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Badly bent tree

Is there anyway I can fix this or should I leave them theyre all a bit bent but the mini pear is awful. They get 2 metres tall but they arrived how they are the 2 apples are not to sad as theyre still pointing up.

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Hi Ben,

The center tree looks like it was not grafted properly.

Just go for it. Plant your trees. Make sure to leave enough room for mature size. Dig the holes no deeper than the existing root ball. Do dig your holes 3 to 5 times wider than the existing root ball. Before planting examine the root ball. If the roots are wrapped around the root ball the tree is root bound. Gently loosen the roots. Do not amend your soil. Water heavily every day for the first week, every other day for the next two weeks. Twice a week for another two weeks then once each week after that. Do not fertilize. Fertilizing will promote foliage growth and sacrifice the development of a good root system. You can fertilize next spring.

Good luck.

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also, stake the trees for the first year. Use something stretchy to tie them to the stake, like strips of T-shirt tied loosely, or the commercial green tape that is made for that purpose. Check the ties several times during the first year and loosen as needed or retie. Don't let them strangle the trunk. You don't say where you are but, this is the general rule for dwarf fruit trees, they need at least 5 gallons of water each per week. More when it is really hot. (rain counts in the total). If these are dwarf trees, then the closest spacing is 10 ft and with the apples that will be close when they grow up. Get a book from the library or read on line at extension sites about pruning those trees starting next year. In most parts of the country, trees are pruned very early in the spring before the buds begin to swell for young trees, where you want to encourage growth. It is not generally a good idea to prune trees just before winter as the wounds don't always heal well. You will want to spread the branches that you keep to a wider angle to make the joins stronger. If you don't you risk limb breakage in the wind after they start bearing. As for fertilizing, that depends on how fertile the ground is where you have planted them and the type of soil you have. Elizabeth is absolutely correct, do not fertilize this year. If the trees are growing fairly vigorously, they don't need additional fertilizer. If the site you choose contains lots of nitrogen, those trees will get much bigger than you expect.

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Well I got lied to then I got told they can survive in larfe containers. Looks like I'm planting then.

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