The Florida Forest Service (FFS) is selling bare root pine seedlings for the December 2018 through February 2019 planting season. Prices range from 4½¢ to 20¢ per seedling for orders by the thousand. Small orders of 250 are available for a higher price per seedling. 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. Seedling survival rates are typically highest on December plantings because of better soil moisture.
Ordering information can be found at https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Landowners/Programs/Tree-Seedlings-For-Sale
The FFS rents mechanical tree planters that you pull with your tractor for $15 a day and has dibble bars 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.