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bluebelldell
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: To stake or not to stake? Reply with quote

hi folks, have just got a Amelanchier lamarkii- Snowy Mespilus still in it's pot.
I'm wondering should I stake it when planting, at the moment it looks like an overgrown shrub no more than perhaps 3feet tall - (90cm).
And if I should stake it - would a large cane be more suitable rather than a tree stake?
The position I have chosen for it is close enough to the house and is fairly well sheltered.
thanks for any suggestions.
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tippben
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no need to stake it. Plant it level with the soil in the pot, don't cover that. Stakes are only necessary to stop the wind rocking the root ball and breaking the newly forming roots. The plant is too small for the leaf canopy to create that kind of "sail". IF you notice the root ball moving, use something like a cut off broom handle, and stake to about 1/3 of the stem height. Otherwise, just leave it to develop naturally- you'll get a stronger root system, therefore a stronger plant.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic, thanks for that - have done exactly what you advised.
happy days...
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