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Old 09-26-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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How long should a tree/shrub be kept in a 1 gallon container? Before it will outgrow the container or become rootbound?
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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Check the roots, are they pressed up against the container and popping out of the soil at the surface. Your question cannot be answered because all plants grow at different speed depending on light, food and water.

I would immediately transplant any plant from a one gallon into a five gallon or 15 gallon right after I bought it.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Before I bought the current house I had my peach trees in containers (maybe 10 or 20 gallon?) outside for about 1.5 years. I also had cranberry bushes in teracotta pots for the same amount of time. Everybody's in the ground now, though.

I wouldn't do it on purpose, but if you have to keep the plants in the nursery container, you can look through the drainage hole in the bottom to see if roots are starting to grow outside. At that point I'd repot immediately. If you are forced to keep the plant in the container (and the roots are overgrown), I would make sure to water it probably daily or every few days and let the water drain out.

You should put it in a suitable location ASAP. You may already know this, but before planting you may need to loosen and/or cut the rootball. I would say don't be afraid to be rough with separating the roots if the rootball is tight. There are videos showing how to do it on Youtube.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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What kind of tree/shrub are you referring to? Obviously one that grows to a large size would need to be transplanted pretty quick. And how cold does it get during your winters? In some areas certain types of trees or shrubs left outdoors in a tub all winter could die, the roots will freeze. That has happened to me. If you are in Minnesota I imagine it gets quite cold there.
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