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Old 04-01-2016, 03:11 PM
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Default Moving trees outside

I bought a handful of fruit trees(peach, plum, pear) at our local tractor supply. They've already sprouted new leaves, so I've got them inside the house in front of a south facing window, and they're loving it, growing like crazy. When can I safely plant them outside? Average last frost date for here is May 10th.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:08 PM
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Heya, Barndog. Welcome to the forum.

You can start hardening off your little guys by putting 'em outside during the day and bringing them in at nite if the forecast calls for cold. I wouldn't be in too much of a rush to get them in the ground because they're not going to start bearing fruit for a couple yrs anyways. (guessing they're only a yr or two old now)

If you had got them in the ground while they were still dormant, there wouldn't be any problem, but now that they've budded, you don't want those to freeze if you can help it. OTOH- there's a difference between a late frost and a hard freeze: I bet you could just plant them now without much risk of damage.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:56 PM
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Thanks Doc. Good thing they're still in the house as we got 3 inches of snow last night! But I'll start setting them outside during the day and keep track of the overnight temps til I can get them in the ground.
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