Hi there-- I just picked up a large (4-5 foot) Taxus hicksii with a decent trunk (maybe 2 1/2" dia.) for a great price. But it's been sitting in the same 5-gal pot for a couple years at the nursery and it's yellowing badly. Nothing wilted or dead yet, just murky yellow-green all over. I figure it's rootbound and/or soggy, and it seems like a borderline emergency. It's pretty late in the year for root work, even in my wet mild winter zone 8a. Average first frost is only a week away, though we're still in the low 40s now at night.
So do I:
So do I:
- leave it rootbound in its pot, keep it out of the rain to dry out some and cross my fingers it lives till spring?
- bare root and repot in proper soil (as minimal root pruning as possible) and hope it recovers from the transition before temps get too cold?
- HBR it into proper soil?
- plant it in the ground, leaving the root ball more or less as is? (I'd pull it back out and put it in a training pot come spring)
- something I haven't thought of?