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Vorguen
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Need some professional advice!

Okay so I have been traveling Texas for work, and while at Austin I ended up seeing many customers in Bastrop TX. Well, Bastrop had just had a huge fire that devastated their Pine Tree forest and burned many people's homes down. It was considered something like the top 3 worst fires of the nation's history or something like that.

Well, they had a convention which was nice and I went to support, and they were giving away pine trees, and a few oaks and plums.

They had so many leftovers I ended up taking about 5-6 baby pines and about 2-3 oaks and 1-2 plums.

Well, they had no soil or anything they basically had them bare rooted, and the problem is i got them on saturday and I won't be home until wednesday or thursday.


What do I need to do to help them survive! I went to the store and bought a bit of organic potting soil and put it in their bag so they can start getting some nutrients, and they have had some water too, they went about 1-2 days without soil.

I'm quite concerned with them, and what to do once I move.



My second set of questions is... the house i have right now is not my permanent residence, im going to be renting it out in 2-3 years and moving to another home. If I plant the pine trees and oaks in pots they would become rootbound I suppose, would they die? or would they be stunted?

Because I would love to keep them in pots then plant them wherever i move and hope the roots would grow again and they would get big.


Is that possible? or would I just have to plant them and then get some cuttings and root them or something.


Advice please! Need help!

Thanks

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Vorguen
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~panic panic panic panic~


help please!

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lorax
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Don't panic!

The only one of those trees with a tap root is the pine, and hence it's the only one that will really be troubled by living in a pot for 2-3 years. The oaks and plums will get rootbound (and want up-potting) but that's the worst of it.

As for right now, what you've done should see them through to your house, where you can then pot them.

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Keeping the roots wet is more important. Nutrients can wait. you don't want them to dry out.

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Vorguen
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got you all... so if the oaks and plums get rootbound will they start getting larger as soon as i take them out of the pot and into the ground? what about the pines... any chance they'd survive the pots?

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Vorguen
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Is there any way my pines would survive 2-4 years and be able to take them to my new property? :(



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