Thread: When is the best time of the year to transplant evergeens?

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    When is the best time of the year to transplant evergeens?

    I am hoping to visit a local christmas tree farm and transplant some 4-5 foot evergreens (I do not know the specfic kinds) to a peice of property I recently purchased. When is the best time of the year to do this? Thanks!
    ULFan

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    Oak
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    RE: When is the best time of the year to transplant evergeens?

    You can transplant as long as the ground isn't frozen and the trees are dormant. Most people prefer either a spring or late fall planting time.
    The exact species also matters--what kind of evergreens are you going to get?

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    Oak
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    RE: When is the best time of the year to transplant evergeens?

    I've heard that Eastern hemlock (aka Canadian hemlock) does best with Spring planting. I've also heard that it does absolutely awful with transplanting later in life. I've also had great success transplanting one that was at least 5-10 years old, and I did so in the middle of August, so it's not a system of absolutes!

    As 'Sprawl pointed out, it really depends on the particular kind of evergreen. As mentioned, early Spring or late Autumn, when the trees in your area are dormant, are the best bets for success in transplanting.
    Cheers,
    Everett

    Green Man Enviroscaping LLC
    www.greenmanenvy.com

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    Oak
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    RE: When is the best time of the year to transplant evergeens?

    You xplanted An Eastern Hem in August and it lived?! You are the tree master. I did manage to move one around 8 yrs old in winter and it is doing fine as we speak. All the ones I have pilfered from Natl Forest land have done well but their kin in the mountains are faring poorly as the HWA has devastated this guy in his native range. Gone are virgin forests with 150' tall Hemlocks with 5' DBH trunks in the Smokies. At least I have some of their progeny and they will not succumb to this pest as long as I live.

    kinda gets me feeling fierce

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