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Moving Conifer from Ground to Container (1 Replies)

Posted July 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

Hi purchased two tiny Pinus lambertiana ‘Secret Sugar’ from Conifer Kingdom. They are in a loamy sand in the east end of Long Island zone 7A. They are about 2 years old and are about 6″ wide by 10″ high and have been in the ground for about 18 months. I think I would like to move them to cedar containers so I can move them to better locations and, eventually, take them with me if I sell my property.

Assuming it’s OK to move them, what soil mixture would I use in the containers and what can I expect to see in terms of root growth? The containers should allow them several years of growth.

Here are some pictures (and yes, those are agave, trachycarpus fortunei and sabals in the background).

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Posted July 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

For the soil, I think you want something that drains well, but if you’re in a warmer climate — not too well. I once put together a soil mix recipe I found on the internet (bark/ topsoil/ perlite/ etc) that would be bone dry 8 hours after I watered it. That mix probably worked well in the NW, or on a drip system, but it wasn’t the best for me in the South. Honestly, I don’t think the organic potting soils from the stores are too bad. You can add a few cups of perlite and bark for better drainage, or peat for more retention.

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