I’m watching Ryan’s Nursery Stock #3 video for the fourth time, getting ready to find the nebari and front of a nursery stock Nordman Fir. I dug down almost halfway into the 3-gallon nursery pot to find an impressive trunk flare begin, so I feel I’ve at least found the base. I cut the container lower to make it easier to see and work with the trunk base.
But… the roots encircle the pot, and most are quite long. The root mass still sits above the newly found trunk base and are somewhat exposed. I’ve added the soil I removed back on top at least for now to keep them protected, but I’m not sure what a good next step is.
I was going to do an initial clean up and style on the tree, and just leave it in the nursery pot for a year, but I feel I need to do something about the roots. What’s the best idea? Growbox transplant without disturbing the root ball (much)? Different pot? Root trimming? Just tuck them down into the existing pot? I’d love to learn what might work.
Your guidance is appreciated.