Safe to Transplant Dwarf Conifers into Gritty MIx?

tillygrowerApril 29, 2012

I just picked up a few true miniature conifers and I was thinking of keeping them in containers. I've moved other plants in to gritty mix, but I'm worried about doing this with conifers. Even when I plant conifers in the garden, it seems like they really do not like having their roots disturbed. I seem to always get some die back before the plants recover. I've read somewhere that you shouldn't bareroot conifers. Is there an advantage to moving to the gritty mix in stages (using the sequential wedge technique Al describes), or should I bareroot and put them in gritty mix right off the bat? Thanks for any advice!

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

What are you working with? Just the genera is all I need.


    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:37PM
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2 genera: Pinus and Chamaecyparis.

Looking forward to hearing your advice, Al. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 12:28AM
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I think you should be fine. It would be best if you can transplant them before they break bud and start to push new growth. I did the same with mine a few weeks back. I attach a link to some pictures in case you're interested.


Here is a link that might be useful: My conifers after transplant into gritty mix

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 12:39PM
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Alex, thanks for the advice and link to your photo.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:40PM
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Based on Al's question to me, I am curious if there are certain genera of conifers that predictably tolerate bare-rooting better than others...

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 11:29PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I find that most conifers tolerate bare-rooting quite well.
The key is to bare-root and re-pot during the proper time of year (or, rather, plant activity).
In general, I re-pot my conifers in late Winter before the buds begin to break/move. I have re-potted
Pines, Cedar, Calocedrus, Cypress, Sequoia, Picea, Yew, and Cryptomeria without any problem at all.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 1:47PM
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Given the season and temps (90 here today!), would you suggest I up-pot them into a traditional (probably peat-based) potting soil for now, and wait until next late winter to bare-root and move them to gritty mix?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 8:12PM
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