Transplanting a tree from 5-1-1 into ground

ykerzner(9 TX)January 2, 2012

I know it's a bit early in the season to ask about transplanting trees into the ground, but it's better to get this out there now. I have a citron in a pot of 5-1-1 that's been doing okay for the last eight months or so. It periodically loses a quarter of its leaves every few months for no obvious reason, but did have a good growth spurt in the summer. However, it's getting too big for the container and I'd like to put it into the ground, which is heavy gumbo here in Houston. How should the pine fines be separated from the root system to prevent differences between the current and future soil when watering, and also to make the transition as smooth as possible? (Citron is like citrus in its care.)

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello!

It should be incredibly easy to bare-root the citron and then plant it in the ground.
If drainage is an issue, plant your citron on a mound. Set the root-ball on top of the
mound and spread the roots outward in all directions as if they were spokes on a wheel.
Water the planting very well, and mulch the entire area with conifer bark, being careful
not to touch the actual trunk of the tree with bark (pull the mulch back a few inches).

If the area tends to be dry in summer, a berm around the drip-line would also be advised.

Josh

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:20PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Also - correct any circling, girdling, j-hooked, roots, and those roots growing back toward the center of the root mass at planting time ....... and make sure all the roots remain moist at transplant time. It only takes a few minutes for the finest and all-important (as water/nutrient gatherers) to die from dessication.

Al

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 2:12PM
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