I live in Pittsburgh,PA, and the Phipps Plant Conservatory is transplanting
two large trees sometime in the next week or so. I would say the trees are
at least fifty feet high. I was wondering if this was a good time to
transplant the trees. Also, is it better to transplant trees when they are
dormant, rather than when they have leaves on. Although the trees are only
being moved around fifty yards, it should be fun to watch.
Actually, no, it's a terrible time-- I'm surprised at the Phipps if they're
doing it now-- it must be some sort of emergency.
The only favorable fact is that in high summer trees and shrubs can become
somewhat torpid and sluggish, thus reducing transpiration somewhat.
Conifers, yes. This is the best time because it gives them a chance to
establish new roots before winter.
Deciduous trees are normally transplanted after they go dormant, but a large
commercial mover has, I understand, chemicals they can use to reduce
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