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Watering dormant trees in pots?

Posted by insipidtoast (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 20, 11 at 14:27


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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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 20, 11 at 19:29

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.


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Zone 10a - Coastal Mediterranean Climate.

RE: Watering dormant trees in pots?

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

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