Common Planting Mistakes to Avoid

With planting season coming to a close, it’s still vital to pay attention to the planting conditions and wide temperature fluctuations we experience every year.

Bareroot and containerized tree seedlings must be handled carefully from the time they are harvested at the nursery until they’re transplanted in the field. Equally important is planting seedlings correctly. In this edition of TreeLines, we’re going to cover 8 Tips to Ensure Best Survival and a few more planting mistakes to avoid – see the illustrations below.

Monitor environmental conditions and adjust field operations as necessary to optimize your seedling survival. By following these tips, you enhance the likelihood of successful planting. Reforestation costs are the landowner’s primary forestry investment during a timber stand’s life. Good seedling survival sets the stage for the next forest’s productivity and the landowner’s returns on investment. Remember that ArborGen Nurseries and Reforestation Advisors are ready to help you with your questions. Your success is our success.

8 Tips to Ensure Best Survival

  1. Keep seedlings cool.
  2. Keep seedlings from freezing.
  3. Keep seedlings moist. Seedling roots must never be allowed to dry out even for a few minutes.
  4. Handle seedlings carefully.
  5. Keep storage duration short.
  6. Don’t plant small, weak seedlings.
  7. Don’t plant when soils are dry.
  8. Don’t plant when weather conditions are critical.


 Common Planting Mistakes to Avoid

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.

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Customer Spotlight: Perry Clements, III – Forestry Consultant

Perry Clements is a forestry consultant with Charles R. Rozier & Associates in Bainbridge, Georgia. Their firm provides professional management and consultation services for clients’ land tracts, and also serves as an advisor to landowners to help them rest assured that they are meeting all of the needs associated with their land investment.