I have an apple tree now. His name is Dale. Dale was the obvious name, as "It's a Braeburn." If you don't get that, look it up! "dale +it's a braeburn" will get you the answer.
I prepaid for Dale in December to save 15%. The nurseryman forgot to order a bare-root Braeburn for me, so, when I went to pick him up, offered me another apple variety. That was fine, but I wanted the best kind for growing in our local area. Other than Pink Lady, Braeburn would be it, and I don't care for Pink Lady's taste nearly so much. So, he let me have last year's bare-root tree for the same price. It was much larger and potted in a RootTrapper bag.
The hole had been dug in January, put rain kept it filled nearly constantly. I finally filled the hole back in, and planted Dale in a raised bed of cinder blocks two high. The nurseryman told me to take 1/3 off all the branches, and the ones that crossed each other, as well as making sure a bud was pointing out. Dale
deserves the best care, so I bought some new, nicer pruners. I have never planted a tree before, let alone pruned one that mattered for fruit development, so let's keep our fingers crossed I did it right.
I want to mention the nursery I go to. It is Shooting Star Nursery in Central Point, Oregon. The employees are so helpful and friendly. Nothing I have bought there has died, which is saying something for their healthy stock, not my green thumb.
I was going to return the RootTrapper bag, but then discovered online
they can be used for vegetable growing! So, it may be a tomato or
pepper planter this spring if I run out of planter room or pots.