Soon after 33 many years writing a gardening column for the Submit-Dispatch, Chip Tynan is retiring from the Missouri Botanical Yard. We are rerunning some most loved columns for a number of weeks, but the backyard garden will resume the column shortly. Please keep on to deliver queries to the deal with beneath.
Q • My moms and dads are providing me three dawn redwood seedlings that have to be dug from their garden. In relocating them, are there any unique preparations for planting that I want to do to prepare the soil or the region in which to plant them? How considerably soil must be taken up to guarantee the roots are not destroyed?
A • Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) transplants pretty very easily and grows finest in total sunlight and a deep, moist nicely-drained web site that has been amended with organic issue and has a marginally acidic response.
If you have a preference in between superior and low floor, plant on superior ground to stay away from “frost pockets” affiliated with reduced floor where chilly air tends to pool in winter.
Decline of some roots is inescapable any time you transplant trees. You don’t say how significant your seedlings are. A superior rule of thumb to identify the dimensions of the root ball for tiny trees is to make it at the very least 12 inches extensive for each and every inch, or part of an inch of trunk diameter, calculated 6 inches over the soil line. The peak of the root ball is established by the density of the roots, but for seedlings, the depth of your spade really should be enough.