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Old 05-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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I needed a large shrub to fill a gap and a friend gave me a ligustrum. It is about 4 foot tall and multi trunk and been in the pot for too long.


When I pull it out to plant should I cut into the root ball? One guy said he does it to root bound plants to facilitate the roots starting to grow into the soil, one guy said he just sticks them in the proper sized hole with good soil mix.

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Old 05-20-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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I needed a large shrub to fill a gap and a friend gave me a ligustrum. It is about 4 foot tall and multi trunk and been in the pot for too long.


When I pull it out to plant should I cut into the root ball? One guy said he does it to root bound plants to facilitate the roots starting to grow into the soil, one guy said he just sticks them in the proper sized hole with good soil mix.


Yes cut the root ball to facilitate growth.

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Old 05-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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I am assuming you are taking this from a pot or container and planting it in the ground? If not, you will want to shave the root ball and prune it before returning it to the container.

You should slice the root ball a few places down the side. If the roots have really grown around themselves you may have to prune them away more drastically or, especially in clay soil, they will just grow that way as if pot bound forever.

When in the business, I had another trick. I would plant the plants with above steps and with a planting hole twice as wide and twice as deep the root ball filled with nice planting mix. Then I had a hose end sick with small holes on the end I would insert into the root ball. I would crank on the water pressure and sort of bust the root ball from the inside out. Never lost a single plant doing this in all the years in the landscape industry.
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