Forgive us, but it has to be said: Remember to remove the container before planting a containerized tree.
BEFORE DIGGING, call your local utilities to identify the location of any underground utilities.
For best results, we suggest you have a soil test done to determine ph & nutrient needs. These conifers all like a ph around 6.0. The hollies 5.5 – 6.0.
The liners & quart plants do not require a very big hole, but if your ground is hard, loosen it up as much as possible so the roots will have easy access to grow. For the 1 -gallon trees dig a hole 12″ wide x 6″ deep. For the 3-gallon trees, 18″ wide x 12″ deep.
These trees are shipping from zone 8 in South Carolina. If you live in a colder zone, it might be a good idea to let them acclimate to your area before planting. Usually, keeping them for a few days in cool, but protected garage or porch is adequate. Stand the trees up and water them as needed until you are ready to plant them.
Don’t let plants dry out before you plant them. Water containers daily until planted. Soil moisture, too, is an important factor affecting survival. If no soil moisture, do not plant. On the other hand, do not plant where water stands. These trees like moisture, but they need it well-drained.
Place the root ball in the hole. Do not plant too deep. Top of root ball should be just about even with top of ground. But do cover the top of the root ball with dirt to prevent it from drying out. Pack firmly.
Keep area around your newly planted tree clear of grass and weeds as they compete for water and nutrients.
Newly planted trees need water but, over watering is a common problem in irrigated plantations. Unless you experience a string of excessively hot & dry days, you probably won’t need to water more frequently than every 7 days. Give your trees a thorough, deep soak and then let the soil dry out before the next watering. This encourages the roots to grow down in search of water. Frequent, shallow watering (often done by hand) encourages root growth near the surface and the trees are more dependent on irrigation and are less windfirm. During hot, dry stretches in late spring or summer, though, it’s important the plants don’t stress, so water at least twice weekly during hot, dry weeks, especially if newly planted. Cypress and Cedars usually establish and become fairly drought tolerant after one year of irrigation. Thujas often take 2 or 3 years of irrigation.
Mulching will help hold moisture and keep weeds down.
Fertilization is usually not needed for newly planted trees. Depending on soil and growing conditions, fertilizer may be beneficial at a later time.
Best Planting Time for your Zone
The chart below is only a suggestion. The Purchaser is responsible for determining the best planting time for the zone in which their trees are to be planted. We recommend calling your local Extension Agent for planting advice for your area.
- Zone 5, Spring only, April & early May
- Zone 6, September or April.
- Zone 7, Fall, winter, early Spring
- Zone 8, October – early March.
- Zone 9-10, Winter