100 tree kit, reuse bags and trays.
|Is 100 too many? Would you rather get the 16 tree forest-in-a-box?|
In order for this project to succeed you must have a window or space with southern exposure. You also need to have the space to put the 6 trays which are 9"X9" each and you should be able to water them about twice a week.
Choose from the cuttings page. Keep in mind cuttings are prepackaged in bags of 5, 16 and 100 cuttings. Cuttings are available only from December to June.
The trays are shipped flat. along with push-lock screws and posts (matched pairs). To assemble the trays just fold the large flap up, fold the two side flaps in and match the holes. Now insert a post in a hole, a screw in the opposite side and press them together
Do the same for the other 3 holes. You can be sure they don't come apart by further pressing them together with a pair of pliers or just tapping them on top of a table with a hammer.
Fill the bags with Pro-Mix. It is not that common but you can get a hold of a manufactorer's representative who can direct you to the store where you can buy it. The manufacturer's web site is at pthorticulture.com. From the front page click on Distributors and then click on Modify to select your State. There will be a few listings of distributors with phone numbers in your state. They should be able to direct you to a retailer who handles pro-mix in small packages.
If you are in Canada, it is much easier, just go to pthomeandgarden.com and click on Store Locator. After you enter the postal code it will show you a map with many store choices.
Do not use Miracle Gro, the fertilizer they use kills the cuttings. Place the bags in the trays, water them. You can fit 16 bags in each tray. The trays are not waterproof, but if you want them to keep some water on the bottom you can seal the corners with a drop of Household goop (Home Depot Paint Dept. Purple tube).
Insert the bottom of the cuttings in the Hormodin, tap to remove any excess, and insert them in the soil with the buds facing up, so that the tops of the cuttings barely show on top of the soil. Water again and you are done. Don't let them dry out. The sprouts will start coming thru the soil within a week.
Take your trees outside whenever the temperature is above 38 degrees. You can even leave them outdoors overnight.
Do not add any fertilizer to the trees at this time. You will kill them. You can fertilize them after they are transplanted.
Low day temperatures (40-55) tend to stop trees from growing and they need to have a few days of warmer temps to get started again. All trees can be transplanted outdoors when there is no longer danger of a hard frost.
This kit has found its way into schools, academies and universities. I guess teachers like the easiness with which the trees can be planted and handled. 90% of my Forest in the Box sales are to schools of some kind.
Compared to buying live or bareroot trees, this way you will save a lot of money and will allow you to plant trees much earlier, and if you want to continue growing more trees, just order more cuttings. You could do probably 3 batches every year.
This is what you get:
2 bags of 50 2 bud cuttings.
Specify on the white space what kind of cuttings you want and how many of each.
Grow Kit, 100 trees
and grow bags
I have sold some of these kits as early as the middle of November. Be advised, as soon as the trees start growing they will need plenty of light (12 to 14 hours a day) in order to survive. On December 21, the shortest day of the year, they will be getting only 9 hours 4 minutes of light, definitely not enough to sustain life. December 21 is the Solstice, turning point when the days start getting longer. That day is also the begining of winter.
Want to know how much it costs to ship this item? It weights 4 lbs. Take that to the USPS.COM web site, enter your zip and my zip (19343) and 4 lbs under the weight The box is 16x16x4". Now look under the Priority mail tab and you will get the postage.
I sold over 425 of these kits during 2014! Someone out there is growing a lot of trees.
For more information on plastic bags please go to the New Bags page