How to Plant and Grow a Tree
Planning on adopting a tree?
When someone decides to adopt a tree the toughest questions to usually come up are: What type of tree and where do I want to plant it?
Trees really are amazingly easy to add into your landscaping. Just dig a hole, plant them in it, and away they grow.
Okay so there is a little more to planting a tree than just digging a hole, and tossing a nut into it, but trust me it really isn't too difficult. I have done it many times and I'm no rocket scientist.
A tree needs 3 things to survive: Dirt, water, and sunshine.
Size does make a difference if you are a tree.
Many people purchase young trees for transplantation but if you are in no rush to have a full sized tree then small seedlings can generally be purchased at a very reasonable price. If you want to enjoy your tree immediately then finding a tree that is between 3 and 12 feet in height will probably best suit your needs.
A tree can also be planted direct from a seed but that can be a slow process. Which ever method you choose to use you will find a wide selection of seeds, saplings, and partially grown trees online or you can purchase them from a local gardening store.
Studies have shown that saplings which are planted at 4 inches to 10 inches in height tend to root easier and grow fast enough to acquire the same height as larger transplanted trees. The reason for this may be that larger trees suffer more root shock or damage when transplanted from their original location.
You can plant one tree or you can plant a hundred. It all depends on your needs. White pine are a beautiful long needled tree. Ideal as an ornamental in the front or back yard. This conifer holds its needles year round and produces a large decorative seed cone that is ideal in natural craft projects. White spruce are very nice trees too. Shorter needles but a beautiful tree for all seasons of the year.
Next comes the big question: What type of tree will be best for you?
There are a lot of different tree types.
- Shade tree:
Oak, Maple, Willow, Ash, etc.
- Fruit tree:
Apple, pear, lemon, cherry, pear etc.
- Conifer Tree:
Fir, spruce, pine etc.
- Nut tree:
Walnut, Chestnut, Hazelnut, etc.
Mountain Ash, Lilac etc.
- Ornamental Tree:
These are trees that are purely planted for attractiveness, decoration, or fun.
Choose a tree that is native to your area.
Choose a tree that suits your personality.
Go a little wild and plant yourself an indoor pomegranate tree.
Choose a tree that suits your needs. Fruit trees are ideal.
Miniature Fruit Trees are a Delightful Addition to the Home.
Small patio fruit trees are amazing in or outside of the home. There are quite a variety available. Orange, lemon, pomegranate. Not only are they colorful but the smell of some are wonderful as well.
Planting a dwarf tree that you can munch out on is also rather sweet. You can just reach out when you want something to add a dash of flavor to your meal. Some dwarf lemon trees are also perfume in the air. Delightfully refreshing.
I love having the organic fruit our apple tree provides.
Plant a tree that will flavor your tea.
It's a small lemon tree. Ideal for indoors or on the patio this little tree is a fruit bearing beauty. There really is nothing quite so delightful as the crisp clean scent of citrus in the air. Delightfully colorful and attractive it is the perfect little tree to invite over to your house.
The best time of year to plant a tree:
There are two times of year when it is best to plant a tree, and these are early in the spring, and late in the fall.
A tree stands its best chance for survival when it is planted in a dormant stage ie: When it is not blooming or in fruit.
Once the frost is out of the ground, and so long as the temperatures are not reaching an extreme high or low, then you should be safe to plant your chosen tree.
Select an open area to plant your tree.
Step by step video: How to plant a tree.
The how to plant a tree part is quite easy.
This is the fun part. You get to give your new tree a place to take root and to grow.
1) Dig a hole in the ground just slightly deeper than the size of the root ball on your chosen seedling but with plenty of width to give the roots room to spread. (The root ball is the mound of dirt at the base of your sapling.)
If your tree has a burlap sack around it then remove this before planting. Some say they are degradable, but these fabrics may take quite awhile to break down, so it is better for your tree to have its roots free.
2) Use a fork or shovel to loosen the dirt at the bottom of your hole so the roots will be more easily able to travel. Pour water into the hole to moisten the dirt within. Set your seedling into the hole.
3) Tap a supporting pole into the ground next to your seedling. Tie or bind your seedling to the pole insuring that this is not so tight as to damage the tree but firm enough to hold the newly planted tree erect.
4) Fill the hole in part way with soil, pour water over the roots, continue covering your plant till the root ball of your seedling is completely covered.
5) Water the dirt around your newly planted tree. It will be very important over this first season to insure that your seedling's roots remain moist so be sure to water often.
Plant a tree that looks like it grew in the land of Dr. Suess.
Plant yourself a teeny tiny miniature garden in a teranium.
Let your imagination go wild and create a tiny fairy garden plot. This is a sweet way to grow a green thumb. Start going green today.
Plant one that is an Edward Scissorhands style.
Which is your favorite tree?
Which is your favorite tree?
Or you can plant a tree just because it is the environmentally friendly thing to do.
Reduce Global Warming Hug A Tree Today
You can choose a bonsai, miniature, or dwarf tree for indoors or patio or a full sized version if you have your own yard.
Plant one for yourself and another for a friend. Grow a green thumb today.
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http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/ClimateChange/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_200809.html Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Also a big thank you to Top Crop Garden Farm and Pet center @ 2101 Cranbrook St. North, Cranbrook, B.C. 250-426-4280 for allowing me take pictures of the fabulous trees for sale in their store.