[NAFEX] Best time to transplant trees/shrubs: Fall or Spring?

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Thu Aug 11 09:48:40 EDT 2011


Here in eastern Ma, zone 6, some plants do better with spring planting and others with fall planting. I like to plant very cold hardy stuff like currants in the fall, for instance. But if I don't know anything about planting a particular plant, my preference is to obtain a dormant plant in late winter and plant it as soon as I can dig holes in the spring. 

If I buy non-dormant stuff, my preference is to plant in early September or April. 

loneroc <loneroc1 at gmail.com> wrote:

>In the north spring is the best time, so the roots have the summer to
>establish themselves before the harshest season, winter.  I hear from
>southerners that fall is best.  The trees take advantage of the mild
>winter to establish prior to the torrid summers.  I suspect that in the
>northwest that fall would be preferable, since summers are generally
>rainless.  I never transplant anything after the early spring unless
>absolutely necessary.
>
>Steve Herje SW Wisconsin Usda zone 3/4
>
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>Steven Covacci <filtertitle at aol.com> wrote:
>
>>Group:
>>
>>
>>When is the best time to transplant deciduous trees/shrubs: Fall or
>Spring?  I figure Fall since there will be days when the temperatures
>are above 32 F. and root growth can, then, occur; conversely, I would
>expect spring just in case reduction of feeder roots could be a problem
>during dry weeks, free of snow cover, when further die-back occurs when
>the upper-most layer of the ground freezes continually.
>>
>>
>>Thanks,
>>Steve - NJ 6b/7a
>>
>>
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