Like I mentioned in my intro to the forum, my wife and I are starting a small, (mostly) new orchard on the former site of a very old orchard, now overgrown with young forest. We’re in Dutchess County NY. We’re planting some 3-4 year old trees (mostly from Alan, which is how I was introduced to this forum), some bareroot mail-order trees, and leaving some space for trees TBD.
The actual clearing of the area got started late, unfortunately - just this week. Now the trees are flowering. Our contractor wants to wait until fruit set to move the trees (currently in containers, which is how most were grown). That could be another two weeks (+/- a few days). Our thinking was that we should get them in the ground ASAP given that we’re past the ideal transplanting time already, but I don’t know if transplanting them while they’re flowering is inherently a “bad thing” that would suggest waiting.
What does the forum think? We’re not worried about this year’s yield - just optimizing the long-term health of the trees. Should we get the trees in the ground ASAP, wait until after fruit set, or not worry about it either way?