Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Transplanting a tree from 5-1-1 into ground

Posted by ykerzner 9 TX (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 2, 12 at 13:13

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.)

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Transplanting a tree from 5-1-1 into ground


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.


RE: Transplanting a tree from 5-1-1 into ground

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 2, 12 at 14:12

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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here