Large Containers for Trees

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Large Containers for Trees
Most trees can be grown in large containers. (planters image by Paula Gent from

Almost any type of tree can be grown in a container, either indoors or outdoors. When growing trees in containers you must provide room for the roots to grow and expand while remaining unrestricted. Tree roots require large containers, typically at least 1 foot of soil on all sides of the root ball. There are many things that can be used as a container to grow a tree--any container that will hold enough soil and allow for proper water drainage will suffice. According to Gardening Know How, the placement of the tree's container is much more important than the container.


An old barrel cut in half will serve as a suitable large container to grow a tree--30 gallon wine barrels are most commonly used for the purpose as they are typically large enough for most container grown trees when cut in half. Holes must be drilled into the bottom or sides of the barrel to allow for proper water drainage to prevent excess water from gathering in the bottom on the barrel. If excess water builds up it can not only rot the roots of the trees but the wood from the barrel as well. When searching for a barrel to use as a planter visit your local home improvement or gardening store as they often carry them during springtime.

Large Containers for Trees
An old barrel cut in half sevres as a great large planter. (barrel of flowers image by dav820 from

Manufactured Containers

Manufacturers sell large containers for trees in many different shapes, sizes and colours to suit the design of any interior or exterior design. Ceramic vases are typically sold from speciality stores as decorative disguises for common plastic planters. Decorative ceramic vases are typically not intended for direct potting, however, as they do not allow for proper drainage. Speciality websites and local garden stores are the best places to shop for large containers. Yard sales are also a great place to shop for large, manufactured containers at a low price.

Large Containers for Trees
Large ceramic containers seldom have proper drainage. (feature garden image by Tom Curtis from


A simple plastic bucket will serve well as a container for a tree if aesthetics are not an issue. Plastic buckets are available in different sizes and are typically very low in cost. Drill holes in the bottom or sides of any plastic bucket to allow for proper soil drainage and to prevent root rot. Buckets can easily be painted or decorated to add a more pleasing appeal. Plastic buckets can also be placed into decorative manufactured planters to disguise the bland exterior.

Large Containers for Trees
Plastic buckets are commonly used by gardeners as low-cost planters. (bucket of flowers image by Allyson Ricketts from

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