Agriculture Press Release

July 7, 1998

Time to Order Seedlings For Tree-planting Season

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today that his office and private nurseries are now accepting orders for pine seedlings for the 1998-99 tree-planting season, which runs from December through February. Landowners interested in planting trees can select a variety of bareroot seedlings for reforestation this winter.

"Trees are a renewable natural resource that improve air and water quality and provide economic benefits," Crawford said. "Our state and private nurseries provide millions of high-quality seedlings each year to help private and commercial landowners keep Florida green."

More than 5 billion trees have been planted since the Department initiated the states reforestation effort in 1928. Department forestry personnel are available throughout the state to assist landowners in developing reforestation plans and managing forest lands.

Seedling order forms can be obtained by calling Andrews Nursery at (352) 493-6096, or from local Division of Forestry offices. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Department seedlings are sold in lots of 250, 500 or 1,000. Orders must be paid by check or money order and are taken on a first-come-first-served basis. It is best to place orders early, before a preferred variety is sold out.

Department seedlings will be available for delivery or pickup beginning December 1, 1998, at Andrews Nursery in Chiefland.

There is a delivery charge of $3.50 for orders of up to 1,000 seedlings, and $3.50 for each additional 1,000 for all trees not picked up by the buyer at the Chiefland nursery.

The following table indicates the type of seedlings and price for quantity ordered:

Tree Seedlings Price per 1,000 Price per 500 Price per 250
Improved slash pine 30 26 22
Improved rust-resistant slash pine 32 28 23
Improved rust-resistant slash pine
(large caliper, maximum order 100,000)
44 39 34
Improved rust-resistant loblolly pine 32 28 23
Improved rust-resistant loblolly pine
(large caliper, maximum order 50,000)
44 39 34
Improved longleaf pine (SOLD OUT) 55 50 45
Longleaf pine 50 45 40
Improved Choctawhatchee sand pine 33 28 23
Improved Ocala sand pine (maximum order 10,000) 33 28 23
Bald cypress (maximum order is 5,000) 125 75 50
Pond cypress (maximum order 5,000) 125 75 50
South Florida slash pine 40 35 30

Improved = first generation orchard or better

Delivery Charges: $3.50 per 1,000 seedlings (or)

  • $3.50 per species on orders less than 1,000
  • $2.50 per 1,000 for truckload deliveries of at least
  • 200,000 seedlings to a single customer

For More Information:

Marty Barber
(850) 414-9929

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