I have just dug up a conifer tree, about 2 metres tall. I tried to dig around the roots as much as possible. The roots are now about 65 cm in length roughly. Can I now plant this tree in a pot? If so, how big does the pot need to be? I have a 66 cm round pot. Shall I leave the roots as they are or shall I snip them back? Will this tree survive?Any help would be appreciated.
2 Metre Conifer Tree
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
You can probably root prune some (so it fits comfortably), but I wouldn't take too much off. Also, the pot needs to be at least 2 inches larger than the rootball, though I would go slightly larger than this if you do not want to repot anytime soon. These articles have additional information that should help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/growing-trees-in-containers.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/how-to-grow-container-trees.htm