Step 1: Fill Pot With Soil
Add a layer of broken clay pots or gravel over the drainage holes, followed by soil-based compost mixed with a slow-release fertilizer applied at the recommended rate.
Step 2: Loosen Roots and Remove
Water the tree, knock it from its pot, and check that the top of the root ball will sit 2in (5cm) below the new container’s rim. Tease out the roots to help them establish.
Step 3: Center Tree in Pot
Position the tree carefully in the center of the container. Fill around it with compost and firm, making sure that it is planted at the same level as in its original pot.
Step 4: Keep Moist
Water well, and apply a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost, leaving a space around the stem. Never allow the compost to dry out, but guard against waterlogging. Cut out dead and diseased wood as soon as you see it.
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Correct potting is essential for crop growth. Follow these steps to create the most prosperous environment for young plants.