How to Buy Christmas Tree Seedlings
How to Buy Christmas Tree Seedlings. If you want to break into the lucrative Christmas tree farm business, first determine how many trees you can grow on your land. Research the various popular tree types and find a seller. Quality of the seedlings is of utmost importance as you will be selling trees based on their appearance. While that appearance...
If you want to break into the lucrative Christmas tree farm business, first determine how many trees you can grow on your land. Research the various popular tree types and find a seller. Quality of the seedlings is of utmost importance as you will be selling trees based on their appearance. While that appearance can be cultivated by pruning for shape, it is still important to select seedlings that are healthy. The best time to purchase seedlings is in January to May and planting is best done during that time as well.
Things You'll Need
Visit a commercial seedling nursery to purchase your Christmas tree seedlings. Call ahead to find out their selection. Seedlings are designated based on their age as either 1-0, 2-0, or 3-0, and whether they have been transplanted out of the growing bed, and when. The age of the seedling is the sum of the two numbers, in years.
Check each tree for fullness of branches and a relatively straight trunk. Straight branches do not matter as they will be shaped, trimmed and coaxed into a symmetrical shape as the Christmas tree grows.
If the seedling has been transplanted out of its growing bed, check each tree's container to ensure it is not pot-bound; meaning there are not an excessive amount of roots growing out of the perforated holes on the bottom of the container. A few roots growing through the container is acceptable.
Test for moisture in the potting soil by inserting a finger a half inch into the soil. It should be moist and not completely dry.
Load trees onto a pallet and into your vehicle, securing the containers together using a long rope so they are not jostled or turned over during transportation.
Tips & Warnings
Familiarize yourself with popular Christmas tree types before deciding which to buy.
Become versed in the care required for the particular kind of tree you purchase. Test your soil to make sure you have the correct soil type. Amend the soil if necessary; most Christmas trees prefer a sandy loam.
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