Lombardy Poplar Care - Knowledgebase Question

New York, NY
Question by magliol
September 16, 1998
I planted a Lombardy poplar in a container on my east facing terrace in the spring and it has grown approximately 4
feet. With the fall approaching I was wondering how to care for it. It's somewhat spindly and I've secured it to a stake but I'm concerned that a good wind could snap it. Can I prune off some of the top? Should I fertilize it? When and with what type of fertilizer? Are 15" wide containers OK for a 6 foot tree?


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Answer from NGA
September 16, 1998

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containers do not need the frequent feedings associated with annual flowers, and in fact overfertilizing would cause the tree to grow even faster -- which is perhaps not what you want. In any case the tree will tell you (by looking unhealthy) if it lacks nutrients.

Good luck with your tree! containers do not need the frequent feedings associated with annual flowers, and in fact overfertilizing would cause the tree to grow even faster -- which is perhaps not what you want. In any case the tree will tell you (by looking unhealthy) if it lacks nutrients.

Good luck with your tree!

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