How can I plant a new tree inside an old tree trunk?


How can I plant a tree inside an old tree trunk?I t will be so expensive to have 2 trees cut down I can't afford to have the stumps removed too, but need to plant another tree in one of those spots as soon as possible. Thanks.

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 25, 2020

    trees need room to grow and root- you could cut the old one down and plant the new one near it but not sure it would work in a tree trunk -here is some info below

  • Em Em on Jan 25, 2020

    It is generally "not' recommended to plant a new tree over the top of a recently removed stump. Simply plant the new tree adjacent to the stump, but keep the new planting hole at least three feet away from the stump to allow your new tree ample growing/rooting space (i.e., new trees need adequate mineral soil with good fertility and drainage for proper rooting and water/nutrient uptake).

    The reason we generally don't want to plant new trees over the top of existing stumps in yard-like settings is rather simple: the new planting location will have limited mineral soil exposure and inadequate rooting depth for nutrient uptake and structural stability; the sawdust / mulch created from stump grinding has a high carbon to nitrogen (C:N) ratio, thus compromising nitrogen availability for the new tree; and, settling of the newly planted tree within the cavity of the recently ground stump.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 25, 2020

    This seems like a beautiful idea at first blush, but consider the health of the new tree. The old tree is is having problems and has a need for cutting down and removal, you are right, it is expensive. Planting a new tree in the container (trunk) of the old tree is a creative way to replace it, but the nutritional/developmental health factors are not there for the new tree. You could try it, but the results may disappoint you.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jan 25, 2020

    A new tree would not likely thrive planted in an old trunk.

  • William William on Jan 25, 2020

    Shouldn't plant a new tree on or near an old stump. The soil is basically void of nutrients. The stump and roots will continue to rot for several years depending on the diameter of the stump and the soil will sink in the process. This can cause the new tree root s to rot also. As the stump and roots break down you may have fungus and mushroom growth.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jan 27, 2020

    If you can't remove your stump, there are lots of ideas here on how to decorate them in the yard if you are interested in that. Just scroll down.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 27, 2020

    I built rock gardens over stumps and planted rock garden plants in the area.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 09, 2020

    Hi Debbie, hope this video helps you out, it looks pretty cool

  • Em Em on May 09, 2021

    Shop around for a price for stump grinding. Brother had trunks of six 80+ year old pine tree stumps ground for $100 a tree.