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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Chrisl on March 03, 2012, 12:24 PM

Title: Planting Larch's
Post by: Chrisl on March 03, 2012, 12:24 PM
I have a J. Larch in 4" pot and some bare rooted seedlings.  They started pushing out buds so I felt I had to pot them up.  But I really just wanted to put them in the ground.   My question is this, how can I get them in the ground when we're still having freezing temps (snowing right now) given that I've learned Larch's are very finicky about repotting/planting and to only do this when the buds swell or start to open?  (strange given that I have a Larch in a 10g. nursery pot I picked up last fall and it's still dormant)

Maybe it's just because of this mild winter?  But it seems this year, I'll just leave them in their pots and hope next yr. I can plant them.   
Title: Re: Planting Larch's
Post by: Jay on March 03, 2012, 02:37 PM
You can slip pot Larch when the ground allows. As long as you don't disturb the roots you're OK. Just remove the entire tree with the present soil and move it to another container or the ground.

Title: Re: Planting Larch's
Post by: Chrisl on March 03, 2012, 03:18 PM
Thanks Jay!  That's really good to hear.  The one thing I'm thinking of is since I just planted them in 4" pots yesterday, in say 3-4wks when I can plant these, when I try to take the tree out of the pot, all the substrate will fall off since there's been really no time for any root mass to be established.  Maybe if I do it as carefully as possible, roots dangling and all, I can pull this off.  Either way I'll do it.

Title: Re: Planting Larch's
Post by: JJR on March 03, 2012, 10:02 PM
You have a very finite window to repot larch each year.  If you disturb the roots after the buds have opened you have a very high likelyhood of killing your trees.  If you just potted them yesterday, why would you want to disturb them in another few weeks?
Title: Re: Planting Larch's
Post by: Chrisl on March 04, 2012, 01:03 AM
That was kinda my quandary, I wanted them in the ground, but I had to pot them up due to too early bud break. 
I guess you just have to roll with mother nature ;)
Either way, I will not repot again this year.