Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) officials report that demand for loblolly pine seedlings is very high this season, and the agency anticipates selling out early. Customers interested in purchasing specialty seedlings should visit buyvirginiatrees.com and set up an account prior to the store’s opening at 10 a.m. Oct. 14.
The top loblolly pine varieties offered this season include Control Pollinated (CP) seedlings, limited to 25,000 per customer and priced at $135 per 1,000; Virginia’s Best ($105 per 1,000) and Elite ($85 per 1,000 ) seedlings will be limited to 50,000 per customer. These prices include pesticide treatment for Pales weevils.
All of VDOF’s loblolly pine seedlings provide growth gains over unimproved seedlings. The top three loblolly pine varieties are best suited for landowners who utilize silvicultural treatments, such as site preparation and woody vegetation control, on their pine stands as part of their sawtimber rotation. The actual growth gains of each loblolly family depend on the planting site, soil type and these expected treatments.
Due to limited nursery staff, customers are not advised to call the nursery to place these orders. All customers must pay by credit card for online or call-in orders unless they have established a line of credit with the nursery. Any customer wishing to establish a line of credit should contact the nursery.
Customers can call the Garland Gray Forestry Center at 804-834-2855. To reach the Augusta Forestry Center, call 540-363-7000 or 540-363-5732.