Wholesale Grower Specializing in Containerized and Bare Root Liners.
We have been in business for 156 years, so we know a thing or two about plants. Our reputation for growing quality evergreens is at the top of the list. If you want to find hardy birch liners, where seed sourcing is so important for your area, contact us today, we are your evergreen and birch supplier for liner material. Our evergreen, deciduous and birch liners are available from one year to five year old liners, giving you price and size options to fit every budget. We ship on your schedule when you are ready for the plants. We offer LTL (semi-truck) pallet shipping and UPS Ground options. Small minimums will make your buying easy.
Evergreen Nursery was founded in 1864 by George Pinney. The first shipments of plants consisted of evergreen seedlings he harvested from Door Counties forests and swamps. In those days, the only means of shipping from Sturgeon Bay was by boat. The product first had to travel to Chicago on Goodrich steamers and then was distributed cross country by rail. At the turn of the century, Evergreen became the "Township of Evergreen", complete with a post office. The nursery, which originated on less than an acre of land, has since expanded to 446 acres.
| || Bare Root Evergreens and Birch liners |
The photo to the right is an example of our bare root birch, and below is our 4 year bare root Norway spruce, grown 3 more years from our one year Gro-Plug®.
We start our premier bed run liners by using our 50 cell Gro-Plugs® to plant out in the field. We grow them for three years to produce our finished product. Our cool summers and cold Wisconsin winters are the perfect environment for growing strong thick tops and heavy root systems. When we harvest our finished bare root liners, we normally find heavy mycorrhizae on the roots. Our growing conditions are ideal for the establishment of mycorrhizae. This native strain is a natural occurring fungus that works with the root system to help the plants take up more water and nutrients from the soil. The roots have visible ore branching than plants grown without this beneficial fungus. More branching on the roots means a faster established plant with a rapid growth rate in your field or container production.
Our cool summers help our evergreens have less stress than others in the summer months, but our harsh winters ensure you are getting very hardy plants for your production. A double bonus.
Our evergreens are harvested bed run. You will always be guaranteed straight leaders and the wonderful Evergreen Nursery root system we are known for. Growing our evergreens in the field and harvesting fresh in spring can always leave the door open for some Mother Nature issues like winter burn. When this happens, keep in mind most of these imperfections will disappear with age.
Bare Root Birch liners & containers.
Our many years of experience growing birch from seed, micropropagation, and cuttings has made Evergreen Nursery a leader in birch propagation. We offer the newest varieties as well as the tried and true.
For the grower, our bare root birch is a great liner. Plants are lined out in our field beds and grown for one season. Cool summer temperatures and sandy soil promote sturdy tops and heavy, well-branched root systems. In late fall we dig the trees and store them over winter in our specially designed cooler that provides optimal temperature and humidity. No sweating is required when you receive our liners. They are ready to plant and grow on.
Our 38 cell birch liners are started from both hardy seed sources. Seedlings are transplanted into the 38 cell trays that have deep inward ridges and a large drainage holes for optimal root training and pruning. Liners spend the growing season outside, forming strong stems and roots. Plants are shipped in spring and can be planted into your field or containers.
| || Deciduous Shrub 18 Cell liners |
Our deciduous liners offer a "pot of potential" for you!
We start our liners from our own softwood cuttings taken here at Evergreen Nursery in the summer months. Our cool growing season and relatively low humidity is perfect for rooting and growing cuttings. We have a high percentage of sunny days that rarely reach ninety degrees. We use less mist and need less disease control to grow plants with large tops and heavy root systems. Even though our plants may be pampered, our cold northern Wisconsin winters ensure the plants are as tough as can be.
What a money maker this product could be for you. Pot these liners in fall or spring and grow for one season, and for most varieties you have a cost effective container to sell that season or the following spring. You could also plant them in your field in spring and have them ready for your landscape jobs the next season.
| || 2 Year Evergreen 18 Cell liners |
Time waits for no one.... but these liners will wait for you. See our Norway spruce 18 cell liner below, then scroll down for more information on this line of trees.
