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Spring Lifting and Shipping

Seedlings are lifted in the spring as soon as conditions allow. Lifting requires the ground to be free of frost and ice, usually early to mid-April. The Lundeby lifter, shown at left, shakes the soil from the seedlings without damage. Seedlings are then carefully lifted by hand and placed in crates for grading.

Grading and bagging of seedlings are accomplished with the help of 10-12 seasonal employees who inspect each seedling for size and quality. Seedlings that make the grade are bundled and finally bagged in poly-lined Kraft paper bags. Bagged seedlings are stored in the cooler at 35 degrees Fahrenheit to keep them cool and moist until delivered to customers.

Lifting Grading Bagging
Lifting Grading Bagging

Seedlings are shipped in moisture resistant Kraft paper bags of up to 500 seedlings in each bag. The bags are no larger than 22 inches in diameter, 36 inches in length, and up to about 35 pounds in weight. Average seedling height is measured from the root collar to the top of the seedling.

Storage County Drop-off Kraft Bags
Storage County Drop-off Kraft Bags

The Nursery receives help and support with seedling distribution from the University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension Forester (aka Forest Resource Educators) and County Agricultural Resource Educators. A county drop-off day is pre-arranged and customers have the option of picking up their seedlings in their own county, picking them up at the Nursery, or having UPS ship their seedlings at extra cost. With county drop-off and Nursery pick-up, customers have the added benefit of having a County or Nursery staff answer questions about planting and care of seedlings.


Seedling Catalog

Click here for a pdf of the Spring 2017 catalog.

You may  email us or give us a call at 603.271.2214 to receive a catalog or be placed on the mailing list.  There is no email distribution list for the catalog.
The seedling order form is available to download by double clicking on the ordering link at the top of the page or click here.


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SOLD OUT:  Blue Spruce 4 year old,  American plum, Alternate Leaf Dogwood,  Juneberry, Ninebark, Red Oak, Red Osier Dogwood, Sugar Maple, White Pine 3 year old.
LOW INVENTORY:  Aroniaberry, Fragrant Sumac, Native Grape, Norway Spruce 2 year old, Winterberry Holly.

NOTE:  Songbird/Wildlife Package:  Winterberry Holly or Hawthorn may be substituted for Juneberry or Elderberry in the package as of April 12, 2017.

*****Small quantity of Extra Large Elderberry seedlings available for  $15 for 5 seedlings.*****

As reported last year, we have experienced two open winters which has resulted in losses, particularly the true firs used primarily in the culture of Christmas trees. We have experimented with different mulches and have found a promising fix to the problem of frost heaving. In fact, our 2year old beds have some of the best looking stock we have seen.  Unfortunately for our Christmas tree customers, it takes a minimum of 3 years to grow a field ready seedling, so one more year will be needed before our saleable numbers of firs will be at good levels again.  

Balsam, Fraser, Canaan, and Concolor fir will not be available this year in standalone sales.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our growers.