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.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Plant in Gardening Containers

To ensure that plants in gardening containers grow and perform as well as possible, you need to plant them properly.

How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants. 

How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants.

How to Plant an Herb Container Garden

Herbs have been grown all over the world for centuries for their flavor and healthful benefits. Learn how to plant an herb container garden.

How to Plant a Poppy Container Garden

Learn how to plant a container garden for various types of poppies with this step-by-step gardening guide.

How to Plant Evergreens in Containers

Learn how to properly plant evergreens in containers to keep color alive in your garden all year around.

How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden

Have some extra space in your yard or garden? Plant a fresh and simple herb garden only steps away from the kitchen.

When to Plant Garden Mums

Want your garden mums to survive winter? Learn tips for planting fall garden mums to help them return next spring.

How to Grow an Avocado Tree: Guac 'n' Roll

Tips for turning that avocado pit into a thriving avocado tree and your next bowl of guacamole.

How to Remove a Tree Stump

Learn how to properly remove an old tree stump from your yard with these simple tips and instructions.