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One year-old trees are only about one inch tall and with loving care they grow to be 6 to 8 inches tall after three years. At that time, as seedlings, they are transplanted into a larger garden-like area where they will be spaced 5 to 6 inches apart. After two more years in this bed, they will be dug as transplants and planted in the field.


Seed and Transplant Bed

Seedbed

   Christmas tree seed can be planted in either the spring or fall. Here, Ken and Buster are sowing the seed and then covering it with a mixture of sand and sawdust. Note the one-year-old trees in the previous year’s bed.

 

   The smaller trees in this bed are three years old and the larger ones are five years old. The old window screens over the baby trees serve as shade, but will still allow rain water through. The screens are only used during the trees' first summer of growth.

Transplant Bed

   Continue on the journey to Planting, which is the next step in nurturing a marketable Christmas tree.

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