mljjranch,The only thing that I noticed different was that they appear to be grafted onto a different root system, by the way the tree is growing from the root. (or maybe that is normal, lol)
I'm not sure what effect (good or bad) the foam insulation around the trunk will have on the health of the tree. I do know that foam won't offer a barrier to a rabbit's teeth. It may also harbor insects and allow a snug place for them to overwinter. It may impart an unbalanced temperature differential to the trunk as compared to the rest of the tree. It is possible that the tree may then not go into dormancy when it should or it may come out of dormancy too early in the spring. You might try one tree and experiment with it. I'm sure I would not risk my entire new orchard.oakhillhubbards said:I'm so glad this thread got started. I just got my bare-root whips in (Macintosh semi-dwarf) in zone 6, and they go in on Tuesday.
I was thinking of using pipe insulation (the kind that looks like the foam 'noodles' kids use in pools these days) because it has a slit up one side and I bet it's a pretty good insulator with out weird weather here just north of Pittsburgh.
Can anyone think of why that may not be a good idea? I plan to wrap tape around them too, b/c I expect the slit up the side of the foam to invite all kinds of problems.