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Use of Root Hormones?

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From: Mel G.
Springfield, IL
In May 2012 we had five 6 ft white pines planted by a tree farm. At that time root hormone was added to the planting hole. Recently we were advised to apply more root hormone. Is this advisable? The trees seem to be growing well. We have been able to keep the transplants watered.

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Mel:

I've never used, nor have I ever recommended, "root hormone" powder for use in new tree plantings projects. I firmly believe your newly planted trees will survive just fine without the root hormone.

Simply keep these newly transplanted conifers adequately watered throughout this drought and oppressive heat wave. Consider applying a little bit of fertilizer (N-P-K) beginning the spring of 2015 as I'm a firm believer in delaying fertilization of newly planted trees.

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