Is bare root or potted better

maryhawkins99January 28, 2013

Generally I like bare root plants, but I've read on this forum before that the large potted figs do better.

Which would you plant; a: a bare root celeste, probably a Dave Wilson tree, from bay laurel or raintree, or b: a 5 ft potted Celeste, probably root bound, from a local nursery?


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wisner_gw wisner

I don't think a large potted tree would necessarily do better than a bare root tree. You may get figs quicker from the larger tree, but the bare root tree may grow faster and become the better tree of the two.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 9:55PM
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Thanks. I've found for all my other fruit types, bare rooted is better. I've just never been completely sure with figs; everyone repots them all the time; once in a while i see a post where potted is better; & figs seem indestructable

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:37AM
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Ok, so I ordered a Celeste from a nursery that's always shipped me bare root trees. But this time they sent me the fig grown in a quart container. Terribly root bound. I dd my best to unravel the roots, but they were a solid mass. Will it be ok, or should I start over with a David Wilson bare root Celeste?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:59PM
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wisner_gw wisner

Hopefully it will be ok since it is a young tree.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 10:17PM
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It sounds to me like you basically bare rooted it yourself. Figs grow feet like mad, don't worry about it.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 6:16PM
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I have had large potted trees runt out on me more than a few times. If they are potted bareroot them yourself. Make sure the root system is not wrapped in a tight ball in the center of the root ball. In general I prefer bareroot or a small tree thats easy for me to bareroot myslef.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 8:43PM
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Thanks for the info. I think I'll just get a new Celeste. The rootbound one might be ok, but I'd rather not find out in a couple years that there's a problem.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 2:43PM
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I personally prefer potted trees it is less root shocked, Although I used both. The potted one produces faster than the barefeet. Both later grew ok but in my case I don't allow my trees to grow over 7-8 feet. I don't want to hang on ladders to collect few figs. Ladders accidents is a concern.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 10:36PM
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noss(Zone 9a Lafayette, LA)

If the root ball is little, then take a sharp box cutter and score the root ball vertically to open those roots to be able to grow outward instead of curling round and round. It's worked very well for me. Don't know how that would work on a large root ball.


    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 1:45AM
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