December 2020 – 1st Edition

Seedling Lifting and Planting is Here!

Maximize your seedling survival by avoiding these common planting mistakes.

Too Shallow Seedling

Too Shallow

Root collar and roots exposed, drying out roots.

Planted a Seed Too Deep

Too Deep

Pine bud within 2″ of the ground line.

"J" or "U" Roots

Roots form a “J” or “U” shape resulting in poor or weak root development.

Too Loose

A firm pull on one needle cluster moves plant.

Excessive Tap Root Pruning

Pine seedling roots should not be pruned shorter than 5″. Hardwood seedling roots should not be pruned shorter than 6″.

Not Erect

The tap root should not be planted at more than 30˚ from perpendicular.

ArborGen is dedicated to your success. In keeping with this commitment, we have created a “Daily Planting Log” available at our nurseries.

This log allows the landowner, consultant, or planting contractor to document several vital details at delivery, including the condition of the seedlings, confirmation of correct seedling type, and packaging. Along with the initial inspection, the Planting Log allows the appropriate person to keep track of the date of planting, weather conditions, planting tools, etc. All of this information can be recorded and readily accessible in the event of any questions after planting is complete.

Make sure you request that a Daily Planting Log is included in your delivery or pick-up. At right is an example of the log. Please contact the nursery or reforestation advisor should you have any questions.

Customer Success Story:
Sid Dromgoole, Nacogdoches, Texas

Picking Up Your Seedling Order

Please call ahead to arrange pick-up of your seedlings. This will allow our nursery personnel to provide you expedited service in a safe environment.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you do not enter the nursery. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the nursery you plan to visit.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Are You On the Reforestation Forum Yet?

Our reputation is built on two pillars…

Forestry Knowledge: The best scientific data and experienced staff.

Customer Service: Being a true partner and acting with integrity.

To continue to deliver on both, this summer we launched The Reforestation Forum. This free online community builds on the collaborative spirit of foresters by creating a convenient place for you to share and learn from others in the field – including our own experts. It’s another way for you to tell us your needs and ideas, so we can further improve our services and products. Click Here for more information about the Reforestation Forum.

Watch this short video to learn more.

High Quality Seedlings at Your ArborGen Nurseries

Loblolly OP Advanced

Available at your Shellman, GA Nursery

Loblolly OP Elite

Available at your Blenheim, SC Nursery

Slash OP Elite

Available at your Bellville, GA Nursery

Loblolly OP Elite Piedmont

Available at your Blenheim, SC Nursery

Loblolly BR OP Select Coasta

Available at your Taylor Nursery in Trenton, SC

Loblolly OP Elite for East Texas

Available at your Bullard, TX Nursery

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


Geoffrey Lee Hill

Geoffrey Lee Hill

Georgia, Virginia, Eastern Tennessee, Northern North Carolina


Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart

Eastern Texas, Southern Louisiana


Lux Davis

Lux Davis

Senior Business Specialist, Texas


Kylie Burdette

Kylie Burdette

Southern North Carolina, South Carolina


Jason Cromer

Jason Cromer

Florida Gulf Coast, South Alabama, Southwest Georgia


Greg Hay

Greg Hay

Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, and Oklahoma


Jason Watson

Jason Watson

Director, Reforestation Advisors