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Pot bound tree health?

Just to start off the tree has been grown from a conker, not bought. The tress had about 4 maybe 5 different pots all a lager size, the hight before trim was 1.9 meters from tree top to start of soil, after trim stands 1.6 meters from tree top to start of soil. 

I don't know if that information will be helpful to anyone but is there if needed.

So the times come again to repot my tree though I'm at a dilemma. I don't want to have to get a biger pot as the tree will only get bigger and I'll need to keep re poting it. But the tree is also badly root bound and I am worried about its health. I'm not sure of what to do as I see solutions for small store bought trees but none for old hand grown ones.

If anyone can help it would be really appreciated as I'm attached to the tree as its been with me as a child and id be sad to see it die.



  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i'm presuming you can't plant it in your garden for some reason? as i'm sure you are aware it would be happier planted in the soil, so if that is the case that you haven't the ground space for it and don't want to repot it, why not donate it to your local park as it will want to grow into a massive tree to be happy and the park would be ideal for it and you can go see it in all it's glory & when you have children and tell them the story of how you grew it from a conker image

    Last edited: 09 June 2016 23:36:21

  • georginaCgeorginaC Posts: 2

    I would indeed love to plant the tree but but im planing to move in the next two years So it would be a shame to leave it behind. Have considerd donating it thought I'll have to do more thinking on that part.

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Have you been doing any root pruning? You might try looking for advice on bonsai websites etc. If you are eventually able to plant it out you'd probably need to plan carefully and prune the roots accordingly. I think better to have a smaller rootsystem capable of sending out vigorous new growth than having a lot of coiled/spiral pot-bound roots that will cause long-term damage to its prospects.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    basically you need to adopt a bonsai-ing technique,

    you can trim roots in the same way as branches and it will reduce the vigour of the plant, and the bonus is if you move house and want to plant it in the ground it'll do it no harm

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