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

Leslie Moyer unschooler at lrec.org
Thu Aug 11 10:42:00 EDT 2011

In Oklahoma, fall is definitely the best time to plant.  Our summers are hot and dry (particularly this year!!) and the trees really benefit from the (wetter) fall + winter + spring in the ground to get their root systems established before having to face their first summer in the ground.  Yet nary a tree or shrub is to be found at local garden centers.  I asked a large garden & landscape center last year why they didn't have a better supply/selection in the fall and they said that they didn't want to be stuck with a lot of inventory over the winter.  At the same time, they acknowledged that fall WAS the best time to plant here.  Now that I have a small nursery myself, I know that part of the problem is that virtually all of the wholesalers supply in the spring, but they quit supplying in the fall.  I get what I can get in the spring (late winter, really) and then I'm S.O.L. (as they say) until the next spring.  

Leslie Moyer
unschooler at lrec.org

On Aug 10, 2011, at 10:29 PM, Steven Covacci 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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