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Planting apple tree in poor soil? Or should I pot it?


 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Planting apple tree in poor soil? Or should I pot it? Reply with quote

I have just bought a coronet apple tree and I'm undecided as to whether to plant it in a pot or in the ground. I'm pretty sure we have clay soil. It's extremely hard to dig through and is full of stones/rocks all the way down through it, so I'm not sure if the tree would do ok in this?

Any advice appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone got any advice? I'd like to get it out of its little pot and into its home asap. I just have no idea whether the tree would survive in the ground (obviously I'd have dug out the hole, but would the rocks through the surrounding soil cause problems?).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do a lot of my gardening by instinct, coconut, and so I would advise you to pop the tree into really good quality soil into a suitably large pot....that way you can let it settle in, and flourish. You can always plant it in the ground next year if you prepare a good spot for it. It also gives you time to do some more research and preparation.
But don't forget to water it !
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll probably do better in a container. You'll have to water and feed, obviously, and make sure to mix some soil in with the compost, or use a loam based one. Water retaining granules and slow release feed pellets will help. Here's a link with some info:
http://www.coronet.ie/explained.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for the advice, I'll go get a container tomorrow!
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