Winter marks the beginning of bare root fruit tree season! In the Bay Area, winter is an excellent opportunity to start or add to your home orchard.
During the early months of the New Year, bare root trees arrive at local retail nurseries and are available at a significant cost savings compared to potted trees. They are sold with their bare roots exposed. A wide variety of trees are available in dwarf- and semi-dwarf forms for easy care and harvesting.
Plant these trees while they're still in their winter dormant period. Their root systems will get established over the winter months (and with any luck, Mother Nature will take care of the watering chores), and awaken and thrive in the spring. Most trees will bear fruit the next year!