How to Plant a Container Tree


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. We recommend sprinkling a sachet of our Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi to help the tree establish. 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 the 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.

Watch this step-by-step video to guide you in the right direction of how to plant a container tree. If you are planting a bare root tree, head to How to Plant a Bare Root Tree for advice and instructions.

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