How To Plant Container Grown Trees and Shrubs

By: Julie Day

Step 9: After Planting Care for Trees and Shrubs

  • Watering New Plants: Give your trees and shrubs extra water until established. Water new plants at least once a week for the first 5-6 weeks, then gradually cut back to every 2-3 weeks once there are signs (such as new leaf growth) they’re becoming established.
  • Watering Established Plants: By the following year, your plants should be ready to handle normal growing conditions, with perhaps some extra water during dry periods.

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  • Janet Wilkinson Says:
    September 5th, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I have just been given an Azalea. I have clay soil & a with a south facing garden. As I understand they like acid soil was wondering whether to grow it in a tub. So was looking for some advice!



  • LYNN SHEPPARD Says:
    October 30th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Hi, looking for perfect unity planting tree for my daughter to plant at her wedding, possibly tree will live in a container for a couple of years and then be planted in the couples yard later. Tree is a symbol of longlasting love with proper nourishment for longetivity and will be memorable of beginning their life together. They will live in Atlanta Ga. for a while.
    Please help!



  • Julie Day Says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Pat, in the demonstration photos, I am planting ‘Otto Luyken’ English laurels. They are gorgeous evergreen shrubs, one of my favorite choices for foundation plantings! In Step 1 there is an azalea (the lighter green shrub) to the left of the Otto Luykens. The photo in Step 9 features a blooming crape myrtle.



  • Pat Says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    The pictures are beautiful. Names of the shrubs would be great.


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