The Florida Forest Service, FFS, has bare root cypress and pine seedlings for the December 2019 through February 2020 planting season. The Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress will sell out quickly, so reserve your cypress seedlings now. Orders as small as 250 are available. Seedlings purchased now are held in the nursery beds until you request delivery to the Brooksville tree cooler. Early purchasing ensures you have seedlings for reforestation when all the seedlings are sold. In the winter, seedling survival rates are typically highest on December plantings because of better soil moisture. Containerized seedlings are available for planting during the summer rainy season or in the winter. The FFS rents mechanical tree planters that you pull with your tractor and has dibble bars to lend out for hand planting. Tree planting contractors are also available. Contact your Sumter County Forester, Arthur Clothier, at (352) 793-2431 or Arthur.Clothier@FreshFromFlorida.com to receive a copy of the seedling brochure and advice on planting and managing your forested land.
The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com