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Without doubt, the most economical way to start a mini-orchard is to buy bare-rooted plants, while the weather is still cold and the plants are dormant. As well as saving money, you will often find a much wider selection of varieties and sizes available as bare-rooted trees.
Bareroot trees are so named because the plants are dug from the ground when they’re dormant (leafless), usually in fall, and their roots are shaken free of soil.
Keep bare root trees moist and cool until planting. It’s best to plant bare root trees as soon as possible