Dig a hole a little larger than the dirt in the pot. The
level of the dirt in the pot should be ground level after planting.
Remove the bottom of the pot by tearing or cutting it away from
the sides of the pot. Check to see if there are any long roots
curled at the bottom. If there are, cut those off even with
the dirt. This "root pruning" will actually stimulate
more roots to form. Make a cut up the side of the pot, but do
not remove it yet. Set the potted plant in the hole and fill
in the hole loosely with dirt. Now remove the pot by gently
pulling it up. "Heel in" or tamp the loose dirt around
the tree. Water in well. Do not put fertilizer in the hole during
the planting procedure, but do fertilize with a tree fertilizer
containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium each spring,
following manufacturer’s instructions.
Keep the tree in good moisture content April through mid-September. Do not water October or November to aid the tree in going dormant. After the tree is dormant, a monthly watering during the winter months will help the tree be more cold resistant.