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container trees, planting, landscaping

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ExEx 6019


A common method of transplanting small tress, particularly those less than 6 feet tall, is from containers. While they may look the same at first glance, there are three different type of container trees sold. Container-grown trees are grown in containers from the seeding stage on. This makes for less transplanting stress since the tree is planted with its original root system intact. Some container trees are sold a field-potted trees. These tress were originally grown in a nursery field and later harvested with the original soil around the base. Containerized trees are dug bare-root in the early spring and placed into a container using a special soil mix. Each type of container tree has excellent survival, but they do differ slightly in their planting methods.