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dig now. dig later.

Posted by seth jones 
dig now. dig later.
April 12, 2018 05:16PM
Hi all

Crazy spring in the hollow. This week the soil thawed out finally. Now it's just full mud season. Still too wet to work or dig planting holes.

We have 300 two year old apples on B118 in our nursery. Trees are still dormant, with buds just beginning to fatten up. Plan to plant them out this spring. Looks now like week of April 22-28.

Finally a question: Would you dig them now and keep them covered in a cold basement until planting in a 11/2 to 2 weeks? Or would you leave them in the ground, risk them breaking dormancy (temps predicted in the mid 50s for the next week) and dig them on the day of planting? What would cause the least stress on the trees?

Seth Jones
East Hollow Cider
Petersburgh, NY 12138
Technically Zone 5 acting like zone 4
Re: dig now. dig later.
April 13, 2018 04:38AM
Dig them now and store. Keep dormant as long as possible. Once they start to leaf out, they'll be stressed a lot from the transplant shock. Dig 'em and store 'em.

Mike Biltonen, Know Your Roots
Zone 5b in New York
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