[nafex] Fall transplanted trees/drought

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Tue Nov 20 10:48:03 EST 2001

I didn't dig and transplant any bareroot trees until this past weekend, but 
did transplant about 50 containerized(mostly in the remains of the 1/2 
gallon milk cartons I'd started them in) seedlings(mostly oaks & hickories) 
with the kids at the neighborhood elementary school, back in September.
Too far to haul water to them all, but I figured they were far better off 
in the ground than they would have been in the nursery area, 'cuz I didn't 
have time to water them there, either.

I figure those container-grown seedlings - and some of them had been 
'imprisoned' in the same pot for as long as 3 years(!) should be 
well-acclimated to 'drought' conditions, after the neglect they'd endured 
while awaiting their chance to find a permanent spot.

Depending on rainfall, I'm figuring on watering the bareroots I tranplanted 
this past weekend on a weekly basis until things get sufficiently moist 
that I think they'll be OK.  Hope to get some shredded leaves down around 
them as mulch this over the TG holiday.  Should help with moisture retention.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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