bare root white pine question

wvuengr12December 4, 2013

I just got in 10 bare root white pines from the arbor day foundation. Due to time constraints and on going landscaping I really don't have time to plant them outside where they will eventually go. Is it safe to put them in 1 gallon pots with good soil until spring time?. I have already done this and they are currently sitting in my garage as of yesterday.

My plan was to do this but I am unsure as if this will harm them and if it won't harm them, should I leave them in my garage where they get virtually no sun light or should I put them outside in the pots until spring or even next fall?

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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

The best thing is to put the pots in the ground. You can't keep them outside in pots, they will get wet, and the roots will be frozen and they will die. The garage is better. If possible put them on their sides to stop any growth, water about once a month. You don't want the soil to completely dry out. But you don't want it very wet either.
I never dealt with pine trees, but this is what i would do with fruit trees. Cover the roots with hay or blankets if possible too. They need to be insulated, but even if not and even if upright, should be ok.
Plant them ASAP in the spring. Don't worry about frosts, as long as the ground is workable, you can plant them. Last spring our last frost was April 25th, but I planted trees March 15th, the ground was no longer frozen. The trees did great!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 1:24PM
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I'm wondering what planting zone you are in and why they would send you trees in Dec.? Doesn't seem like a good plan.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 6:21PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

A lot of the west coast Nurseries offer their bare roots in December. Latest for CA is the first week in March., I have ordered bare root from Bay Laurel, and March, the first week is the very latest they can send bare root. Grow Organic can send at the latest January.
I like to experiment with some west coast trees and bushes. Best to buy close by, but many new fruit tree hybrids are developed on the west coast, and I want to see how well they do here. I have some Southern Highbush blueberry bushes coming in March from Bay Laurel.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 8:14PM
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