Wintering indoors.

beeman_gardener(5)May 22, 2013

I hope fruitnut might look at this for me.
I recently bought two new trees. An Allstar peach and a Puegot (sp) apricot. Both on dwarf stock, in 14 inch dia pots.
Was about to dig them in, but noticed my nectarine is frost damaged, so am now concerned about wasting these two.
Would it be acceptable to lower the pots into the ground for summer, wait till dormant, then bring inside an unheated garage for winter?
If possible, what precautions regarding winter treatment?
Will they out grow the pots and require larger?
How about root pruning?
Any help, please?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

beeman:

Franktank in Wisconsin is doing this so you might contact him or maybe he will see this. It can be done but is a lot more effort and the tree will need repotting after a few years. I water mine every day in summer.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:24PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I do this with all kinds of trees (My backyard looks like a nursery)...

You can plant them in the ground, but its just additional work, but if you are going for a "look" for your yard or whatever, then go ahead...you will most likely have roots growing out of the bottom of the pot by late summer, which will probably have some negative effect next year (too much top/not enough bottom?)... I'd use min 15 gallon pot. You can use whiskey barrels, but put them on wheels and be prepared for them to rot out in 5 years or so unless you line them with something.

Garage is fine. They'll do great. My pluots all look great...all 8 varieties.

One issue you may run into is height. I prefer short trees/low branching...i'm getting to the point i have to angle my trees into the garage (Garage door is only so tall)...

Winter treatment? I roll them in there and take them out in spring... roll them in and out of the frosts if you want. Maybe make sure they have a little moisture before setting them away for winter...

Have a decent dolly handy too...even 15 gallon plastic pots get heavy.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:32PM
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