How to Grow Chinaberries

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    • 1). Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container and 3 inches deeper. Add 3 inches of compost to the bottom of the hole.

    • 2). Remove the Chinaberry tree from its container and place it into the hole. Add compost until the top of the root ball is level with the top of the hole.

    • 3). Fill the hole with water. Start adding the removed soil back into the hole. No soil amendment is necessary. Turn the shovel upside-down and poke holes all around the hole with the handle to eliminate air pockets.

    • 4). Sprinkle 1 cup of Epsom salt around the top of the soil and water the planted tree well. The magnesium in Epsom salt helps roots establish.

    • 5). Water the tree every other day for two weeks, twice a week for the next two weeks and once a week thereafter if there is not an inch of rain during the week.

    • 6). Fertilize your Chinaberry tree after four weeks with an all-purpose balanced fertilizer such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10, according to label directions. Fertilize the tree in early spring for the first three years. No fertilizer is needed after the third year. Forcing the tree into fast growth makes it more susceptible to wind damage.

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