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Buying established trees

alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
Has anyone bought and planted larger,  established trees and if so how did it go?


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    How big?
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    I suppose I meant the ones sold by specialist companies that cost £150 to £200.
    I assume people buy them to provide instant impact but I wondered how easily they would transfer (as a general rule) and would also be concerned about how they would stand up to wind.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,698
    They will have been grown in pots and so their roots will not be able to provide as much anchorage as if they had been grown in the ground.

    I would imagine that the company which provides them will also plant them and ensure that they are adequately staked.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • If you search 'Tony Kirkham air pots' on YouTube you will see he views them positively when it comes to tree growth and root development. Tpny is head of the arboretum, Kew.

    With air pots, the roots do not spiral within the pot system, meaning that when placed in the ground the roots travel outwards in all directions. Majestic Trees major on the fact their trees are all in air pots.

    That said, I have bought good-sized trees from suppliers (Barcham Trees) who do not use the air pot system and have had success with them, even in windy locations. This is my Prunus avium 'Plena' from Barcham, bought as a tree with a 10-12cm girth. It's been in the ground a little over 10 years.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,158
    If you're talking about the kind of trees that they use in Chelsea show gardens for instant impact, my personal opinion is that you'd have a lot of worry for a lot of money. 
    However, as Rachel says, the air pot system is very effective, and Barcham are a very good nursery (good enough for The Queen)
    I would go for a mid size tree which would be easier to look after,  but that's just me. 
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    Thanks for the excellent replies. If AnniD has time to post again at some point could you give me an idea of what you would class as mid size. Many thanks again. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,158
    Have a look at this Alf, this a nursery that is comparatively local to me.

    There are many tree nurseries if you search online, if you can find one local to you so much the better. If you can pay them a visit l'd strongly advise you to do so, failing that give them a call. Local nursery knowledge, where they know the area, the local conditions etc. is best.
    If you don't have anywhere local, again l suggest ringing (or email). Nothing beats the personal touch :)

  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    Thank you,  much appreciated. 
    I love this forum. 
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