What to do with saplings in pots? - Knowledgebase Question

Newberg, Or
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Question by mcjafra
November 21, 2010
I have three coral bark maples in one gallon pots that I have had since July and kept watered during summer, waiting for fall
to plant. Also I have a flowering quince in a three gallon pot. I still haven't planted them. Should I plant them now or wait until
March (?) to plant them. If I should wait, what can I do to keep them alive during cold weather. Thank you for your help!

Answer from NGA
November 21, 2010
I'd plant the maples and the quince in the ground rather than try to keep the roots from being damaged by the winter cold. Water them well after planting and the roots will establish themselves and the trees will be ready to grow in the spring.

If you cannot plant them in their permanent places in the landscape, at least dig a hole and bury the pots in the ground. The earth will provide some winter protection for the root systems and you can permanently plant them in the spring. Hope this information is helpful.

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