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  1. #1
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    Potting Trees

    I planted some tree seedlings that I bought from the foundation in a plot of ground in my back yard. Winter is approaching and we recently decided to move. I would like to take the trees with me, but the ground may be frozen when we move. I would like to dig the seedlings up and temporarily plant the in 1 gallon pots until the spring. Is this safe for the trees? Any recomendations?
    Thanks for your assistance!
    Doug
    (I Live in Maryland)

  2. #2
    Oak
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    St. Louis zone 6
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    RE: Potting Trees

    I have a little experience with trees in pots.

    The pots are not ideal for most trees but it can be done. I've had trouble using regular soil since it compacts soo tightly in pots. Also there is the nightmare of sufficient drainage and the winter time problem of freezing roots. That said, I'd still take my seedlings with me in pots since they may live and the worst they can do is die.

    I've had luck with Red Maple, Golden Hinoki Cypress, and Sugar Sweet Cherry. A Dawn Redwood I have in a pot is struggling.

    I've read you can bury the pots partially and insulate them to help the roots not freeze.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

  3. #3
    pwk16
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    RE: Potting Trees

    You can transplant the trees and transport them in pots, but I wouldn't leave them in pots to freeze. I suppose you could dig them up, put them in pots, and keep them in an unheated garage for some while, but in Virginia it's probably possible to plant trees throughout the winter unless you have a fantastic cold snap.
    Pots tend to heat up and cool off and roots like the constant 55F of being below ground.

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