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Old 06-06-2020, 11:57 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Mine is 24x24, we built it out of thick wood, 8x2 inches, we also painted so it would last long, it fits snuggly in our alley of 30 inches, nothing else grows here and this one did. So that’s why I know it’s a survivor, or another word for invasive.
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:06 PM
 
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Mine is 24x24, we built it out of thick wood, 8x2 inches, we also painted so it would last long, it fits snuggly in our alley of 30 inches, nothing else grows here and this one did. So that’s why I know it’s a survivor, or another word for invasive.
Thanks for the info. A couple of questions:

1). Is your alley in full sun or shaded?

2). Do you drill holes at bottom of the planter?
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Recommend you plant in a polypropylene nursery bag. This will facilitate moving the tree if needed, soil is not in direct contact to work container (if used) or to any other pot. We visited Raintree when they were in Oregon, longtime ago. One of their suppliers is Lucile of Whitman Farms | Growers of unusual trees and shrubs since 1980 . We bought many specialty trees from Lucile and only a few miles from us. She is very interesting and knows her stuff (She has a PHD in Greek//Latin).
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Old 06-06-2020, 01:17 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. A couple of questions:

1). Is your alley in full sun or shaded?

2). Do you drill holes at bottom of the planter?
It’s shaded, there no need for hole because it’s not sealed tight, because the bottom is also wood. I tried to upload the top of this tree but C-D won’t let me.
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Old 06-06-2020, 02:00 PM
 
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It’s shaded, there no need for hole because it’s not sealed tight, because the bottom is also wood. I tried to upload the top of this tree but C-D won’t let me.
Thanks again.

The reason I asked if it's shaded because the particular space I have in the backyard is partially covered by a tall tree from neighbor's backyard so it only gets full sun from 2pm to 7pm in summer time. Glad to see it grows well in the shade.
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Old 06-06-2020, 02:02 PM
 
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Recommend you plant in a polypropylene nursery bag. This will facilitate moving the tree if needed, soil is not in direct contact to work container (if used) or to any other pot. We visited Raintree when they were in Oregon, longtime ago. One of their suppliers is Lucile of Whitman Farms | Growers of unusual trees and shrubs since 1980 . We bought many specialty trees from Lucile and only a few miles from us. She is very interesting and knows her stuff (She has a PHD in Greek//Latin).
A grow bag is a good idea. I went on Amazon and see different size of bags are available. Also on the website it recommends to move from 5 gal, to 10 gal, then 20 gal sizes from one year to the next.
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Old 06-06-2020, 02:07 PM
 
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I bought my Gro Pro 20 gallon containers from non Amazon source, they are very sturdy. If I were to do it again, I would plant my mulberry tree in this type of container.
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Old 06-06-2020, 02:54 PM
 
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I bought my Gro Pro 20 gallon containers from non Amazon source, they are very sturdy. If I were to do it again, I would plant my mulberry tree in this type of container.
Another good input. Just bought a 5 pack 20 gal grow bag from Amazon. Looks like i am all set except for the delivery in October
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Old 06-06-2020, 03:26 PM
 
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OK. You guys convinced me to consider planting in a container instead.

How big of a pot? I am thinking building it my own out of 2X4 and plywood. Do I drill holes at bottom for drainage? If so, wouldn't the roots find its way to through the holes to the soil?

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A grow bag is a good idea. I went on Amazon and see different size of bags are available. Also on the website it recommends to move from 5 gal, to 10 gal, then 20 gal sizes from one year to the next.

Planting it in a bag which is placed inside your slightly raised home made wooden container is a good idea, it makes it easier than lining and stapling the inside of the container with porous garden cloth before filling it with soil - also easier to remove the entire bag with rootball and tree intact out of the container if necessary. You can poke drainage holes in the bottom of the bag if you think it is necessary. Excess water will drain out between the cracks of your wooden container.

If you make a wood box instead of buying a container you should use solid 2 x 4 wooden studs, not plywood. Plywood is fabricated from shaved wood or pressed wood pulp and wood chips and glue, it will swell up, bend, crack and deteriorate and fall apart within a couple of years because of exposure to water and the other natural elements.

Personally I wouldn't bother with graduating to larger sizes of bags or containers every year. I suspect that suggestion to change to larger sizes every year may be a ploy to encourage people to purchase more new products every year.

If I was planting the dwarf tree into a container (with or without a bag) I would plant it directly into a 20 - 30 gallon container right at the outset and leave it in there to grow to it's maximum size. You can estimate the size of containers and amount of soil needed for them from the charts shown at this website: https://harvesttotable.com/container...oil-do-i-need/

I like the way NewbieHere has her mulberry's wooden pot elevated off the ground on the concrete bricks. That will ensure greater longevity of the wood container and there will be no rot on the bottom or burrowing and chewing from wood-eating insects because of contact with the damp ground. (i.e. pill bugs, wood lice, termites, millipedes and other similar wood-eating beasties). So I'd suggest you do the same thing with your wooden container if you make one. Put it up on a few bricks. Stain it or paint it. It will look nice.

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Old 06-06-2020, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Another good input. Just bought a 5 pack 20 gal grow bag from Amazon. Looks like i am all set except for the delivery in October
October? Sheesh, I got my 10 gal. grow bags in 3 days.
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