Sweating Trees

In order to overcome bud dormancy, a technique called “sweating” is used to initiate bud break.  Some bare root trees must be “sweated” before planting in order to break dormancy. This process creates a greenhouse-like atmosphere that will speed up the bud breaking process. To sweat plants: lay down a sheet of plastic in a warm, protected, shaded place (such as a garage or outbuilding), cover the plastic with wet straw, lay plants on the straw and cover them with another layer of wet straw, then cover plants and straw with a sheet of plastic. Keep the plants moist and warm (temperature of 45 to 70 degrees F) until the buds begin to swell. The plants can be installed once the sweating process is complete and the weather outside is warm and humid (mid-to late May).

 
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Sweating Trees 
 
 
 
 
 
Contact Information
Day County Conservation District
Office:
600 E Hwy 12 Suite 1
Webster, SD 57274
 
Tree shed address:
43423 143rd Street
Webster, SD 57274