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Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: chopper
Date: September 08, 2023 08:24AM
Local gardening landscape place has a nice Brandywine Maple on the sale stand at 50% off which would make final price $175.

It's been in a pot way too long.

Their resident tree guy says if I clipped the roots that cross over before it went in the ground, also opened it up on the sides that "it's probably be alright". No money back guarantee.

It's a nice tree.
Any thoughts?

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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 08, 2023 08:51AM
I'd pass.

Their resident tree guy is who let it get in that condition to start with.



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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 08, 2023 08:54AM
Probably not worth your efforts.
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 08, 2023 09:23AM
Is it really appropriate for your hardiness zone?

$175 with a 1 year guarantee? That is way too high for something they are not going to warranty. Only buy it if you have a great spot for it. Soak the area in a 4' radius around the area you will transplant into, until is damp down below the level of the root ball.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/08/2023 09:38AM by Filliam H. Muffman.
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: rz
Date: September 08, 2023 09:27AM
I had sorta the opposite problem once. I left a tree that had planted from seed in its pot too long and the roots grew through the pot into the ground. I was going to leave it to just grow, but we were expanding our porch and I needed to move it. It was already about 6’ tall by that point and I had to cut a lot of roots to dig it up. I replanted it and gave it lots of water. It immediately went brown and looked dead. I asked several Master Gardeners at a plant show if it would survive. They all said no. I left it in the ground, and the next spring it came to life. Ended up growing to about 25’ and profusely flowered every year (pink tabebuia tree).
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: chopper
Date: September 08, 2023 09:56AM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Is it really appropriate for your hardiness zone?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>

It's been grown, in that very pot, in my zone, like 4 miles from my house, since sapling.
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: btfc
Date: September 08, 2023 10:00AM
“ $175 with a 1 year guarantee? That is way too high for something they are not going to warranty. Only buy it if you have a great spot for it. Soak the area in a 4' radius around the area you will transplant into, until is damp down below the level of the root ball. “


I’d bet that you can get it to grow (with some work), but I also think the price is high.

Offer half that if you really want it.
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: iaJim
Date: September 08, 2023 10:43AM
Offer them $85 and be prepared to walk away.
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: September 08, 2023 03:37PM
[www.finegardening.com].
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: September 08, 2023 05:15PM
Get a sugar maple, and tap it for syrup, too..... though ya may have to move about 25° - 30° further north latitude to best benefit.
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Re: Cheap Yet Root-Bound Tree. Should I?
Posted by: d4
Date: September 09, 2023 05:44AM
6 footer? Usually nature finds a way, but $175 with no guarantee is too much of a gamble. I agree with iaJim, $80 or walk (smiling and relieved he didn't take your money).



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