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Lifting and potting a tree

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729

Hi all,

Theres a tree growing behind my favourite bush that I'd like to move, preferably into a patio container.  Inbelieve it's a cherry tree my mother planted during a bit of guerilla gardening.

Any tips?

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,531

    Water it first, get as much soil as you can with the root ball as you dig it up and water it well afterwards.

    Some cherries do fine in pots but there are lots of different ones - do you know what sort it is? 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729

    I don't actually, I'ok try to find out before moving it but I need to get a large container for it anyway - any idea what size, or is that similarly dependant on the plant in question?

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    How big is the tree? If its only small, don't put it in a big pot.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    Here it is.  Still unsure what to do...!


  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,893
    I've been told in the past that shrubs/trees that have been in the ground won't thrive if you put them into a container. My experience is that this isn't true, but I'm interested if there are exceptions....
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    edited April 2018
    Fire said:
    I've been told in the past that shrubs/trees that have been in the ground won't thrive if you put them into a container. My experience is that this isn't true, but I'm interested if there are exceptions....
    Any suggestions on how big a container?

    I can’t find any online advice about it.  It’s about 2m tall, roots you can see are in a bucket.

    Im trying to avoid spending money, but even plastic containers seem way overpriced.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    Forgive me but it is not looking too attractive at the moment. Are you intending to grow it as a multi stemmed tree?
    If it's not too snug in the bucket already, I would just put drainage holes in the bucket and use that for the time being. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    hogweed said:
    Forgive me but it is not looking too attractive at the moment. Are you intending to grow it as a multi stemmed tree?
    If it's not too snug in the bucket already, I would just put drainage holes in the bucket and use that for the time being. 
    Yeah, it’s been hidden behind a bush for a few years.  I’ve only got it due to guerilla gardening by my mother a few years ago.

    Isnt it the wrong time of year for pruning? Thought I’d leave as is until winter.
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