05 Apr Pot in Pot Trees

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Over the last several years, tree growers have moved production of ornamental trees away from traditional balled and burlap digging and into container grown trees known as “pot in pot” production. The way it works, an auger is used to dig holes in the nurseries growing range into which large plastic grow pots are sunk into the ground. Generally, trees up to a 3″ caliber are planted in a pot one size smaller and then put into the sunken pot where they are regularly fertilized and placed under drip irrigation. This method of growing allows the grower to control the soil media that the tree will root into. After one year under these conditions, the trees are rooted and ready to be shipped to Chelsea.

There are several advantages to container grown trees. They are less cumbersome to move which means less damage in transport and handling. They can be moved when in leaf unlike traditional B&B trees that can only be dug in the early spring or late fall when they are dormant. With the pot in pot trees, the root system remains intact within the pot at time of loading and shipping, thus transplant shock is greatly reduced for summer and warm weather or out of season planting.

Below is a sampling of the pot in pot trees Chelsea has on order for this spring. Between both garden centers, we will have over one hundred and fifty trees in stock by mid to late April. Sizes will range from young fruit trees 5ft to 6ft up to 8ft to 10ft mature trees. Please do not hesitate to call either garden center or write to info@chelseagardencenter.com for updated inventory and current pricing.

Acer – Bloodgood and lace leaf maple: red Japanese maple and dissected leaf maples
Betula – Birch white bark birch in clump, weeping, serpentine, and single trunk forms.
Cornus – Dogwoods in both white and pink
Carpinus – Hornbeam fastigiate form
Cercis -Redbud purple flowering in both clump and single trunk
Magnolia – in yellow, pink, white
Malus – Crabapple both in single trunk and weeping form. Flowers in white, pink, red.
Prunus – Kwanzan Cherry (non fruit bearing) single trunk and weeping Snow Fountain
Prunus – Thunderhead red leaf plum with pink flowers
Salix – Willow; we will have the variegated Nishki standards tree form, and weepers.
Styrax – Japanese Snowbell
Assorted self pollinating fruit trees – apples, cherry, fig, peach, persimmon, plum