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GLT's Grow: Shaky Future For Quaking Aspen?

Apr 1, 2016

Aspen trees look glorious in autumn, but listener Curtis is worried his won't last through spring.
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When a tree doesn't thrive in one spot, we can try transplanting it to another.  Sounds simple, right?  Well, it isn't, as host Patrick Murphy explains on this edition of GLT's Grow.

*Curtis from Missouri transplanted a small quaking aspen tree this past fall.  Now that it's spring, it doesn't appear to be leafing out.   Curtis is concerned the transplanting may have killed his tree.

*Murph says transplanting that particular tree is a challenge, but is not an impossibility.  The aspen grows  in colonies, spreading below ground by virtue of a network of roots.  They're not normally planted alone.  They're actually anti-social -- they don't like competition from other trees.

*Take your thumbnail or use a pruning knife to do a careful scratch on bark .  If there's green, then there's some life there.

*The aspen is a fast-growing, short-lived tree.  Their range is vast and the aspen can be found all over the United States.

*Murph thinks Curtis might have more luck if he plants more aspen trees along with his current one.

*Murph thinks Curtis' tree will make it, but if it doesn't, he should try again with the aspen.  It's not an expensive tree, BTW.