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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Seedling Help

Hi guys. Im hoping someone can give me some direction here. I placed an order with Mossy Oak Native Nursery. I assumed (totally my fault) that they shipped in the Spring like most of the other nurseries I deal with. Well, I was wrong. I came home from work 2 days ago to find my trees had been shipped and arrived. I opened the box (I must say, very impressed with quality and size, will definately go with them in the future) and I managed to get all of them potted. I now have them all in my unheated garage. My question is, should I bring them into a warmer environment, like my basement maybe? Also, do they have any light requirements or should I not be too concerned wih light and just get them in the ground as soon as it thaws? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Re: Seedling Help

I would keep them cold otherwise they bud out.



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Your unheated garage will be just fine. Are you planning to grow them in the pots for a season?
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Re: Seedling Help

Thanks for the answers thus far guys. Grape, I hadn't planned on doing so. The seedlings are an assortment of Sawtooth Oaks, Strawberry Bush, Buttonbush (for the wet willow area behind my pond) and Chicksaw Plum, with most being bare root. Each year I plant a lot of various Bare root seedlings and don't do much other than cage them and water them and I usually do pretty well, this is going on 5 years now. Would you reccomend growing them in the pots for a season and then planting them. The only reason I potted them is because I figured it was the only way to keep them viable until I could get them in the ground.

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Re: Seedling Help

The general recommendation is to purchase seedlings from the same zone as where you intend to plant them. My guess is that they were grown several zones to the south of us, I hope they work for you.

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Re: Seedling Help

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Thanks for the answers thus far guys. Grape, I hadn't planned on doing so. The seedlings are an assortment of Sawtooth Oaks, Strawberry Bush, Buttonbush (for the wet willow area behind my pond) and Chicksaw Plum, with most being bare root. Each year I plant a lot of various Bare root seedlings and don't do much other than cage them and water them and I usually do pretty well, this is going on 5 years now. Would you reccomend growing them in the pots for a season and then planting them. The only reason I potted them is because I figured it was the only way to keep them viable until I could get them in the ground.
With the mild winter we are having, you may have an opportunity to plant them out sooner rather than later. I planted about a dozen trees 2 weeks ago when the frost was out of the ground. With this rain and predicted warm weather, along with a higher sun angle, the frost may be out of the ground again soon.
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