How to Care for your New Fruit Trees

At Fruit Tree Cottage, we love our fruit trees and edible plants… but most of all, we love helping customers like you to create beautiful, edible gardens that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Receiving your Trees

Your trees were packed with care to ensure they were kept safe in transit, but we understand that things can sometimes go wrong.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your trees upon arrival, please notify us and send us photos within the first 24 hours, so we can work out a solution.

Some plants may have delicate leaves which can yellow and / or drop during transit or shortly after arrival. This is common and can be a result of limited sunlight whilst being shipped. As long as the plant is watered and cared for appropriately, it will soon settle and in time new leaves and stems will emerge.

Of course, we always love to hear how our plants are doing, so we welcome any photos of your trees in their new homes, or growth progress pics, which you may wish to share!


Your trees will arrive thirsty after their big trip in the post, so once unpacked, please give them all a really good drink.

Either place them in a bucket with some water for an hour or so, or give them a couple of good, gentle soaks with a hose or watering can.

From here on, they will need DAILY watering while still in their pots - or twice daily if the weather is particularly hot. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to water.

Your trees can safely remain in their pots for several weeks, if required, while you work out a permanent planting space.


Depending on the varieties you have purchased, your trees or edible plants may require a space in your garden or orchard, or for small and dwarf varieties, a large pot or grow bag may be suitable.

For specific care and planting instructions, please refer to either the tree’s label or our website, where you’ll find an array of useful tips:


We suggest that you do not mix fertiliser into the soil nor place any in the bottom of the hole into which you are planting your new fruit tree. Instead, allow your tree to settle and establish for the first month or two before applying the fertiliser of your choice as directed by the product instructions. 

Of course, if you’re ever unsure or in need of advice, we’re just an email or phone call away!

Happy planting, and we sincerely hope you will be thrilled with your purchase.

Thank you from the Fruit Tree Cottage Team!