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Old 03-15-2009, 10:50 PM
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I ordered a bunch of bare root fruit and nut trees last fall and they are starting to come in now. The instructions say to let the roots soak for a few hours in water but I haven't the time to get them planted so my question is: how long can I keep the trees in a bucket of water? I got paw paws,blueberries,pecans,almonds,English walnuts and filberts. Thanks all
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Tree roots breathe air, even when under ground. You can actually drown them by keeping them in water for more than a few hours or if they are in soil that is soaking wet too long.

My advice would be to put the trees in plastic buckets, nursery pots or whatever in potting soil that is moist, not sopping wet, until you can plant them. But I would plant them ASAP.
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how'd it go? I see it is a pretty old post?

I ask, as "i" Was surfin' round trying to find out. I got a hundred pines, and now it doesn't look GOOD that I will get 'em in the ground.. I think I got 40 or so today.. in, and watered.. I then watered the rest, tried to wrap 'em up tight, in what they came in.. ( looks like peat moss, then brown paper.....)

Might haveta sit now till sun or so.... whatdoya think?
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Depends on 'how long' few weeks to a month, as long as they are not wet but moist, they should be OK, so long as they are in a cool place and do not get so much light that they enter a or try to enter a good growing phase as they will not have the nutes to do so and so they could be permenantly stunted.

How big are they at the moment and what is stoping you putting them in the final growing position?
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For my own trees I've left them soaking in water as long as overnight with no ill effects.

One thing I have done when I can't get trees into their final planting spot immediately is plant them first in a 5 gallon pot. I leave them like that till after bud break and they are producing real leaves.

I've done this because my planting spot is a drive away, not just steps from the back door. I've left seedlings in pots like this for more than a year when I finally got caught up with planting.
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If you are going to let them soak longer than a few hours add about a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water. this will ensure your roots have some oxygen
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