It’s best to plant these trees immediately. Exposure to air and sunlight fro even a brief period can dill a tree’s root system, and eventually, the tree. If you cannot, keep them in cold storage and moist so they’ll be alive when you can plant them. To get best results, plant them as soon as you can.
Transplant survival rapidly diminishes during the spring as buds swell and break, therefore, your stock should be planted long before this occurs.
While planting, you must keep the roots moist all the time, but don’t do this by putting them in a bucket of water; the roots will be denied oxygen. Put them in a bucket of muddy water or saturated polymer. Remove them one at a time to plant.
If you are using a fertilizer tablet and polymer, place each in the prepared hole, or, better yet, mix polymer slurry with back fill dirt before planting your tree.
Take care to notice the roots as you plant. They should spread naturally, and NEVER turn up. Compact the soil around the roots gently and then water as soon as possible.
The following diagram shows the correct way to plant your trees: