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Key Questions for Christmas Tree Growers
Here are major points to consider:
- Consumer demand
- Distance from market and shipping quantities
- Plant adaptability to site
- Disease and insect resistance
- Stock from proven seed source
- Growth rate or rotation length
- Operator's time and commitment level
We suggest planting transplants of all
varieties for direct field planting. Growers experience higher survival
rates and shorter rotation lengths this way. However, good weed
control can aid in survivability of bare root seedlings. The smaller
seedlings should be placed in a nursery bed until they reach the
desired height, then field planted.
- Plant tree 1/2" deeper than it
grew in nursery.
- Dig holes deep enough so roots are
- Fill dirt loosely around roots and
add water to the hole until it is about 3/4 full.
- Finish filling the hole with soil and
pack tightly to eliminate air pockets.
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