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CraighBCraighB Posts: 700
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 Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,168
    Personally, I would pot on like any other plant.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 700
    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 Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,279
    What are the others?  
    I don’t usually think of Rowens as large trees. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 700
    There is a Hazel and a couple of silver birches 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,279
    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  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 700
    Errrrrrr what is coppicing?   :/

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,014
    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....

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 700
    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: 700
    @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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