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Growing Trees and Shrubs in Containers

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With home landscapes getting smaller and many homeowners now living in condos and high rises, there is a new trend of growing small trees and shrubs in containers. This is a very easy practice that requires little space and only a small amount of maintenance time on a weekly basis. There are countless trees and shrubs that grow very nicely in containers.

Time of Year: Anytime that plants are available from your favorite Garden Center

Tools

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Large Pot Drainage Holes

Tool

Potting Soil

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Tree

Shrub

Shrub

Pea Gravel

Pea Gravel

Stalite (Permatil)

1

Fill the container with potting soil 2/3rds full (do not tamp down potting soil!)

2

Remove plant form nursery pot and evaluate root system

TIP

List of some recommended trees:
Japanese maple varieties (there are hundreds of Varieties to choose from)
Ryusen J. Maple
Waterfall J. Maple
Autumn Moon J. Maple
Moonrise Japanese Maple
Redbuds:
Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud
Rising Sun Redbud
Carolina Sweetheart Redbud
Whitewater Redbud
Forest Pansy Redbud
Traveller Weeping Redbud
Chinese Fringe tree
Contorted Filbert
Weeping Chinese Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood
Northlight Dawn Redwood
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Dwarf Ginkgo

3

Loosen roots and/or cut them if they are matted on the outside of the rootball

4

Place plant into container, plant at same level as it was in the nursery pot (do not plant deeper!)

TIP

List of some recommended trees:
Japanese maple varieties (there are hundreds of Varieties to choose from)
Ryusen J. Maple
Waterfall J. Maple
Autumn Moon J. Maple
Moonrise Japanese Maple
Redbuds:
Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud
Rising Sun Redbud
Carolina Sweetheart Redbud
Whitewater Redbud
Forest Pansy Redbud
Traveller Weeping Redbud
Chinese Fringe tree
Contorted Filbert
Weeping Chinese Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood
Northlight Dawn Redwood
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Dwarf Ginkgo

5

Fill in around planted plant with potting soil

6

Water to saturate (water will run out of the drainage hole)

7

Wait 20 minutes and repeat watering

8

Wait another 20 minutes and repeat watering (you only have to do this when potting, not every time you water)

9

Add potting soil if it has settled

10

Add a ½ inch layer of Permatil to container on the top (keeps squirrels out!)

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Place in appropriate light exposure

12

Water as needed… it will vary according to sun and temperature (let the soil dry out between watering)

Congratulations! You did it! Sit back and enjoy your new lawn addition!

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