Plant a "Grown-up" Tree?
Q: I saw an article titled "Forget the saplings -
plant a grown-up tree." Is this a good strategy?
What are the pros and cons.
It depends. If they get a large enough root ball with the tree spade so
that the bigger tree lives, you can have an instant tree instead of waiting
for a small one to grow.
It's more expensive, but you don't have to wait as
The down side is that the larger the tree the greater the transplant shock,
so it may not grow very fast the first several years and it needs extra care
that whole time.
In the meantime, a smaller tree will adapt sooner and
start growing at a normal pace sooner, and it may actually catch up in size
to the larger one in about the same amount of time it took the larger one to
get over the transplant shock (unless it was a really large tree, then this
may not be the case).
It usually boils down to money, the amount of time someone wants to wait,
and the amount of care they want to provide for either size.
require less care sooner since they adapt sooner.
And, larger trees may not
survive the move and may take a while to die, at which point you have to
start over, sustaining a larger loss overall.
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