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GLT's Grow: Shaky Future For Quaking Aspen?

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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.

Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.