How to Grow Conifers in Containers 

Grow conifers in containers to enjoy these magnificent evergreens even with limited area. Grow conifers in containers with this step-by-step instructions.  

Choose the Right  Container  

Select a container with drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging and large enough for the conifer root system. Wood, fiberglass, and plastic containers work well.  

Select a Conifer  

Not all conifers grow well in containers. Compact or dwarf cultivars are suitable for small places. Popular trees include dwarf spruces, pines, junipers, and cypresses.  

Use Good Potting Mix  

Use container plant potting mix with good drainage. Garden soil compacts in pots and may not drain well.  

Plant Carefully  

Improve drainage by adding gravel or broken pottery to the container bottom. Next, plant the conifer at the same depth as in its container, covering the root ball with soil.  

Hydrate adequately

Container conifers need regular watering, especially in hot, dry weather. Check soil moisture regularly and water when the top inch feels dry. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot  

Fertilize Properly

Fertilizing container conifers during the growing season may help. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for a balanced, slow-release container plant fertilizer.  

Check for bugs and diseases 

Aphids, spider mites, scale insects, root rot, and needle blight should be monitored. Fix problems immediately to prevent them from spreading.  


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