Container planting - shrubs and mini trees

on Apr 30, 2015 @ 07:31 pm

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with container planting and successfully using a container for shrubs and mini trees such as ceder trees (those pretty bright green spikes that people like to use as privacy screens - which is what I'm hoping to do on my balcony). I know these plants can grow to be at least 6 feet tall. Which is fine by me, but I'm wondering how big their root system is and if they'd be fine in a pot? I'm in Ontario, Canada and in the winter it gets to be below -40c quite often, so I need some tips on over-wintering the pots, whether by buying a specific type of container, or maybe I need to wrap burlap around it?

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Winter care on Apr 30, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

For winter, the burlap covers work well. They help to break the wind which can really harm cedars. As for growing in a pot, a box planter might be a better idea as it gives the roots more room. My neighbour is a landscaper by trade, part time, and this is how she grows her cedars.

thanks on Apr 30, 2015 @ 11:43 pm

Okay, thanks for the tip :) Any idea what size the box planter should be? I know root systems max out eventually, so I'm looking to get a planter where I don't have to replant in order to keep the tree alive.

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