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Potting a tree

How to pot your tree ready for display

To pot your tree, you'll need the following:

- Planter with drainage hole, around 33cm at the widest point x 30cm high

- Crocks such as broken terracotta or large stones

- Multipurpose compost

- Trowel

- Tree feed

Step 1

Remove the packaging from the tree, leaving the plastic pot in place, and check your tree fits the planter with room to add compost to help the tree grow.

Step 2

Place crocks or stones in the bottom of the planter to cover the drainage hole – this will help slow drainage and prevent the tree getting water-logged.

Step 3

Layer and flatten enough compost over the top of the crocks or stones, so when your tree is popped in, the root ball reaches the rim of the planter.

Step 4

Remove the plastic pot from the root ball and tickle the roots to help them take moisture once planted, then place your tree in the planter.

Step 5

Finally, check your tree is straight before packing the space firmly around it with compost, and then give it a really good watering with feed.

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