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Anti-arborist historians won’t tell you this, but the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is at least partially responsible for the Revolutionary War. Once a massively popular timber tree, the Eastern White Pine was prized by shipbuilders for its long, straight trunk used in the production of ship masts.
If you’ve missed out on spring planting this season, we have some good news for you – fall planting is here!
If you’re looking to grow a majestic conifer, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll be reviewing what makes the Grand Fir (Abies grandis) so monumental, its attributes, its pros, and its cons.
Are you looking for a different variety of conifers to help grow your business? Exotic Firs, also known as “less common or unusual firs” according to the Michigan State University Extension, might be a great place to start looking.
The Exotic Conifers blog series continues as we take a closer look at the Noble Fir, also known as Abies procera. Keeping in line with our previous installments, we will review the attributes, pros, and cons of this particular tree species.
Welcome back to our Exotic Conifers blog series. So far, we’ve covered information about Trojan Fir, Turkish Fir, and Canaan Fir. In this blog, we’ll be reviewing the attributes, pros, and cons of the more unique exotic Fir, Korean Fir, also known as Abies koreana.
Christmas tree growers are looking to more resilient evergreens that originate in faraway places to withstand Michigan’s increasingly more unpredictable and extreme weather, otherwise known as exotic Firs. These newly popular Firs promise better performance in acclimate growing conditions.
Michigan’s weather has become increasingly more unpredictable and extreme, which does not bode well for some of the ‘tried and true’ conifers that Christmas tree growers are familiar with. Now, growers are shifting their efforts towards exotic Firs, which can be less finicky alternatives.
As spring is in full effect, several growers have been noticing what’s called “winter conifer damage” on their conifers. And lately, we’ve been receiving multiple questions about this, what it looks like, and how to prevent it. In this blog, we’ll be addressing those questions and offering some advice to conifer growers on how to prevent winter damage.
When Christmas trees come to mind, growers are familiar with the “tried and true” species such as Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, and the reigning champion, Fraser Fir. However, as the weather becomes more unpredictable and extreme, growers are turning to less finicky alternatives in exotic Firs.
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Irrigation & Weed Control

Not sure which program to choose? If the amount of irrigation and weed control is a deciding factor, the chart below shows which programs require the most care to the least care.

Most Care

Least Care

Jiffy Plugs

(36mm & 50mm)

Husky

(Bare Root Transplants)

1 Year Container

(Peat Quart, Super Potted Gallon, Peat Gallon)

Jumbo Husky

(Bare Root Transplants)

2 Year Container

(Peat Quart, Super Potted Gallon, Peat Gallon)

3-4 year Container

(Super Potted 3 Gallon)

Irrigation & Weed Control

Not sure which program to choose? If the amount of irrigation and weed control is a deciding factor, the chart below shows which programs require the most care to the least care.

Most Care

Jiffy Plugs

(36mm & 50mm)

Husky

(Bare Root Transplants)

1 Year Container

(Peat Quart, Super Potted Gallon, Peat Gallon)

Jumbo Husky

(Bare Root Transplants)

2 Year Container

(Peat Quart, Super Potted Gallon, Peat Gallon)

3-4 year Container

(Super Potted 3 Gallon)

Least Care