I use a variety of containers in my garden, but over the years I’ve narrowed the types of containers I use at different stages of development. Here are some common options for our trees and some of the reasons why we might want to use them at a given stage of their development. Plastic containers […]
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I always look forward to repotting trees that haven’t been repotted in a while. It’s a great opportunity to make improvements to the surface roots and I can change the look of the tree by selecting a new container. Although the focus of this post will be on container selection, here are some details about […]
It’s been fun watching the branches develop on some of the older pines I’ve grown from seed. When these trees are healthy, it only takes a few years to reduce the internode length and fill out the basic silhouette. The main challenge at this stage is managing the tree’s vigor to reliably produce two shoots […]
Last week I received a reminder that it’s time to repot the pines in my garden. Strong winds had knocked over a young exposed root pine revealing lots of new roots. Broken pot My favorite time to repot pines is after the roots start growing but before the buds begin to open so the timing […]
Azaleas are well-known for having two repotting seasons – one at the end of winter before the spring growth emerges, and one after the flowers bloom in late spring. I think of repotting in spring as a good option if there isn’t a chance to repot in winter and the tree doesn’t need significant root-work. […]