(Closed) How to plant a tree?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The first thing about planting trees is planting them correctly, like avoiding J-rooting seedlings.

Will you be planting a tree with an established root ball? (i.e.: a sapling) If so, you will need something (a container or planter etc) deep enough to hold the root ball, as well as provide adeqaute drainage. When planting a root ball directly in the ground you are generally looking for 4-6inches of crushed gravel topped with 4 or so inches of loose soil, followed by about 18 inches for the root ball itself. Pack in mineral and nutrient rich soil around the root ball and water thouroughly on a daily basis until established. This could be mimicked inn a container, but the container would have to be rather large. Saplings bought potted are established & grown from seedlings in the pots they are bought in.

The amounts of soil & type will vary depending on what type of tree you are planting. Some trees prefer sandy, loamy soil, others prefer well drained black earth, also, check the acidity or alkalinity the species prefers for optimal growth. Do a little google-fu to get specific answers.

If You are planting a seedling, you will have to plant it in an appropriate sized pot or container & leave it there until it has established a root ball (which could take upwards of 3months).

Go to your local garden centre or visit any nurseries in the area, talk to the people in charge of the greenhouses, ask questions and you will find a treasure trove of information.

Post # 5
433 posts
Helper bee

i love this idea! I will most likely find a way to incorporate that into our ceremony because a unity candle or sand ceremony just isn’t for us.

As far as a kit goes I’m sure someone has come up with one, but you’ll probably pay way more than you should (because it will have the word wedding attached to it). I’d suggest going with a smaller sapling that can be easily moved around in a car and planted without getting too messy.

The image below is from 2,000 Dollar Wedding


I’d just find a beautiful planter even if you don’t plan to keep it in there (prefilled with dirt about 2/3 of the way), clean gardening tools, and a sapling that is well suited for your climate. Ask at a locally ownded garden shop or find one growing wild and carefully transplant it temporarily.

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