orchards through HD.