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CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
Hi guys,

I received my tree saplings yesterday through the post and I won't be planting the trees in the ground for around a year or two. So I plan to pot them up until then but I wondered would I put them straight into a large pot or should I pot them on gradually like you would a normal plant?



  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,743
    Personally, I would pot on like any other plant.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

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  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
    Thank you. I need to think about how big the trees are going to get actually before I end up planting them in the ground. One of them is a Rowan and I think they can get quite big!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,979
    What are the others?  
    I don’t usually think of Rowens as large trees. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
    There is a Hazel and a couple of silver birches 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,979
    Duh my spelling mistake ... rowan!!!

    Nice mix of trees. Will you be coppicing the hazel in the traditional way!  Lots of useful poles/rods and a constantly rejuvenated tree. You could even take up making hazel walking sticks  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
    Errrrrrr what is coppicing?   :/

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,199
    I don't think of Rowans as big either - in fact, we often recommend them for people with quite small gardens Craig.  :)
    They also grow according to what conditions are like, so they can be kept quite small. Your own climate and conditions locally will also have an effect on how quickly the trees grow, and how big they all get. Birches and rowans go very well together, and have nice light canopies too. 
    What size is the plot you're putting them all into? 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
    Thanks Hostafan! Im going to have a look into that later on this evening :)

    I have just potted one of the silver birches but it is leaning quite a lot. Do I need to try and straighten this out or will it correct itself?

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
    @Fairygirl I must have been looking at the wrong tree on Google as yes they are quite small. We haven't bought a house yet but it's nice to know that they are all pretty small trees which don't cast a lot of shade. So it won't matter too much even if the garden is small :)
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