Ready to graduate now or in spring?

whaas_5a(5A SE WI)August 13, 2011

I have a 1 gallon Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo' that I planted late April in a holding bed. Most these little guys will get moved over the next 1-3 years.

I have a spot for this plant now. Should I move it now (or even late Sept) since its fresh in the ground or wait until next Spring?

I know I can go eitherway just figured I ask in case folks think one route may get it off to a faster start.

Thanks!

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i would move it when the leaves of the deciduous trees start turning color..

which i take to mean.. all trees.. of which conifers are.. are dormant above ...

why move it when the needles are theoretically still active... you are just going to stress them ... which would show up as winter burn..

it will continue to re-establish its roots up to ground freeze ... and and then will have all early next spring to work on those roots.. until the buds start extending..

or do it in april as soon as the ground is thawed ... again.. while it is completely dormant ...

this is for z5 and colder ... as we have an either or transplant season.. though i tend to like fall.. since it gives us two cool root-growing seasons before the onslaught of next summers heat ...

someone recently suggested to me.. that perhaps fall is not the best time to move them on yellow tissue plants.. as winter dessication will burn that foliage .. if stressed by the fall move ... lol .. i suggested it dont matter as they all seem to burn for a few years until fully established ...

all that said.. BB or potted.. and how much root surgery are you going to do????

ken

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 2:30PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Not much I already laid into it this spring. Should, for the most part, be a simple transplant.

I'm thinking fall might be better as well for the reason you mentioned that way it might take off next spring vs. limp along in spring.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 3:15PM
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