Prepare the plant:
After the holidays are over, do not wait for the spring and get to work. A potted plant should not be kept indoors for more than two weeks. Move your pot to the garage or back porch so that it acclimatizes to the outside temperature before being planted in soil.
Prepare the soil:
Select an area where the soil is fertile and gets good amount of sunshine. Dig a hole that is 2 3 times as wide as the tree root ball. While selecting the area, keep in mind that the tree will eventually grow big and will need more space than now. Place dried leaves and mulch in this hole as a prevention from the cold.
Remove the plastic from the root ball of the potted plant. Tap the soil loose. Put the tree in the hole upright and redirect the root away from the root ball so that they grow out from the plant. Fill the hole around the root ball with the unearthed soil you had after digging the hole. Leave 2 3 inches of the root ball exposed over the soil Fill the hole in layers. Water the soil to settle it down. Apply a top layer of mulch. You do not need to fertilize your tree before the spring.
Keep your tree watered. A good layer of mulch helps to retain the moisture.
Placing stakes around the tree will help it against the winds. Insert two wooden stakes on each side of the tree and tie them to the base of the tree.