Table of contents:
- Autumn and sending of seedlings by mail
- Autumn is a time of missed opportunities
- Nota bene
- From autumn 2014 reviews
The quantitative ratio of parcels sent by our nursery in autumn and spring, from year to year, fluctuates between one to three - one to four. The same picture is at our stationary point, where we sell seedlings in containers. Russians are used to thinking that autumn is not the best time to plant plants. But in fact, everything is exactly the opposite.
Autumn and sending of seedlings by mail
This fully applies to postage. Gardeners are sincerely convinced that it is better to order plants by mail in the spring. But practice shows that this is far from the case. And that's why.
The readiness of woody plants for transplantation, and therefore for shipment, is determined by the end of their growth and the maturation of the wood. The stimulating factor for this process is a gradual decrease in air and soil temperature. If autumn is late, then trees are in no hurry to complete their development cycle. The last decade of August is the earliest date for the onset of readiness of tree crops for shipment. And then only a small part of them. Thus, it is highly undesirable to send trees and shrubs before September 1 (of course, we are talking about a very specific "sender's address", in this case it is the middle lane in the vicinity of Moscow, including Vladimir).
The ripening process of woody plants goes through several stages-degrees. Some, as indicated, are approaching a state of sufficient maturity already at the end of August. But the main part remains in the "preparatory group" until the first decade of September. And only at the end of September all trees and shrubs come to a state of full maturity. That is, they have stopped growing, are lignified and ready for transplant with open roots. It was from the end of September that trees and shrubs began to be planted in the "pre-container" period of gardening.
So, since sending out seedlings with unripe wood is a risky business, it means that the earliest time to start sending out trees and shrubs is the first days of September. But in the northern regions of horticulture at this time, night frosts are already frequent. For example, in the Komi Republic, the first soil frosts occur at the very beginning of September. And here and there at the end of August! And this is fraught with a certain risk. So with the "north" (and this: Arkhangelsk, Murmansk regions; Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug; south of Kamchatka and Sakhalin; north of Khabarovsk Territory and Amur region; Komi and Perm Territory) we must hurry. Our many years of experience clearly show that the shipment of plants to the northern regions in autumn can be successful. But subject to early expulsion. And a maximum of a week is given for everything about everything. Sending after September 10 is taboo!
Following the "north" comes the turn of temperate latitudes. By this time the seedlings had already matured enough, became more viable and transportable. They can be sent without any fear. And although the "area" of mailing is now as wide as possible, the time is not so pressing. So, without unnecessary haste and in accordance with the climatic map of Russia, we send parcels to the Rostov-Volgograd line within a month.
But rushing to deportation to the “south” (and this is not only the south of the European part of Russia, but also the Kaliningrad region) does not make any sense. And then, as if the plants did not get from winter to summer. It doesn't bode well for them. For example, we have been sending to the Caucasus since the beginning of October, and we receive only positive reviews.
Briefly about spring. Everything would be fine if she didn’t rush in as fast as it often happens. In the spring, the favorable period for shipment lasts no more than 3-4 weeks, while the parcels are three times more than in the fall. Plants must be sent dormant. So, as soon as the buds started to grow, this is a signal: Stop the shipment! Immediately! Otherwise your reputation is a skiff! And this, in the age of the Internet, is an unforgivable frivolity.
Autumn is a time of missed opportunities
It so happened for a long time that, starting from September 1, there is a sharp decline in the activity of summer residents. Gardeners for the most part have moved to the city the day before, and in the garden they appear only on short visits. It is understandable, children and grandchildren went to school, and all the attention to them. The gardens are empty, no one is weeding, replanting, watering.
But if we appeal to common sense, then it is in September that the most fertile time for many garden works comes. It becomes much cooler, the air and soil cool down and become more humid. Digging, loosening and weeding is much easier. Weeds do not grow as fast as in spring and summer, and they leave the soil much easier. And working in cool September is much more comfortable than in the heat of July.
As for planting-transplants, in the fall this can be done not just longer, but much longer than in spring. After all, pre-winter - the period from the first frost to the establishment of snow cover - lasts almost as long as summer. And all this time you can plant and replant. Contrary to popular belief, subzero temperatures are not an obstacle for this. Sometimes autumn will frighten with frost at first, and then back up, and for a good month what we call Indian summer will return. For example, November in our middle lane is often warmer than October. Seems like here's a real way to cheat the time! But no, the gardener's brain has already switched to winter mode.
Of course, it is impossible to predict in advance how the autumn will proceed. But there is an opportunity to temporarily dig in the seedlings, wait out the cold snap, and plant them in the thaw. Shrubs and trees are already in a state of deep physiological sleep. They don't care.
Spring, unlike autumn, does not allow the gardener to hesitate. The favorable planting time passes quickly. Summer heat bursts in so quickly that there is not enough time for the most urgent. And you have to do a lot. After all, cucumbers and tomatoes cannot be planted in autumn, this is not a thuja and not a spirea for you.
Autumn for gardeners is a time of missed opportunities. This applies not only to planting and transplanting, but also to other gardening work: weeding, digging and applying organic fertilizers, pruning …
- For planting and transplanting sufficiently frost-resistant plants with an open root system, autumn is more favorable than spring.
- Planting frost-resistant seedlings with a closed root system (as well as with a frozen clod) in the fall can be done not only at positive air temperatures, but also after the soil freezes. In the Moscow region it is convenient to do this in November-January. In the south - almost all winter.
- The autumn shipment of seedlings by mail has a number of advantages over the spring one. Autumn is relatively cooler than spring, so the shipped plants are less likely to come out of dormancy, much less germinate. This is eloquently indicated by the statistics of customer reviews.
- Especially shown is the autumn shipment to more southern regions and "along the parallel". This is due to the fact that plants can be sent to the south much later, when shrubs and trees are finally ripe and shed their leaves. What we are doing.
- In the past two years, there has been some improvement in the work of mail. For example, last autumn (2014), at distances of up to 600-700 km, postal parcels completely reached the addressee in 4-5 days. While not so long ago, they went to the same places for at least a week and a half.
From autumn 2014 reviews
I am very grateful for high-quality seedlings, prompt delivery and gifts. Thank you very much, you are, as always, “on top”. I wish you success and prosperity. (Valentina Anufrieva). Hello, Soon after payment I received a message about the dispatch and four days later I received the parcel. Having experience of communication with some large garden online stores, I was surprised by your efficiency. Despite the open root system, the seedlings were neatly packed in a damp ball, the roots are well developed and fibrous. The buds, however, blossomed, but did not suffer after disembarkation. Three weeks later, I can say that everything began, despite the drought and night cold. I am writing to you with gratitude and hope to contact you in the future. (A. Popov). Hello. I received the seedlings. Everything went very well, as always. I have prescribed plants from you more than once,and I will continue to use your services. Thank you very much for your professionalism. (Sonya Khasanova) Hello! I greet you! I received a package with my plants. I want to say a huge thank you and express my gratitude for the professional approach to my work, accuracy and precision in the execution of the order. Being carried away by decorative cultures, I naturally use the services of nurseries for quite a long time. Therefore, there is something to compare with. I would like to note both the quality of the planting material and the wonderful packaging! Thank! I dropped everything, despite such an early and sharp cold snap. I really want everything to take root, wake up in the spring and make me happy with the right choice of your cattery. I will wait for the new products of the spring catalog. And I hope for further cooperation. All the best! (Anna) Hello. Thank you very much for the excellent seedlings,arrived well. I especially liked your rhododendrons. Thank. I'm waiting for new varieties … (Olga Krivonosenko)
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