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It's time up here to put in orders for bare root trees, whether fruit trees or otherwise. We use Musser Forests, Stark Bros, and other websites where we can find what we want.
While November might have been the best time to plant them, the second-best time is as soon as you can get a shovel into the thawing ground.
Bare root trees establish themselves quicker than burlapped or potted plants. There are many sites and Youtubes which explain how to properly plant bare root plants. It's not a bad idea to soak the roots for a few hours before planting. When you plant them in dormancy, water them in well and then withhold any watering until green shoots appear.
In the first summer, a deep watering once or twice a week works well. After the first summer around here, no watering is needed after that. In the first Spring, it's recommended to pinch off any fruit tree blossoms that appear, so the plant can devote itself to establishing itself in its home.
I have ordered three Crabapples (edible crabapple, semi-dwarf,as in photo. Not the ornamental) to put in as soon as we get some thaw. Right now we have 12" of snow and the soil is like a rock.
You are fortunate to live in a relatively temperate climate. Out here, in southern Alberta, our trees and plants are exposed to seriously drying Chinook winds at odd times during the winter, and our high altitude means relatively few frost-free days.
The Millarville Horticultural Club published - back in 1990 - a book titled "Gardening Under the Arch". It contains a lot of hard-won wisdom as to what flourishes and what doesn't under Chinook conditions, as well as tips on how best to minimize damage from the Chinook and early frost.
I'm jealous of the crab apples. I just started getting into brewing cider and those are perfect for English style cider, so I've read.
This time of February is when my spring fever starts to take effect and my hatred of winter really begins to manifest. I'm thankful for every minute of extra daylight we gain each day. I can't imagine having 12' of snow on the frozen ground. We've had a really mild winter in OK. Only a few streaks of single digit nights.
If I had more time tomorrow I'd like to plant some tomatoes and cukes. We might get an ice storm before we get through March, but it's a gamble that can pay off.