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Specializing in quality plug nursery stock with the Christmas tree grower in mind


May Tree Farm
78 Cottage Hill Rd
Petersburg, WV 26847
Will H. Taylor
Cell Phone 304-668-6600
Home Phone 304-257-4152



SPRING 2013 - Was our final year of production.

We are now growing only for our own use and local pick-up.








Douglas Fir




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Canaan Fir



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Blue Spruce
















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Please Note:  Prices do not include shipping.  Shipping costs will be added for your destination and weight.  We only ship in the Spring > March and April.  All plants are shipped bare root.  Minimum order is 25 plants.  Above prices are FOB May Conifer Nursery. Large orders are encouraged to be picked up at the nursery.  Orders totaling less than $200.00 must be paid in full at time ordered.  All orders are subject to inventory shortages, acts of nature, or other disasters making plant material un- saleable.  25% deposit to confirm orders.  Minimum shipping ost is $15.00.  Quantity discounts are by species only.  Plug +2 Douglas fir and Concolor fir are large plants, extra shipping charges will apply.





In 1975 May Tree Enterprises developed a nursery segment to grow our own planting stock and to supply other Christmas tree growers with high quality products for their purchase.  Our production consists of greenhouse grown plugs� which are sold as 28 week old green house plugs, ranging from 4 - 8 inches, depending on species or put into transplant beds for later sale as Plug +1 or Plug + 2s.  Production also consists of seedbed grown 2-0 stock of pine species and 3-0 stock of spruce varieties. 


Many nursery products available for Christmas tree growers are grown in more northern states of Pennsylvania, Maine and Michigan.  Therefore, they are unable to dig trees early in the spring because the soils are still frozen or snow covered.  An important factor in the survival and vigor is early planting in the spring after the ground is thawed and has good moisture.  Our plants can normally shipped by Mid-March; thus providing 2 to 4 weeks earlier planting than northern nurseries. 


Canaan, Fraser, Douglas, Turkish and Concolor fir,as well as Colorado Blue and Serbian Spruce begin in the greenhouse as "Plugs".  These are styro-blocks with individual cells filled with the proper media for accelerated growth.  Our present plug production is about 75,000 per year.  In late February these cells are seeded and grown until September, where they will be set into transplant beds for one or two more growing seasons.





   The following are extra steps we take at our nursery to make our product better than our competitors:rs:  


  • Seed selected is chosen for uniformity of high grade Christmas tree species.   Most seed is from seed orchards, but if not seed is grown from the best seed source available.

  • All fir plugs are inoculated with mychorizae.   These are symbiotic fungi, which assist the  root system in developing a good strong plant by increasing nutrient and water uptake.  Mychorizae improves soil structure, porosity, and plant ecosystem. It also increases plant growth and establishment while reducing transplanting stress, fertilizer use, and plant loss.   The fungus grows with the roots for the life of the plant.

  • Nursery beds are fumigated to kill destructive soil-borne pathogens, nematodes, and weed seeds.  Soil nutrient levels are amended by adding lime and fertilizer as indicated on soil analysis.

  • Supplementing transplant bed soils with leaf compost for added organic matter assists in root growth and development.

  • Wrenching controls top height on Douglas fir to produce a better top/root ratio on P+2 transplants. This disturbs the soil around the roots, forcing the tree into root growth not top growth.

  • All P+1 and P+2 Concolor are undercut.  This removes the tap root, creating a more fiberous root system, conducive to planting larger transplants. 



P+2 Swift Silver Concolor Fir






Assuming that soils, site, and species selections are made properly; the single most important management decisions will relate to reducing the "rotation cycle" (the time from planting to harvesting).  Our goal as growers is to grow quality Christmas trees in the shortest possible amount of time. This first decision should be to plant large transplants.  They often take longer to plant, but the rotation time will be reduced to 6 to 8 years.  Plug transplants of firs will accomplish that for you. 


You may want to consider growing your own transplants.  Contract growing of plugs is available for planting in your developed beds; therefore following an additional 2 years in the transplant bed, you will have transplants which are ready when you lift them and will be less expensive than purchasing from  nursery.







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