Potted Tree Outgrew the Pot
A locust tree sprouted in an outdoor plastic 16-inch pot and rooted itself in the ground below the pot. It's now about 10 feet high with a 3 inch trunk. We like its location and would like to encourage it to grow. Will it survive if we remove the pot? The trunk is near the edge of the pot and that side of the pot has broken away so some of the below grade trunk is already exposed. The less desirable alternative would be to build a permanent container to the height of the pot.
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Yes, it should be okay to remove the pot, and I would actually recommend that you do so. In fact, it may need to be replanted into the ground or even placed into a larger container. To transplant the tree, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm