Root bound conifers

qwadeAugust 11, 2014

Time of year I see a lot of root bound trees. Nurserys do not like to take them back and pot up. Cost money! so they discount them.

Most of my plantings survive despite my "help" but I was interested to see how others deal with this.

What is your procedure for planting of root bound trees?

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Shave 'em. Including a link to a relevant post by Dr. Bert Cregg at MSU.

Here is a link that might be useful: Another close shave

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:51PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

wonder what you do.. when you dont have two burly women with a power washer handy??? .. lol ...

timing is imperative in this process ... fall or early spring ... so the plant has time to settle in.. and get its roots pumping.. before the heat of summer ...


    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:26PM
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Usually I tease as best I can

couple years ago H D had 1 gal P. abies Little Gem half price,,,small roots all over outside of ball
sliced& teased one
other I dug fingers up thru bottom,,pulling & tearing until I had a mushroom,,,,that's doubled in size now.
other died over 1st winter.
Fine for a $4 plant,,,would or could I with 5gal,,,$65 beauty?
Don't know,,,ron

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:09PM
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