19 thoughts on “How to PLANT a Fruit TREE in Phoenix, Arizona

    Patricia Y

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Do you cover the young trees in summer?

    Jordan Fritzsche

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    I live in Tucson and I wish my yard was as easy to dig a hole in. It feels like it's all caliche clay 🙁

    dust man

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Nice stream and waterfall!

    shanice williams

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Thanks for this very ueseful information. I would certainly like to try this method

    Blanca Medina

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Very informative. Specially the leaves. Thanks

    Michael Cano

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    I recently just planted 7 fruit trees but used the 50/50 soil mixture. Should I do anything to help the process? Trees have been in the ground for 2 weeks.

    California Gardening

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Great guide!

    Sara Allen

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    So, I was wondering, how far apart did you plant these peaches? We are in Queen Creek and so far are doing only edible landscaping. I've been wondering what to put down to cover this hard ground so I think I'll talk my husband into going and getting a bunch of wood chips now! Is there a certain type you suggest? And where would one go to get it? I'm not opposed to filling a dump trailer full of it either and getting rid of the quarter minus in the back yard! Lol I've got a lot of questions really so I'm going to send you a friend request on Facebook and you can see what's happening in our edible yard too 😉


    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    great video, thanks for shearing .

    Arnie Hall

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    No wonder your trees are thriving…  You baby your trees more than most people baby their kids!  Haha, I gotta start giving my trees better soil from the get-go.  Great tips, thank you for sharing!

    Алексей Пархомов

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Jack, I oen wondering how you solved the problem with the water, I see you have a pond. It is a natural spring or recirculating water?

    Джек, мне оень интересно как вы решили проблему с водой, я вижу у вас есть водоем. Это природный родник или рециркулирующая вода?

    Michael Denny

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Do you use or save your own urine for your plants?  I know it may sound weird to some but it REALLY makes things grow huge! I m in Tempe too and I grew a queen palm from a 2 gal. size to nearly 30 ft in like 4 years.  Google human urine for plants and be surprised.  The best thing is it will speed up compost production like crazy!

    Powell Gammill

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Jake has a remarkable yard (Longevity Gardens) that everyone living in an arid environment should visit.  I would agree with everything presented here except:

    1.  Jake has an unusual yard for Phoenix.  His heavy use of wood chips in just a few years has remarkably rehabilitated Phoenix's poor soils (essentially zero carbon, zero nitrogen, salty and alkaline soil) into the rather loose friable soil you saw him digging into.

    2.  Use of rock dust is unnecessary (unsustainable and expensive) as our alluvial deposited soils are almost certainly more rich in the available nutrients expensive rock dust provides than the rock dust itself.  Heck, we should be selling it!

    3.  Actually the nursery planted the tree 1" too deep.  The correct planting height is at the root crown which is the first root down from the graft point.  It is easy and highly detrimental to plant a tree too deep, but not harmful to plant too shallow (raised mount).  I doubt an inch makes much difference in this case, especially with some settling. In nature the uppermost roots near the trunk are part out or the ground around the tree and help wick water away from the trunk keeping it dry. 

    4. The choice of genetic miniature peaches is a good one, especially for Jake's yard—they are exceedingly zen in appearance.  And very attractive to me.  But I would have tried other varieties in addition to Bonanza (including nectarines) to spread out the crop over time.  DWN (Zaiger) and LE Cooke have an assortment, some at 300 chill hours.

    5.  Layering soil is an extremely bad idea.  Water will fail to penetrate into the layer until it is completely saturated and then it proceeds to the next layer…etc.  It can roll off to the sides in the meantime and never penetrate down.  You are better off just using native soil from the hole and supplementing any loss with a shovel or two full of finished compost WELL mixed in.  And sand in our soil makes adobe not good drainage.  Sandy soil provides good drainage because it has spent eons forming.  Mankind does not replicate that worth a darn.

    6.  With friable soil like Jake's you can dig a hole and plant.  For most of Phoenix with highly compacted and salt bridged soil you really need to dig out a 4 foot wide hole to loosen up the soil for the newly growing roots to grow into or they won't.  Jake's yard is proof of the power of wood chips to quickly rehab our soil, plus I happen to think it looks attractive at his place.

    7.  Heavy infrequent watering to a depth of 3-4 feet is how to get roots to grow down deep.  Roots grow randomly out and down (they will grow uop but not as well).  Roots grow where there is moisture, and tree roots mostly in the upper 3 feet of soil. Or better put, if roots fail to find moisture they die back.  THis is a good thing becuase in making the attempt they opened up the soil, creating a channel for future air, water and a new root to try to grow, they left behind detritus for soil life to feed upon enriching the soil in carbon (humus) and nitrogen.  And the next time there is water in that area it will percolate in and tend to stay providing an area for a new root to grow into and remain.  So plants rehab the soil too over time.  BTW, deciduous trees shed (apoptosis) much of their micro (feeder) roots at the same time as their leaves resulting in enrichment below the ground for the next spring's microroots growing back.

    Just Az.com productions

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    I think you're right about that 50 50 mix. I've had bad luck with some fruit trees and I think that's why. Next tree gets the 70 30 treatment. Thanks for sharing this.

    Harsimran Singh

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Won't the fruit fall in to the pond?

    zen is good (308)

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    Nice I like

    Bertha Soto

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    H ow tall do they get?

    Shadow The Dragon Emperor

    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    I am vegan to
    I am dutch 😀 


    (March 29, 2017 - 5:16 am)

    There are so many different varieties of fruit and nut trees you can plant in the phoenix area!  Whether it is Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler etc. this is a great video of the soil mix I use to plant most my edible trees! 🙂

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