I bought a weeping birch to plant in my small yard next to my pond. I
don't want it to get too big and don't want the roots to go into my
pond liner. I planted it in a 10 gallon container. Will this stunt the
growth (which is what I want) or kill the tree?
This will tend to stunt the tree.
For best results, the container should breathe through the sides (e.g.,
a large clay or terra cotta pot). This is especially important if the
sun shines on it; otherwise, the roots might cook.
The potting mix should drain well but retain moisture; that is, it
should always be wet without ever being soggy. See my
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_potting_mix.html for a home-made
mix; for a birch, slightly increase the peat moss and descrease the sand.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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