Best time to plant pyracantha?
We bought 4 pyracantha plants in 3.5 gallon containers that will need to be replanted in the back yard. The soil is caliche like and will require a get deal of effort to dig the holes. When is the best time to put these in the ground (it is now mid September)? Also, the plants are about 5' H by 2' W. Are the containers big enough if we hold off planting? Any planting tips for this soil type?
Washoe County Nevada
It is important that you test the soil for drainage before you plant anything. Moisten the soil before beginning to dig and then fill the hole with water. The water should completely drain within a few hours, if it does not you should not plant any plants until you can see water will drain easily.
Fall is idea for planting, so plant the pyracanthas in the next two months would be great.
Here is an exert out of one of out proper planting fact sheets I wrote to help you:
Backfilling – Once the tree is in place, gently position it so the root flare will be visible above the soil line after planting. Backfill the planting hole with the native soil that was removed when the hole was dug. Remove large rocks or debris before backfilling. It is not necessary or advisable to add fertilizers at this time.