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Collecting Juniper from soft clay
« on: July 23, 2012, 05:16 AM »

I have just confirmed permission to dig a couple of large junipers from the roadside near to where I live.  I think they are hollywood junipers, but look quite blue compared to others around here.

I have collected pines succesfully before, but they were mostly on the smaller and younger side.  I have watched the DVD by Andy Smith and read a bit on the topic, but I have a couple of queries.

The soil is soft (at this time of year) heavy clay.  Should i be trying to collect and pot all the roots and the soil? or should i remove some or most of soil and replace with pumice?  My instinct tells me to collect the entire root ball and get it back home.  Then remove a portion of the clay by gently teasing the roots out, perhaps 20% all the way around, then pot up with free draining mass soil replacing that 20%.   Then aftercare etc....

I'm wondering how deep the useful roots will be, and if there will be a tap root, and if it would be ok to cut away.

Also would it be a bad idea to reduce the foliage from the top of the tree at the same time?

The trees are 6-8ft tall.  The second tree in the background is not so good until higher up the trunk.  Perhaps it could be layered instead of dug? 

Also i'm in New Zealand, so its winter here and the climate where i am is pretty mild, doesnt get much more than 30C / 86F in the summer and a few frosts in winter and no snow.  Trees are still pretty much dormant now, but some of the early prunus are flowering :)

Any advice or sharing of experiences would be helpful!


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Re: Collecting Juniper from soft clay
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 10:13 PM »
if you are going to put it in a pot, you should get rid of as much of the native soil as possible.  Clay soil in a pot will not work well.  If you are just going to re-locate it and put it back in the ground, you could leave the root/soil ball intact.

You should reduce the top, but not too much.  It will need the foliage to make energy to replace the roots that are cut.

- bob