Watering dormant trees in pots?

insipidtoastSeptember 20, 2011


I have some mesquite trees that I started from seed in tree pots this summer. I'd like to leave them in the nursery one more year before planting them out. I've never cared for deciduous trees in a nursery setting before.

Is there some risk of rotting the plant if you keep it too wet during the winter after it's lost all its leaves and is dormant? Should I try to keep the pots on the drier side? Or keep them moist?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Where do you live? You might consider adding your state & USDA zone to your user info, even a large city near you would be helpful.

Barely moist is the order of the day for trees dormant and quiescent. I over-winter a lot (150+) of trees in an attached unheated garage, and I usually just toss a little snow on them every 4-6 weeks.


    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 7:29PM
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Zone 10a - Coastal Mediterranean Climate.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 12:36AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

In a med climate the rain is in the winter. I have trees in pots that go through a winter of 30 to 40 inches of rain with no problem. Of course I also use a good soil less mix that drains well. Al

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 9:12AM
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