Dwarf Apple Trees

When Is the Best Time to Repot Dwarf Apple Trees

oscar10 added on May 13, 2014 | Answered

I have two dwarf apple trees in 12-inch wide by 11-inch tall pots. They are about 4 ft tall and in flower. Can I repot them now and what size pot should I use?

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Answered on May 13, 2014

Assuming that you want to pot up, in other words put into a larger pot to promote growth, use a pot one size larger than the current one. From a 12" pot go to a 14" diameter. This article has general information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/dwarf-fruit-trees-a-planting-guide-for-fruit-trees-in-containers.htm
The "when" to repot is a subject of debate. Some people say late winter - early spring, while the plant is still dormant; others say late spring - early summer, when the plant is heading into its period of greatest growth. The dormant period is recommended to avoid damaging roots, but I prefer the summer time, because bonsai growers have proven that cutting roots is not damaging to the plant, so that's not really a factor.

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