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    Potted trees

    How long will trees live when kept in a pot. I will be having a well put on my land in the fall but would like to take advantage of the clearance prices from my local retailers. Will they be able to live for three to four months in the containers?

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    Oak
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
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    St. Louis zone 6
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    RE: Potted trees

    It takes some luck. I kept a 3ft Red Maple in a 5 gallon pot all last summer and it did o.k. Darn near killed an identical sized Dawn Redwood in the same type of pot five feet away though. You gotta worry about keeping the roots cool (by putting the pot in a hole?), soil compaction (a bit of potting soil mixed into the dirt?), girdling roots (big pot), and over or underwatering (good drainage and a lucky testing finger). It might be easier just to transplant the tree into a garden then out of it in the fall.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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    Sapling
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    May 2005
    Location
    Central New york
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    RE: Potted trees

    If you want to take the risk, bury the pot most of the way into well-drained ground, mulch it well to just over the the top of the pot, and then water the pot regularly (but don't drown the tree).

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