Obviously, the sales people I encounter in my area big box stores
have not taken your classes.
The fruit tree stock may be fresh, but it is often misslabled. When
I checked on a misslabled tree recently, I discovered it had gone
through at least three sources from initial grower to distributor to
the final seller. It was impossible to trace the variety.
They are *OK*. Yes, Fall is the best time to plant trees, but if you
are in zone 5 or north, it is getting kind of late to be planting trees
- October was best.
You might be better off looking for a real, full time nursery. You
might be able to find a tree that has a larger trunk, and one that will
get established and start bearing fruit much faster.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, fall is not the best time to plant
stone fruit trees. Winter is the best time because you can purchase
bare root stock which is much cheaper than a balled root tree, and
will establish itself better.
We don't have snow and frozen ground. Life is a little different than
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