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Question: A friend has given me a

Answer: Water it well to saturate the roots, then I think I would try to plant it in the ground. Loosen or cut any encircling roots if it is potbound, then plant in a hole that has been dug generously wide and about the same depth as the container. Plant it at the same depth as it grew in the container. Water well to settle the soil and then mulch with several inches of organic mulch in a flat layer over the root zone, keeping it a few inches away from the stems. You might give it a top dressing of good quality compost and a light application of a general purpose or slow release fertilizer such as 10-10-10 per the label directions. Do not be tempted to overfertilize it though. Then just keep the soil slightly moist and hope for the best. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still damp do not water yet. When you do water, water slowly and deeply so it soaks down to the roots. Remember you are basically watering to supplement rain, if needed. Watering correctly is probably the most important thing you can do. This is a pretty tough plant overall so it may survive unless it has just been too terribly stressed. Good luck!

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