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Heeling In Bare Root Trees

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How can we send you trees in a box? Because the fruit and nut trees are dormant right now. As long as the bare root trees are kept cool (38F to 45F) and the roots stay moist, the trees can be shipped in one of these sturdy boxes. WHAT IS DORMANCY? Dormancy (from the Latin dormire, to sleep) is the sleeping or resting state of a tree or plant. In fall, as daylight decreases and temperatures drop, trees react by producing growth inhibitor hormones. The hormones tell the trees to stop growing and the…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardner.

I'm behind the Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply warehouse where we have our bare root container forest. These trees and just waiting to be shipped out and Keith is gonna demonstrate that process. The trees on order are pulled from these labeled bins the bins are filled with wet sawdust which keeps the roots moist this heeling in process is important. In order to fit this tall two year old tree in the box Keith is going to have to do some pruning. Were going to prune both the roots and branches. The roots grow rapidly after planting there's no need to be concerned about this because as you'll see in my pruning video were actually going to recommend that you prune it to about thirty inches. We work closely with our tree growing to make sure that the amount of pruning that we do wont stunt the growth or kill the tree and we have a replacement guarantee we guarantee that your tree will leaf out. The trees are placed into a bag with moist sawdust to protect the roots during transit. Now the trees are going to be placed in this sturdy tree box and by the end of the day they'll be off and on there way to your door. When the trees arrive open the box immediately then you also want to open the plastic bag. Don't leave the trees in the bag any longer than necessary. Inspect your trees carefully upon arrival you want to check the graphs and make sure there's no severed graph or any loose unions. If you notice any damage be sure and call our customer service department right away.

So what if you can't plant your trees as soon as you receive them that's ok you can heel them in and plant them when the time is right. To heel your trees in choose a shady location and dig a trench about a foot deep if your ground is frozen you can heel in either in the cellar or in the garage. Place the trees in the trench bundled as closely together as possible leaning against the slope. Cover the roots with loose soil compost or wood shavings avoid using rice hulls cedar or redwood shavings and it's important not to let your trees roots dry out or freeze. You want to keep the roots moist but not soaking wet the point of heeling in is to keep their roots moist protect the tree from freezing and keep it cool enough that it doesn't break dormancy. If your ground is frozen or if you're under snow you can create this same environment in a wheelbarrow or some other type of container and store it in your basement or your garage. If you see the buds swell and then the tree starts to flower it has broken dormancy and it needs to be planted immediately. If you can plant your trees right away and there's no need for healing in be sure and check out our tree planting video and grow organic for life!

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C W Hunk Says:
Feb 26th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hello, I’m looking for some bare root fruit bearing trees in the following edible species: Edible olives, cherries,and almonds. Your videos are informative and I thank you for the knowledge. I live in East Texas and I believe it is zone 8? GOD Bless, CW

Hans Says:
Jan 4th, 2014 at 12:58 am

That is the mistake I made. My wife bought some peach trees at a box store that had started to blossom. and I did not have time to plant them right away. Apparently all the strength was drawn from the roots so that they did not grow.

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