Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Plants and Light Conditions

From Tropica Mango Nursery’s Facebook page: (with minor editing)

It is important to take note what light conditions the tree you are purchasing is being kept in at the nursery. To reduces the stress of keeping trees in black nursery containers during the summer, many full sun trees are kept under partial shade or filtered light. It is important to make note of where the tree is being kept so you will know what to do when you take it home. If the tree was out in the full sun, then it is probably okay to plant it right away in a full sun location. However if it was in shade, and you want to plant it in a full sun spot you will have to acclimate it or there is a good chance it will shock and die.

Several ways of doing this are to leave the tree in the container and place it for a few hours at a time in a spot you eventually want to plant it, increasing the time every couple of days till eventually after 2-4 weeks you can safely plant it without worry of sunburn. Another method is to plant it in the desired spot and then cover it with shade cloth. Over the course of the next 2-4 weeks slowly start removing the shading, first starting with allowing morning sun and then finally afternoon sun.

Seems like a lot of work and time but it is one of the best things you can do to be a successful summer gardener in Arizona.

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