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Planting bare root trees AFTER buds have broken or swelled?  RSS feed

 
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Weather weirding is upon us.  Spring came to my region weeks early.  I was digging up and planting many bare root trees from my nursery beds.  Most of their buds have begun to swell, and many have opened partially.  I went ahead and planted lots of them.  But there is many more!  Am I wasting my time planting them?  Will it stunt the trees growth for many years to come?  Any way to care for them to prevent the transplant shock?  As of now I have been moistening their roots in kelp water pre planting.


Also...Does anyone know how long you can keep bare root trees in buckets of water?  Will too long damage them?

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Plant away Michael ! Those trees will do fine as long as you remember to give them some help in the form of Vitamin B-12 solution mixed with the water you settle the soil with. This prevents transplant shock and works for any plant, tree, moss, etc.

If you put bare root trees into buckets of water and they are going to be there for more than one week, you need to give them some nutrients dissolved in that water.
I use a solution of multi-mineral multi-vitamins diluted at 1 part vitamin solution to 4 parts water.
This diluted solution will keep bare root trees healthy for up to two months, just keep the water level up with more of the same dilute solution you started with.

BTW, the base solution is made with 4 multi-vitamin tabs per gallon of water, you will need to shake it up before you pour for the final dilution.

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Thanks sooo much for the great response.  What if I don't have this magical b 12 solution and I haven't been adding it?  Any brand you recommend? 
 
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I use my out of date vitamins to create my solution. I take a B-Complex vitamin most days but usually end up with some left when the use by date rolls around, these are what I use to make the solution.
I use 4 of the tablets per gallon of water, use cold water or room temperature water, shake several times a day until the tablets have dissolved.
To use this solution, put one cup into a gallon of water, stir or shake and pour around the plant when putting it in the soil.
You can also use this solution every spring as the plants wake up from their winter sleep.
 
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