NH State Forest Nursery

Spring Shipping

Spring Lifting and Shipping

Seedlings are lifted in the spring as soon as conditions allow. Lifting requires the ground to be free of frost and ice, usually early to mid-April. The Lundeby lifter, shown at left, shakes the soil from the seedlings without damage. Seedlings are then carefully lifted by hand and placed in crates for grading.

Grading and bagging of seedlings are accomplished with the help of 10-12 seasonal employees who inspect each seedling for size and quality. Seedlings that make the grade are bundled and finally bagged in poly-lined Kraft paper bags. Bagged seedlings are stored in the cooler at 35 degrees Fahrenheit to keep them cool and moist until delivered to customers.

lifting nursery plants from beds
nursery workers grading plants
nursery workers bagging plants

Seedlings are shipped in moisture resistant Kraft paper bags of up to 500 seedlings in each bag. The bags are no larger than 22 inches in diameter, 36 inches in length, and up to about 35 pounds in weight. Average seedling height is measured from the root collar to the top of the seedling.

nursery plants


truck delivers plants to county locations

County Drop-off

plants in kraft bags

Kraft Bags

The Nursery receives help and support with seedling distribution from theĀ University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension Forester (aka Forest Resource Educators) and County Agricultural Resource Educators. A county drop-off day is pre-arranged and customers have the option of picking up their seedlings in their own county, picking them up at the Nursery, or having UPS ship their seedlings at extra cost. With county drop-off and Nursery pick-up, customers have the added benefit of having a County or Nursery staff answer questions about planting and care of seedlings.

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NH State Forest Nursery | Division of Forests and Lands
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 796-2323  |  fax: (603) 271-6488