Planting a Cherry Tree
Is it okay to plant cherry trees in mid-winter (in the south of France, not very cold)? If so, how can we help protect it until spring arrives?
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Even if it is not too cold, I would not recommend fully planting them until spring. The benefit in spring is the warm weather causes the tree to establish rapidly and the water from the rain provides support for the rapid growth. This also helps it deal with the shock of transplanting better. You would not have these advantages now. You are better off heeling the plant in, in a sheltered location, then planting it out properly in spring. Here is more information on heeling in: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/heeling-in-plants.htm