When should I plant my new Abies koreanea 'Aurea'?
Local nursery was having a sale, and while I don't like to plant in the summer, I couldn't resist the little Aurea. It's b&b, then stuck in a pot for sale-looks like it's been in the pot for a while--it was probably put there after digging in spring. I plan to wash the roots before planting and clean up anything that might cause problems, then plant it in native soil.
The first question is: is it better to go ahead and get it in the ground, or wait until fall? We're having mild summer so far (keeping my fingers crossed that it will continue), and the next week is supposed to be overcast/some rain with temps around 70 F--great planting weather. The other option would be to keep it in an area with a little shade and try to keep the clay ball from drying out over the next couple months.
The next question: I've seen different growth rates published for this tree--from 2-12"/year. Mine looks like it's grown about 4" year in the past, so I'm guessing once in the ground and settled in it will probably be around 6" a year. Does this sound reasonable?