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Will a tree ever grow healthy in a pot

Posted by MexicoNisse Mexico (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 20, 13 at 20:52

My dream is to have a big tree on my terrace. I bought the biggest pot I could find and put a 2,5 meter (100 inches) laurel ficus tree in it. First it lost half of the leaves, which is common when repotting. But in one year it has not grown anything at all and is still "skinny".

- Can a tree ever grow higher than 100 inches in a pot?
- How can I make it grow really lush?

It seems like pots not only hinders but fully stops growth on taller plants. Anything to do about it? My location is a dry, sunny place in Mexico. I water it 1-2 a week.

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RE: Will a tree ever grow healthy in a pot

To grow trees successfully in containers, you need to have a good understanding of container culture.....what makes a good potting medium, how to fertilize properly, how to water properly, when to repot, how to root prune, etc. It's possible to maintain a good sized tree in a large container for a very long time with the proper care.

You might have some homework to do just to evaluate if you've planted the tree properly, if the potting mix is a good one, and if you've been watering properly.

What are all those stakes doing in the pot? Was the plant healthy to
begin with?

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