Fall Plantings for Noble and Douglas Fir Trees

Asked January 4, 2020, 11:59 AM EST

We run a small u-cut Christmas tree farm about 25 miles west of Portland, Oregon. We were thinking of experimenting by planting our seedlings (Abies Procera and Pseudotsuga Menziesii) in the Fall instead of the spring to increase the survival rate in the first year or two. Because no nurseries will supply us with seedlings in the Fall, I would like to know if it is possible to keep the trees dormant from February to September/October in a dedicated refrigerator or freezer. If so, what would be the ideal temperature range?

Washington County Oregon

2 Responses

There are some container nursuries that will have Fall planting/pick-up options. No bareroot seedling nursuries typically dig seedling for Fall. Freezing seedlings for that time period would not work. One option may be to plant the seedlings in a transplant bed where they can be irrigated and then Fall plant into the field.

Thanks a lot for the input!