Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns

septembre 19

The trend in nurseries is to sell trees of increasingly large caliber at an increasingly high price, a trend that sits well with many consumers because they see it as a way to get faster results. But the laidback gardener (and the gardener on a budget) would prefer, instead, small-caliber trees or even rooted cuttings or seedlings, say about 2 or 3 years old,  to large-size trees: they are less expensive (and how!), easier to transport and plant… and the success rate is vastly improved.

As is the case with almost all plants, seedlings and young plants tolerate transplanting much better than more mature specimens and grow much faster than large-calibre trees that have been stressed by having their roots severely cut back. So 5 years later, you’ll often see no difference between a  large caliber tree that cost $300 and a young sapling that cost $5.95… except that the sapling often exceeds its big brother in size, in vigor and in appearance!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

1 comment on “Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

  1. Five years later and not much difference. Good to know. makes sense now that you explained it.

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