iGary - you hit a sore spot. Just because it is available at Lowe's, Home Depot or other big box store does not mean that it is suitable for your region - ESPECIALLY fruit trees. Fruit trees are region specific. You have to plant varieties suitable for your region. In 05 I went to work at Lowe's as a nursery specialist. Because of my background as a Master Gardener and Landscape Contractor I felt an obligation to my customers to provide them with the correct varieties for optimum success and harvest in my zone. I was appalled at my first shipment of fruit trees. The grower was out of Oklahoma and the varieties were not at all suitable for south Louisiana. I called the buyer who was working out of the home office in NC. He had no horticule knowledge or experence. I explainded my concerns and even faxed him a list of recommended varieties published by the LSU Ag Center. His response to me was that he did not care. Lowe's has a one year gauranty on their plants so as long as it does not die in the first year whether it produces or not was not his problem. I was so disgusted that when a sales specialist position opened in the kitchen cabinet department I transferred out of the nursery.
Having had my rant please call your County Agent for a list of region specific recommendations. Ask for home orchard publications. That will include planting instruction, tips on fertilizing and directions for proper pruning. If the varietiies that you have are not on the list return them for a refund.
Sorry but unless you are knowledgable about the variety suitablity big box stores will cause you a world of grief.
Ok - I'm done.
Elizabeth - or Your Majesty
Living and growing in Lafayette, La.
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown