|Germination, Planting, & Care Instructions|
How's the Weather?If the weather in your region is severely hot or cold, you'll need to pay special attention to your seedling — especially when it's small. Do not let your seedling burn in extreme heat, nor freeze in harsh, cold weather. Generally speaking, keep your tree indoors during times of freezing and sub-freezing temperatures. In the spring, after your last freeze, place the tree outdoors once again in a sunny location.
Keep It Happy!Keeping your tree in good health is easy. Water your seedling regularly, but always allow the soil to dry-out somewhat between watering. Be careful not to over-water your tree — the soil should be just barely moist before additional watering. Feeding your tree with a high-nitrogen fertilizer is recommended. Time-release fertilizers, such as Osmocote, work well and are particularly easy to use.
A Permanent LocationWhen your tree is a few feet tall, your may want to transplant it to a permanent location in the landscape. Early spring and early fall are especially good times for transplanting. Choose a location well away from buildings, power lines, and other trees (at least 10"), and clear all vegetation from the planting site. Dig a hole big enough to take the roots of your tree with small margin extra. The bottom of the hole should be dug out to allow 6" of good, loose soil or leaf-mould beneath the tree. A mixture of the surrounding soil, compost, and sand should be put around the spread roots and gently firmed.
Don't Worry Be HappyIf your soil tends to be basic (alkaline), an occasional application of rhododendron-azalea plant food may help nourish the tree and condition the soil. Water your tree occasionally in the summer months, especially in particularly hot weather. Our Trees are 100% guaranteed! If your tree does not survive, it'll be replaced with a free seedling of any species we stock (you pay only shipping and handling).