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Re: tree roots

  • Subject: Re: tree roots
  • From: "Robert Leask" <rleask@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 22:27:24 +0000


How about a picture of a 200 gallon pot in your mag.  Do you own a backhoe?  
Just kidding.  I think you meant 20 and 10 gallon which are used for trees.

For Barbara - I am in Southern Ontario 5a.  Even when overwintering in 
plastic posts above ground (which I then bury in leaves), I try to fill the 
pots to the brim with soil and then shake it off in the spring when I 
uncover them.  Thus no place for water to pool and freeze.

>From: Len Phillips <lenphillips@yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: hosta-open@hort.net
>To: hosta-open@hort.net
>Subject: Re: tree roots
>Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 11:16:44 -0700 (PDT)
>Barbara,  the 2 gallon pots will be fine for small and new plants.  Given
>time you will discover that all the plants become pot bound with their
>roots, then you have to go to a larger size.
>I like to use the very large nursery pots that are used for growing trees.
>  For example my Sum & Substance is in a 200 gallon pot, Blue Umbrellas in
>a 100 gallon size, etc.  They are very difficult to lift every year, but
>with a couple of shovels and strong backs on opposite sides of the pot,
>they do come up.
>A lot of people ask me where to get the large pots.  I have found many of
>mine at the local recycling center.  The rest of them I get from a couple
>of nursery contractors who stock pile them at their yard for a year, then
>throw them away.  One contractor delivers them to me because he likes to
>see things recycled.
>I'm glad to read that this system has worked for you.
>--- Barbara Jackson <jacksonb@brandonu.ca> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I tried the planting in 2 gallon pots this past winter and every single
> > one
> > survived despite my skepticism.  :)  I just completed digging them all
> > up
> > and cutting away the feeder roots and discovered that one or two
> > actually
> > had the feeder roots growing just under the surface of the soil which
> > had
> > been mounded about 2 inches over the top of the pot under the ground.
> > They
> > were easy to dispose of and the pots will go back in the ground after
> > the
> > bed is redug, yet again.
> >
> > BJ in SW MB
> > P. S.  Are 2 gallon pots big enough???
>Len Phillips
>Editor of Hosta Magazine
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