Xisca Nicolas wrote:Although they are not in the same ground, I can compare 2 applestrees I planted. The 1st one was just a "plant it as you find it", though I always suppress roots that have some rusted color on the utside.
The one I planted 2 years after is much nicer. It was deceptive when I took it out of the pot. It was full of roots, little soil left.
It lost all its leaves with shock, and then recovered with power: I had decided I did not want a weak tree and prefered that it would not eventually survive. So I de-twisted all I could, and cut all that was bad, all that I broke too much. I did leave a big half-split root.... I forced all the root in an extended posture, and let it do with by best wishes.... Was I lucky?
John Polk wrote:As a side note, several years ago I was reading a Florida law written to curb lazy nurseries. I believe that it said if a plants were circling 1 1/2 times around the planter, they could NOT sell that plant. Many nurseries were selling too many plants that had little chance of surviving in the open. Customers were paying for plants that were already doomed.