pot'em or plant'em?

mamimo(Sunset 16)April 14, 2006

This is my 2nd year gardening. Last year was a good learning year and I'm all geared for another year of fun.

Here's one of my project. I've ordered some trees and shrubs from Arborday foundation and I want to see if I can baby them to thrive. The goo-ey, heavy clay that passes for soil in my yard is tough even on my existing trees and shrubs that came B&B/containers. So I'm thinking that I'll pot the bare root "twigs" in some nice, good soil and baby them in a partially shaded area first and plant them out in their permanent spots this Fall. Is this a good plan? Or will they be happier planted in their permanent spots from the get-go? These spots will be in full sun and fairly windy.

Many thanks for your advice!

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username_5(banned for no reason)

I don't recomend babying trees in regards to the soil they will have to grow in.

Put them into the ground and do the best you can. If they don't make it it is only because they aren't suited to your environment. It is much better to have a baby tree fail when it can be pulled out or easily dug out than when it is 40' tall and requires a paid crew to come remove.

amending the soil is usually not worth the bother either since most trees send roots much deeper than it is reasonable to try and amend.

The trees can either handle your soil or they cannot.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2006 at 5:47PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

I agree with the previous poster....if you need another opinion.
Some of that gooey heavy clay supports some amazing rrowth.
Linda C

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 1:04PM
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mamimo(Sunset 16)

Ok, tough love it is then! Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 10:41PM
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