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Silver Birch - Pot Information

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As large as possible, otherwise they will blow over or fail, even then they will probably not thrive without a lot of care and attention.

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A couple of hundred litre pots and heavy, ie clay pots. Maybe go for a weeping verity with a low centre of gravity and/or a dwarf.

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Pot size will be down to how much care and time you want to spend on the tree

to have a real chance I would be looking for a 850/1000 litre pot with and irrigation system and good drainage, depending on prevailing wind you might also require a guy system deadman would be the least intrusive The trees would have a finite life in the pot before they out grow 10 / 20 years maybe then cut down and start again

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Just put them in the ground if you want them to stand any chance of thriving .

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21 hours ago, PK17 said:

Hi all,

 

I'm looking to pot 3 Silver Birch trees in a slabbed area at the back of my garden. I'd like any advise on the size of pot I would require? Any other useful tip would also be greatly appreciated. 

 

They will be the following size. Silver Birch Single stem Betula Jacquemontii 12/14 girth 14ft including pot height

 

Thanks in advance Phil. 

 

 

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A couple i worked for years ago planted a couple of copper beech trees(about12ft tall) in some big old galvanised water butts that they bought at a farm sale,the trees seem to do ok in them but they do a lot of watering and feeding and every couple years they lifted them out with a telehandler and pruned the roots and replanted.To my knowledge they have never blown over.

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15 hours ago, Khriss said:

Baffling.... 😕 K

Why's it baffling? Plenty of people grow trees in pots for all sorts of reasons. Someone renting for example.

 

As Gary says, they will need more TLC but many people cope. A large heavy pot will help but there are various ways to anchor pots.

 

I'd try and find a specialist nursery that expects people to grow the tree in a large container and ask their advice.

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