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Choose the Right Time to Plant Your Bare Root Tree Seedling
Walnut tree seedlings planted in the beginnings of a walnut orchard

Walnut tree seedlings planted in the beginnings of a walnut orchard

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Whether you started the tree from seed yourself, picked one up at an event like Arbor Day, or ordered it from a catalog, it's important to make sure you give your bare root tree seedling the right start in life.

If at all possible, plant the seedling as soon as you get it. Don't let the tree roots dry out.

Timing

One of the most critical steps in planting your bare root tree seedling is to make sure you are doing it at the right time of year. The best time to plant is while the seedling is dormant.

  • Warmer zones can plant almost all year except summer - heat will stress and dry out the seedlings.

  • In cooler zones, plant in late winter/early spring once the ground has thawed.

The best day for planting is one that is cool and cloudy.

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