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still time to plant

Post by looneyracing1 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:49 pm

Is it too late to still plant trees and shrubs?

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Re: still time to plant

Post by lorijones » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:30 pm

No, it's not to late to plant trees and shrubs. Be sure to dig the correct size hole (wide but not too deep) and amend the soil. Water well and mulch after planting.

Here are Andre's recommendations for preparing a planting hole:
Dig a good sized hole - remember, you will be planting a large root ball. Your planting hole should be at least 3 times as wide but not much deeper than the root ball - that's a big hole! You want the root ball to be be sitting on firm but well-drained soil so it won't sink after it has been planted. Andre's motto for planting trees and shrubs: "Plant them high - Never die!"

Andre recommends a mixture of Plant-tone, rock phosphate, green sand, and peat moss or compost when planting trees and shrubs. Below are his specific instructions:
  • 1. Dig a large planting hole about as deep as the root ball and 3 times as wide.
    2. Spread a tarp out on the ground and as you dig your hole, put the soil on the tarp.
    3. On top of the soil on the tarp add:
    • 8 handfuls of Plant-tone or Holly-tone for broadleaf evergreens
      8 handfuls of rock phosphate
      8 handfuls of green sand
      3 - 3 gallon pails of peat moss or compost (this is important as a soil additive)
    4. Mix well with the native soil on the tarp.
    5. Back-fill the hole with some of this soil mix and tamp it down. Add enough so when it is tamped down and the root ball is placed in the hole, the top of the ball is 1" higher than the ground-level (this is necessary because the root ball will sink when it is watered). A leading cause of problems with many trees and shrubs is that they get planted too deep.
    6. Now place the root ball in the hole and fill in around it, tamping the soil as you go.
    7. At the very end, water the tree well
    8. Mulch with 3 inches of a good quality mulch. Pine bark mulch is best. Do not mulch right up to the trunk.
    9. If your tree is OVER 6'-8', you should probably stake it the first year.
Here is more information on planting trees and shrubs: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=124

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Re: still time to plant

Post by mickeyw » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:15 am

I have a vanilla strawberry panicle hydrangea in a 12 inch pot. The plant is about 2 feet high. Due to cleaning up after the mess from hurricane Sandy, I have been delayed in planting this in the ground. Will the plant be safe to over winter in my garage, or should I quickly plant it outside ? Currently it is 32 degrees outside and 39 degrees in the garage. The overnight temperatures are expected to be in the teens later this week.We have about 2 inches of snow on the ground from yesterday's storm.
Thank you.

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Re: still time to plant

Post by lorijones » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:29 pm

At this point, it would be better to overwinter it in the garage. The ground is probably frozen enough right now that digging a proper hole would be difficult. It should be fine in the garage over the winter. Water it sparingly but don't let it dry out. Plant it in the spring when conditions are more favorable. Wait until the ground is not frozen or soggy.

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