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Q.Can I Plant A Locust Tree In A Pot?

Zone Pittsburgh, PA | Modwild added on August 30, 2020 | Answered

There is a locust tree growing in my backyard. It’s about one foot high now but sprawling wide. It has thrived very fast. It’s a wild plant, and I asked my landlord if I could replant it in the front yard (it’s too close to the house right now), and she said she doesn’t like them. I hate killing it but would need to plant it in a pot to keep it. Can that be done? Is there a way to keep a locust tree from growing beyond the pot? Thanks so much for your help.

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Answered on August 31, 2020

I am with your landlord! Those trees will cause more problems than they are worth!

Still, you can keep it in container. It may not flourish, since even seasoned gardeners can have troubles with wild trees in container, but it can be done. Be sure that you do not do any transplanting until Autumn, or best, wait until dormancy.

Here are some articles that will help you out:



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