Container trees can be planted at any time of the year, but establish best when planted
during the autumn. Our tips on how to plant a container tree will help your tree get off
to the best possible start in life.
- Dig a hole twice the size of the pot and break up the soil at the bottom of the hole.
- Thoroughly soak the tree in a bucket of water for an hour before planting
- Add compost and root grow microryzonal granules to the hole
- Remove the tree from the pot and place in the hole so that the top of the soil from the pot is about an inch below ground level. Back fill with a mix of compost and soil and firm well so there are no air pockets.
- If the tree is in an exposed site, then use a stake and tie to keep it steady for the first few years; place the stake on the westerly side.
- If there is any danger of rabbits or deer then put a guard round the trunk or they may strip the bark and harm the tree. These also help to protect from strimmer damage
- Water the tree well
- Check the tree stake and tie periodically to see that it is not to tight around the trunk causing damage