Many of our customers have asked for a reasonably priced container liner that is well branched, has a heavy root system, and has a larger window of time for planting. We start with a root-trained Gro-Plug® seedling or a rooted cutting. We pot into a 3.5" square by 5" deep pot and grow them on to a two-year-old seedling or to a two-year-old cutting grown liner.
This pot provides ample room for well-formed root development. The plants are spaced with the necessary growing room to start forming healthy branches. Our cool, sunny summers and relatively low humidity promote thick stems and heavy branches. They are grown outside during the growing season and stored in unheated polyhouses in the winter.
One factor that makes our plants exceptional is our growing environment. Our evergreen 18 cell liners are grown in an organic medium that encourages strong tops and heavy roots. Our native strains of ectomycorrhizae develop in our Gro-Plug® and 18 cell liners early. Mycorrhizae fungus forms a beneficial association with the roots to enhance water and nutrient uptake. This relationship can be seen on the short feeder roots as a white threadlike mold. The roots and mycorrhizae work together to provide a healthier and larger plant. Plants will establish easier and grow faster in your nursery because of this beneficial fungus.
The 18 cell liner is the ideal starter plant for field or container planting. As a container liner in its own pot, it does not need to be planted immediately and will wait until you are ready. We are confident you will find our evergreen quart liners a useful tool in your growing operation.
Plants are sold 18 pots per tray with a 3 tray minimum purchase.
| || Evergreen Containers #1 and #5 |
You won't find root circling roots in any of our evergeen containers. Our #1 size are grown in air pruned ARPACC pots, and our #5 are only in the pot for one full season. Thumbnail picture #1 white pine. The larger photo below, #5 norway spruce.
#1 Evergreen Containers
We start with our Gro-Plug® and pot those into an air pruned ARPACC™ containers. These containers are the best that technology has out there right now for root systems. They offer a lateral root system, which prevents any circling, gives a 360 degree aeration and protects the root structure. These plants have superior root volume, a nice thick fiberous root system.
We remove the pot before shipping and put on a cottom mesh bag that is 100% biodegradable.
#5 Evergreen Containers
We pot our premier bed run evergreens into a #5 plastic nursery container in our container mix (70% bine bark, 30% peat) in early fall of the previous year before selling. The evergreens root into the pots in fall at the ideal time for root establishment. Once the roots are partially established, they will provide the necessary energy for the plants to produce an excellent spring flush and a great root system.
The advantages of the containerized bare root evergreens are a heavy natural field root system that has been pruned for heavy branching, little noticeable set back of new growth often associated with planting bare root directly into the field, and an expanded planting time. These evergreen containers are aready to plant when you are. * No quanity discount applies
| || One Year Evergreen Seedling Gro-Plugs® |
The photo to the right is the root system on our white pine, below is our Norway Spruce. This tree is one year from seed, sold in full trays of 50 plants per tray.
Our 50 cell gro-Plug® are one-year old trees when they arrive at your business. We seed these in late February to early March and grow them for one growing season. This line is always strong with the plants having many great uses. We sell them to some of the largest grafting nurseries in the United States. There is a good chance that when you are getting in your grafted spruce and pine trees, they started from our Norway Spruce and White Pine Gro-Plugs®. These plants make great grafting stock as well as starter plants in your field or to pot up. We use these Gro-Plugs® in our bare root evergreen fields.
We have the best evergreen seedling plug available to the nursery industry. Our seedling plugs have healthy vigorous tops and root systems. Our growing trays are SureRoots 50 cell. It has American standard tray measurements of 11 1/4" wide by 21 1/2" long. Each square cell measures 3.00" deep and 2.00" wide. Each cell has ridges along the sides, running from top to bottom to prevent root circling. The bottom has a webbed opening for perfect air-pruned roots.
Normally pine and fir varieties run 2" to 5" in height and spruce 4" - 8".
We have a three (3) tray minimum, you can mix full tray varieties to come to that.