General Planting Instructions for Container Grown Trees
- Step 1 (Prep the Planting Site): Dig a hole 3 to 4 times wider than the container.
- Step 2 (Unpack the Tree): Carefully remove the tree from the container keeping the soil around the roots intact. It helps to tap the outside of the container to loosen the edge. Carefully slide the tree from the container. Be careful not to yank the tree out of the container as this can separate the roots from the tree. In some cases, containerized trees can become root-bound or the roots look like they're about to circle the root ball. If your tree is like this, cut an 'X' across the bottom of the root ball and four vertical slices along the sides of the root ball with a sharp knife.
- Step 3 (Plant the Tree): Set the tree in the middle of the hole. Avoid planting the tree too deep. If the root collar sits below the top of the hole, compact some soil under the tree so that the root flare at the base of the trunk is slightly above ground level. Using some soil, secure the tree in a straight position, then fill and firmly pack the hole with the original soil, making sure there aren't any air pockets. Keep backfilling until the soil is just below the root collar. Add a thick layer of mulch around the tree but try to avoid having the mulch touch the trunk.
- Step 4 (Water): Water generously after planting. If planting in Spring or Summer, you should water thoroughly 2 to 3 times per week, for the first 4 to 6 weeks after planting. Once that time has passed, depending on the tree, you can begin to water less frequently.
If you have any questions on care for your specific tree, shrub, or plant, please Contact the Growing Home Farms team here or give us a call at (800) 652-9079 ~ we're here to help!