Ask a Question forum: Fruit trees in containers or raised planter boxes

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Name: Jane
Walnut Creek, CA
Mar 29, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Hello, we are going some young fruit trees in very large terra cota pots and also building some raised planter boxes (either 3x3x3' or 4x4x2'). We think we have identified a good soil blend to have delivered. Looking for advice on 1) a good fruit tree book to order, 2) critical soil components (eg i'm seeing dolomite as suggested addition), 3) any other pearls of wisdom.
thank you very much,
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Mar 29, 2017 8:09 PM CST

I would start by skipping the dolomite. If you are having a good quality garden soil delivered, it should have everything you need. Dolomite is essentially garden lime. Unless for some reason, your brand new garden soil is very acidic, you don't need lime.

The best thing you could do is add some compost to your new garden soil if it seems a little sandy.

I don't know of any good fruit tree books. But your local nursery is probably offering Saturday seminars on caring for fruit trees, including pruning and pest control.

I hope you are planting dwarf trees. Trees roots grow way deeper than 2 - 4 feet.
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