Protect the roots from wind and sun by covering them with moist soil or peat moss to prevent drying. If possible, plant the trees on a cool, cloudy day or in the early morning or evening rather than on hot, windy days.
Spring planting on a cold, below -freezing day will not decrease the seedling survival, unless the roots dry out.
It is important to always plant seedlings in a cultivated, weed-free site.
Care of Poplar and Willow cuttings
Soak the cuttings by submerging them in water for up to three days prior to planting.
Plant the cuttings by inserting them to their full depth in the soil, with the buds pointing up.
Do not plant cuttings into trifluralin-treated soil.
The cuttings can be rooted in a garden area for one season, and then transplanted to their permanent location the following fall or spring. Cuttings should be watered regularly in their first season.