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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.

How to Plant and Care for Tree Seedlings


Seedling Catalog

Click here for a pdf of the Spring 2019 catalog. Please download a copy of the catalog as there are a limited number of hard copy catalogs available due to high demand for them. See link to order form below.

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:  Balsam Fir 8-12", Balsam Fir 3-2 Transplants, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir 3 year 8-12" Tall,  Red Spruce 2 year, Elderberry, American Larch.

     Songbird/Wildlife Packages will have substitutions for nannyberry and juneberry,  as the packages containing those species have sold out

***Please note that there are Balsam Fir 3 year 4-7" and Fraser Fir 3 year 4-7" available.***

LOW INVENTORY:  White Pine 2 year, Red Oak 2 year, European Highbush Cranberry, Winterberry Holly and American Plum.