Planting

Planting
Planting
Each school taking part in the Our School Orchard project will receive three one year old apple trees or ‘maiden whips’ as they’re known to take away with them. After a short training course provided by volunteers from the Orchards Live organisation the students will be able to return to school knowing how best to plant their trees.

Maiden whip being placed in to a bagA maiden whip has a single stem with no branches (side shoots)
* It has plenty of roots so when the hole is dug it needs to be only as deep as the roots but wide enough so they aren’t bent when placed in to the hole.
 
  • It’s important that the whips are planted as soon as possible but this can be somewhere temporary until the ‘planting lesson’ takes place.

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HOW AND WHERE TO PLANT

  • Choose a location that is sunny but also sheltered.
  • Dig a hole that is no deeper than the roots but is wide enough so that the roots aren’t squashed in. 
  • Man points out where the tree has been grafted on to the root stock
  • Make sure that only the roots are planted in the hole and not the stem above the line where the tree has been joined (grafted) on to the roots.
  • There is no need for any manure or top soils to be added in to the hole. 
  • Place the tree in the hole and then carefully refill the soil with the added compost around and in between the roots until the hole is filled.
  • Only press the soil down if the ground isn’t that wet. If the ground is very wet then pressing down the soil will make it hard for the roots to take hold in the ground.
  • Water the tree when planted.

Each school taking part in the Our School Orchard project will receive three one year old apple trees or ‘maiden whips’ as they’re known to take away with them. After a short training course provided by volunteers from the Orchards Live organisation the students will be able to return to school knowing how best to plant their trees.

Maiden whip being placed in to a bagA maiden whip has a single stem with no branches (side shoots)
* It has plenty of roots so when the hole is dug it needs to be only as deep as the roots but wide enough so they aren’t bent when placed in to the hole.
 
  • It’s important that the whips are planted as soon as possible but this can be somewhere temporary until the ‘planting lesson’ takes place.

HOW AND WHERE TO PLANT

  • Choose a location that is sunny but also sheltered.
  • Dig a hole that is no deeper than the roots but is wide enough so that the roots aren’t squashed in. 
  • Man points out where the tree has been grafted on to the root stock
  • Make sure that only the roots are planted in the hole and not the stem above the line where the tree has been joined (grafted) on to the roots.
  • There is no need for any manure or top soils to be added in to the hole. 
  • Place the tree in the hole and then carefully refill the soil with the added compost around and in between the roots until the hole is filled.
  • Only press the soil down if the ground isn’t that wet. If the ground is very wet then pressing down the soil will make it hard for the roots to take hold in the ground.
  • Water the tree when planted.