How to Plant a Tree or Shrub From a Container

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When planting a tree or shrub from a container, break up the dirt and separate the roots to stimulate new growth. Plant a tree or shrub with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen from Next we are going to learn how to plant a tree or a shrub from a container. Now, I have this whole area or a row of trees that I'm wanting to plant, so that I can enjoy them later as they grow bigger. Just to give a boundary between us and the neighbors. I've decided in this section I love Eucalyptus. They make great, great trees and they're great to foliage, so that I can cut and put with my floral bouquets. So, I've bought some at the garden center and now I want to plant them. So, a Eucalyptus is just like a tree. It will grow to be twenty feet tall. So, the first thing that I want to do is to take it out of the pot. A lot of times it's hard to take it out of the pot. So, a lot of times I'll just work the pot until it gives. So, the first thing I do is always kind of bounce the pot, so that when I pull it out it comes out easily. OK. Once I've got it out it's very easy. A lot of times you would think that it would be easy just to go ahead and plant it as it is in the ground and it would grow. What I like to do is to help the plant out a bit. That way it will adjust to its new environment better and it'll give it more chance to grow. So, what you want to do is break up the dirt. So, what I want to do is not just leave the roots in one big wad. I kind of break them up and separate them. That way they can stimulate some new growth and when I plant it, it'll do better. Now, I've waited to plant these until late summer. I planted some other trees earlier in the summer and I didn't water them that well. They've done OK. They're Arborvitae, they'll be tough, but the Eucalyptus I'm so worried that I won't water over here very well, so I'm waiting until late fall or early spring or even the middle of winter to plant them. It's better than the middle of summer if you're not going to have a chance to water them nonstop. So, when planting them make sure that you give them lots of room for the roots. We've already made big holes here and so they have room for the roots to go down. So, I'm just kind of setting it in the dirt. Now the key is I want to give it a lot of fresh dirt to grab on to. So, I'm just kind of filling it in. The key is make sure the roots are covered, but the tree; the bottom of the where it was exposed before is not covered, because you don't want to have it come up too far and suffocate the plant. So, pretty much; I might even pull it up a bit so that the dirt comes right to the bottom and it has this little leaf that comes out. See once I've done that I kind of just stomp it in a bit and when I do that it loses a little bit. So, I might just pull it up a little bit more and give it a little more dirt. So, that over the winter it doesn't just go into the ground and I never see it. The key is to just separate it out and give it lots of room. Then once you've planted it make sure that you water it well, because if you don't water it at all and we have a week of a hundred degree weather it'll dry out and you'll lose it. Eucalyptus are very easy to grow. Pretty much all trees are easy to grow and you can pretty much transplant them any time of the year.