Are any of the trees/shrubs listed below not candidates for
planting/transplanting this time of the year.....zone 7. Thanks.
Dwarf burford holly
London plane tree
Laurel "Otto Luyken"
River Birch "Heritage"
Sweet Bay magnolia
As long as your soil is not frozen or overly saturated from fall rains, any
of the listed plants can be safely planted or transplanted at this time of
year. Water in well and mulch to insulate the soil and reduce frost
pam - gardengal
This is the best time of year to transplant and plant provided soil is not boggy
or mucky from rain.
Do not amend the soil which you put back in the hole. Always top dress using a
few inches of compost and mulch after you fill the hole back in with the native
soil you removed. Never add anything to the hole itself, and always make sure
you rough up the sides of the hole. A shovel can leave sides slick and hard for
roots to penetrate...thus, creating a pot in the ground.
On Sun, 16 Nov 2003 11:23:48 -0500, "Jeff & Kathy Brown"
They are all fine to plant now. The best time to plant here in zone 7 is
the fall and winter. It gives the tree/shrub/perennial a chance to develop
deep root systems before the heat arrives in early summer. Most of the
trees you listed are acid loving evergreens. You can fertilize them at the
end of February/early March with Holly Tone to encourage new growth in
spring. I wouldn't prune anything yet because you want the tree to put all
it's energy into developing roots and not new growth at this time. After
planting them, water deeply once a week if it doesn't rain. A soaker hose
Zone 7b - North Carolina
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