Re­pot­ting a con­tainer-grown Christ­mas tree

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1Care­fully cut away the plas­tic pot or, if the tree is in a clay con­tainer, stand the whole thing in wa­ter to loosen the roots.

2Tease out any roots that are con­stricted or cir­cling the root­ball to make it eas­ier for the plant to take up nu­tri­ents and wa­ter.

3Plant it at the same depth as the root­ball, us­ing John Innes No2 or

No3 com­post with added grit for im­proved drainage.

4Water the tree well while it gets es­tab­lished and add a layer of mulch to sup­press weeds and feed the roots.

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