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||3 p. : ; 21 cm.
||Reimer, F. C ( Frank Charles ), b. 1881
University of Florida -- Agricultural Experiment Station
||Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
||Place of Publication:
||Tree planting -- Florida ( lcsh )
||government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent) ( marcgt )
non-fiction ( marcgt )
||Statement of Responsibility:
||"December 1st, 1903."
||At head of title: Department of Horticulture.
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||University of Florida
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Press Bulletin No. 44.
[F. C. REIMER.]
It is impossible to go into all the deainils of this subject.
The following general remarks may be of service:
The best time to plant, or rather transplant, a tree is"
when it is in a dormant condition. In Florida this
period lasts from about Dec. 1 to Feb. 15. The cut ends
of the roots should be callused over and the tree well es-
tablished in the ground before growth begins. This will
enable the tree to bridge over the dry spring season which
follows. Undoubtedly the best planting time is from
Dec. 1 to Jan. 20.
The soil should be well prepared. The ground should
be well plowed and cleaned. This should be done at
least one month before planting so that the ground will
be well settled at planting time.
If the trees must be purchased they should be secured
in good season and should be in good condition. Well
grown one year old trees are usually best. Trees should
be kept moist and well shaded from the time of digging
until they are planted. The roots and tope should be
iprunedl'h'%o i s !to leave them well balabc'e'. 'If a ilIg tiap
root is present it should be shortened to, about 18 inches,
depending upon the age of the trees. ...All long ,roots
-li iild be' ,ell dut back.-- Trheo root- system "hbuld be
compact. The. actuial setting of the trees is an easy ope-
ration if *)roperly, perfornimd.:-' Do not' crowd the trees.
The trees should be set in straight rows. The system of
planting should first be decided upon and then the field
should be laid out .. A stake ,shpnJ.l be set. where each
tree is to stand:
Setting the Tree: It is a difficult matter to get the
tree planted in just the proper place. Much confusion
and trouble can pe avoided by using the following simple
mechanical device: 'Take a bpard'tabout six feet long,
six inches wide and one inch thick. At the middle of
the board on one side cut a notch three inches deep and
two iliches wide. Four inches from each end, h6re aihol;.
Into each hole drive a sharp wooden peg so that the
points of these pegs will project about four inches on one
sid'of the board. Take the board to where the tree is to
b)Oset. Place it so that the tiree stake' will 'fit in the
notch iin the side of the board, at the same time driving
both pegs well into the ground, so that when the board is
Removed the two holes will be plainly visible. Then re-
move the board, dig the tree hole, being careful not to
cover up the holes made by the pegs. Place the board
over the tree hole, the pegs being placed into the original
holes. The tree is then set ii the exact position origin-
ally occupied by the tree stake by holding the; trunk in
the notch while the earth is being filled in.
The sizl' of the hole varies with the'development of
thee root system; the size of the root system generally de-
pends upon the age of the tree.- The hole should'be deep
enough so that when their tree has been planted,'it: will
stand at the same depth as it dlid in the nursery rdo~. It'
should be wide enough so that all the roots can be spread
Mix a pound of well balanced fertilizer with the soil
that is to be placed about the roots. .The roots should
be dipped in water before setting. In filling up the hole
the best surface soil should be put in first so that, the
roots may take advantage of it. The soil should be well
tramped about the roots.
After setting, the ground about the trees should be
given a thorough watering. A fine surface mulch should
be made immediately after planting by cultivating
thoroughly with a fine tooth cultivator or harrow, or by.
simply raking it.
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