Best time to transplant conifers?

MNAaron

5 year old buck +
Ok guys I am planning on transplanting some 1-3 ft tall conifers sometime next year. When is the best time?
 

MNAaron

5 year old buck +
That is what I thought as well however had a few people tell me to do it in the fall when they go more dormant. Thanks once again Stu
 

sandbur

5 year old buck +
I have about twice as much success with spring planting as compared to fall.
 

MNAaron

5 year old buck +
Thanks guys
 

John-W-WI

Administrator
Non-evergreens don't mind fall planting... But it's spring only for me on evergreens.

-John
 

Jim Timber

5 year old buck +
What's the reasoning behind the preference for spring on conifers?
 

strawhead

5 year old buck +
We also have had limited success with planting in the fall. I think a big part here is our hard winters and the transplants just not able to get enough strength back before winter.
 

Jim Timber

5 year old buck +
My Norway Spruce are either a pigmy variety, or my soil sucks, and those were all spring planted.

I've got a red pine growing in the swamp along the trail I keep meaning to move and was thinking of doing it before the freeze. It's grown more than any nursery tree I have.
 

Jim Timber

5 year old buck +
I'm amazed this one hasn't drown.

My swamp is the only natural conifers I have. All the others were my doing.
 

Jim Timber

5 year old buck +
I hope the issue I have is lack of sun. The trees planted in Shrub Henge still only get a couple hours of direct sun a day.

Once the rifle range is cut, that'll change, but for now I'm seeing 5" growth a year.
 
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