Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions

Search for Damage and Discrepancies:

Check your plants for damage or discrepancies upon arrival. If concerned, please call our office immediately to discuss a solution. Please remember that the seedlings are dormant and may appear "dead" to some. A simple scratch test using your fingernail at the bottom of the tree trunk will show you that there is green inside the trunks.

Trees can easily take several weeks to begin coming out of dormancy after you receive them, be patient and keep watering. Count your trees, one bundle of 10 can appear to some as only one tree, unwrap the trees, count them. If you ordered several bundles of the same item, we might wrap them in larger quantities than 10 for faster shipping times. Refer to your paperwork before calling.

Break Dormancy:

If you have received bare root material, we suggest soaking the roots for 48 hours in water to help them break dormancy to begin to plump bud and unfurl leaves. If you have plug material, there is no need to soak them.

Dig the Hole:

Some of the sizes of roots will vary with plug and bare root material. The size of a plug is usually 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. We recommend digging a hole 1 foot deep and one foot wide. For bare root material, we recommend digging a hole 1.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep to accommodate for a longer root system.

Plant the Tree:

When planting, place the seedling inside the hole you have dug and make sure the roots are set out naturally (if bare-root), spread out, and arranged in a downward orientation. Plant the tree deep enough, where the roots meet the tree's crown (tree collar). To make sure the tree is planted well, simply pack the soil around the roots firmly.

You may add a bone meal at the bottom of the hole to enhance growth or use a shrub and tree fertilizer of your choice. You can also help your tree grow faster by mixing potting soil into a tree hole if the ground is particularly tough. Do not use more than 30% compost in a soil mixture, as it makes it too salty for quality growth. Many clients like to use a post hole auger to dig the holes to save on body stress.

Planting Timeline:

For best results, we recommend planting your trees right away. If you are unable to plant as soon as possible, we suggest storing them in a cool, dry place such as a garage or shop floor, away from sunlight and heat.

To ensure the trees don't dry out, make sure to give them a sprinkle of water. Make sure they also have sufficient ventilation to prevent mold from growing. White mold is not harmful and can be wiped off.


We recommend watering once a week, perhaps more in the hot months, such as July and August. It is up to your discretion. It is paramount that your seedlings for the first and, or second year receive sufficient water.

If they dry out, they can die once leafed out. These are very fragile trees, and they deserve your attention for the investment you have made. In the fall, make sure they have been watered in very well to have some moisture available to them right away in the spring.


We recommend that you keep the weeds away from your seedlings to prevent nutrient and water competition. Generally, a 1-2 -foot radius around the tree is best. Mulch can help keep the weeds down by preventing the light from penetrating the soil, thus helping weed seeds germinate.


10 feet for any tree, 3 feet for any shrub in a row, plant rows approx. Eight feet away from another row.


Due to the perishable nature of nursery stock, the effects of weather conditions, transplanting, and care practices, we cannot be responsible for losses after seven days of receiving your shipment.

If any seedlings are not up to standard, replacement trees are on an individual basis and will be at the companies discretion. We warrant the trees to be true to type and healthy when shipped.