How to Plant Trees from Containers

Prepare your site by clearing it of weeds and, if you have very sandy or infertile soil, digging in organic matter over a wide area. 

Planting Calamondin Tree in Patio Container

Planting Calamondin Tree in Patio Container

Add broken pieces of clay pot to bottom of container to aid with drainage. Cover with layer of soil and place Calamondin tree in center of container. Fill with soil around tree.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Water and Dig

Planting Depth

Planting Depth

Make sure your planting depth is enough to cover up to the dark soil mark at the base of the stem. Use a cane across the top of the hole to make sure it's deep enough.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water the plant in its pot by plunging it into a bucket of water about an hour before planting. After this, remove it from its pot so that you can tease out any roots that have become compacted. Use a cane to establish the correct depth for planting; ensure that the plant will sit in the hole at the same depth as it was in its container.

Step 2: Place it Parallel

Place it Parallel

Place it Parallel

Drive a stake into the soil on the windward site of the rootball, and rotate the tree until the trunk sits comfortably parallel with the stake.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Drive a stake into the soil on the windward site of the rootball, and rotate the tree until the trunk sits comfortably parallel with the stake.

Step 3: Refill and Stake

Refill and Stake

Refill and Stake

When planting a tree, refill the hole with soil around the roots and the stake and firm in using your foot. Secure the tree to the stake using a buckle-and-spacer tree tie. This allows you to loosen regularly as the stem grows wider.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Refill the hole with soil around the roots and the stake, and firm using your foot. Secure the tree to the stake using a buckle-and-spacer tree tie; this will need checking and loosening regularly as the tree grows. Water, and mulch as for a bare-rooted tree.

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