[NAFEX] Re: nafex Digest, Vol 27, Issue 20/nursery stock leafed out

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 8 16:52:24 EDT 2005

I assume the nursery stock is bare-root?  Altho I have trouble with 
transplant shock when I try to plant leafed-out potted stuff into the 
ground, I recommend planting these in pots & potting mix until your 
ground/soil is ready.  Other growers have great success with this.

Have you given the plants any water yet?  If they are just barely growing, 
and you haven't watered them, you can probably keep them in limbo for a few 
days by storing in a cold damp place.  If the leaves are getting big, &/or 
if you dunked the roots (for no more than a few hours, I hope!), the race is 
probably started.

Tanis Cuff, s.WI, who once received mail-order conifers from Inidana, which 
had been dug after full candle!  Now I order from same or colder zones.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Jason MacArthur <
Subject: [NAFEX] Re: nafex Digest, Vol 27, Issue 20
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 15:31:08 -0400

Help!  I just received some apple trees in the mail from a nursery in 
California which are starting to  leaf out already.  The soil here is thawed 
but still quite muddy- is it better to plant trees in wet soil or to hold 
them once they have leafed out?  Is it that critical either way?  I will be 
digging with a shovel so I can be careful, but I will definitely impact soil 
structure for the worse, and risk leaving the tree stuck in a compacted 
"pot" in the ground.  Any experienced apple growers out there with any 

Jason MacArthur
zone 4
Marlboro, Vt

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