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Hurricane Michael Salvage & Recovery

Recovery Efforts are in Full Swing in
Florida, Georgia, and Alabama

A recent visit to forests ravaged by Hurricane Michael was a profound experience and we understand how hard this is.  Recovery will take time and ArborGen is here to help.



Planting for Better Survival

Shallow planting is a major cause of seedling mortality. Bareroot seedlings should be planted at least 2 inches above the root collar, i.e., 2 inches deeper than they were grown in the nursery. For container Loblolly and/or Slash Pine, our recommendation is to plant the root ball at or slightly below ground level to get the roots down to moist soil and for stability. The recommended planting depth for container Longleaf in open agriculture fields, scalped fields and wet sites is where the root ball is slightly above ground level to make sure the bud does not get covered. Cut over hand planted areas should have the root ball at ground level or slightly above.

It is virtually impossible to plant a bareroot seedling too deep, unless the bud is covered with soil. Be sure to properly align the seedling in the hole as close to vertical as possible. An angle of 20 degrees or less is preferred. The planting hole must be closed both at the top and the bottom to ensure the optimal contact of the soil and roots. You can check the planting by pulling on the top of the seedling. It should feel tight in the soil. When seedlings are planted deeply, “J” and “L” rooted seedlings are not a problem. Never allow root pruning.

Here Dr. Paul Jeffreys shows you what a well-planted seedling looks like – the right way.




Don’t Cut the Roots!

A few weeks back, I accompanied a former student of mine, now a professional forester, to a planting site on his company land to inspect both seedling and planting quality. As we arrived on the tract that had been site prepared for its new forest, I noticed something that deeply concerned me.  One of the planters had separated himself from the rest of the crew and was filling his planting bag for another run. He was down on both knees with his hoedad planting tool firmly secured between them.

It appeared that he was taking the seedlings from the box and then holding them on both ends. I could see him making an up and down motion with his arms and I instantly knew what was going on.  I got out of my truck and headed in his direction. The tree planter immediately started trying to hide his actions, but the pile of cut roots next to him was too much to cover. I caught him prepping his bag of work for easy planting and it was obvious that he did not understand, or care, about the consequences of his actions. Upon further investigation of the tract, several piles of roots were discovered by the forester and me. It is an age-old problem as old as artificial regeneration itself. Tree planters, in order to make planting easy, will cut, chop, bite or chew off roots to make for easy insertion into the planting slit, thereby producing a damaged seedling with disproportionate shoot/root ratio and a major loss of absorbent root tips.

Remember, your seedlings arrive from our nurseries with the perfect shoot/root ratio – don’t cut the roots!

Seedlings Going Fast – Order Yours Now!

Right now we still have some high-performance coastal MCP® families available for most regions, as well as improved Longleaf Pine

Need a trusted partner to guide the way?  Get in touch with a Reforestation Advisor to explore your options.







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We Smart Load™ Every Package of Seedlings

Where You Want Them, When You Want Them

On time delivery of seedlings to you is a critical step in providing fresh, healthy seedlings for planting at your site. ArborGen will partner with you for delivery of your seedlings using the optimum mode of delivery, packaging, and scheduling. The final method of shipping and cost to deliver will be based on our efforts to achieve the lowest cost solution while meeting your service requirements for delivery. All orders shipping from ArborGen locations or coolers are shipped F.O.B. nursery of origin. You always have the option to pick your seedlings up at the nursery. Remember, we Smart Load™ every box and bag of seedlings to help maximize survivability.

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An additional service available to you for medium to large volume orders is refrigerated van rental for the purpose of dropping the van at your site for as many days as required to complete planting.

Seedlings lifted before January 1st typically have limited storage time.  Please contact the nursery providing your seedlings to see how much storage time can be used for the seedlings.  This could impact the number of seedlings being delivered in a single shipment recognizing the time required to plant the seedlings once delivered.

Need a trusted partner to guide the way?
Get in touch with a Reforestation Advisor to explore your options!

Paul Jeffreys, Ph.d.

Paul Jeffreys, Ph.D.

Western Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi


Austin Heine

Austin Heine

North Carolina and Virginia



Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart

Eastern Texas, Southern Louisiana


Kylie Burdette

Kylie Burdette

South Carolina


Jason Cromer

Jason Cromer

Florida Gulf Coast, South Alabama, Georgia


Greg Hay

Greg Hay

Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, and Oklahoma


Jason Watson

Jason Watson

Director, U.S. Sales