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transplanting to larger pots - time?

Posted by gw409 ny metro area (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 15, 12 at 14:06

hello:

i have had a 3 foot weeping white pine in a large container for 2 years, and a 4 foot miss kim lilac purchased b&b and planted in the garden 2 years ago.

i wish to transplant both of them to large planters to remain as patio plants. when would be the best time to do this? i know it should be done before full growth starts but because the weather here in the north east has been unusually warm growth has started (especially on the lilac)

i would rather not wait until fall.
any advice would be appreciated
thanks


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RE: transplanting to larger pots - time?

For the one in the garden - how well has it settled in?

If it has barely moved out from its 'planter shape' you may be able to lift it even now with very little trouble. Just hose off the garden dirt and replant in the container of your choice using fresh fresh 'patio pot' mix.

If it has dug in you may need to root prune around HALF of the ball so some growth in that root zone can occur before winter sets in. Protect it from wind rock by using some sort of windbreak suitable for your area and weather.

The other half can be done in spring.

You may also need to prune back the top after flowering next year so that the transpiration rate of the leaves doesn't outpace the ability of the roots to get water to them.

The pine. Suggest you find someone locally who does bonsai - preferably a commercial nursery - and ask for local advice. If you are going to keep a pine in a container you want it to have plenty of feeder roots rather than massive anchor roots which don't send much food upward.

I'm not saying to put it into any sort of bonsai pot - yet those root development techniques will let you keep your pine in a pot for years - if you are willing to undertake the root care required.


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