The Q&A Archives: dormancy in saplings

Question: I am interested in transplanting saplings into an area that my neighbors clear cut but was my property. I have many saplings growing in garden/flower areas that I would like to move but don't have the time to prep the transplant area yet......I have purchased saplings/shrubs before that came as bare root/dormant and would like to know how that is done so I can save some of these saplings for this fall....thank you, Julian

Answer: You can dig up the saplings this winter when they are dormant and hold them in a bed filled with sawdust or pine shavings and then plant them before spring (before they leaf out). Or you can dig them while they are dormant and plant them in their new spots in the garden. As long as the trees are dormant they won't need a lot of care, but they should be firmly planted before spring weather arrives. I'd dig the holes for the plants as time allows and then move them this winter or early spring. Good luck with your project!

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