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Container Gardening: arborvite in pots zone 5

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Endicott, NY

July 23, 2010
2:57 AM

Post #7990055

Hi: will evergreens survive the winter outside in pots? Do they have to be really big pots? If not, would putting then in a shed be better? Any information would be a great help. Thanks.


Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2010
6:22 AM

Post #7990362

Some evergreens will survive & be just fine in containers unprotected, depending on their ability to withstand zonal temperature swings and their resistance to dessication. Others are better if moved to a protected area, like the north side of a heated building out of wind & mulched of buried near the foundation. There are lots of strategies that will allow you to over-winter evergreens in containers. I have at least 150 evergreens in small - large containers that are in various stages of development and destined to become bonsai.

Your choice of pot size depends on the size of the plant material and your choice of soil. If you use peat/compost/coir based soils, pot size can be a critical consideration; but as the particle size of the soil increases until the particles are large enough (around 1/8"), as in the 5:1:1 mix and particularly the gritty mix I use, there is no upper limit to the size of the container appropriate for the size of plant material, no matter how small the plant material is.

Endicott, NY

July 23, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #7991958

Thanks for your reply. May I inquire, what are the components of the 5:1:1 mix you use?


Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2010
6:52 PM

Post #7992063

5 parts pine bark fines
1 part peat (sphagnum - not reed/sedge or MI peat)
1 part perlite
1 tbsp dolomitic (garden) lime per gallon of soil or 1/2 cup per cu ft

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Endicott, NY

July 24, 2010
2:45 AM

Post #7992620

Thank you for the link. What is Turface and where would one get it? You also said "source of micronutrients". Such as? Sorry, I'm new. Thanks.


Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2010
6:54 AM

Post #7992879

Turface is calcined (high-fired) clay granules that are fused together so they're like an extremely porous ceramic. They are large enough that they guarantee superb drainage & aeration, yet porous enough that they hold lots of water in their internal structure.

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