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It's Winter - Can I Still Plant a Living Urn?

It's Winter - Can I Still Plant a Living Urn?

Winter is over half way over with Spring waiting on the horizon. During this beautiful season, many families ask us if it's still a time when they can plant a Living Urn to honor a loved one?  And, if not, what are some other options? Below we provide answers to these questions and more!

Can I still plant in Winter? | When is it too late to plant? | If I plant a new tree in Winter, does it need special care? | What if the ground is frozen where I’m at?

tree planting in winter

It's Winter - can I still plant a tree?

This depends where you plan to plant.  As a general rule of thumb, if the ground is not frozen where you live (or where you plan to plant), it can still be done. In addition, in warmer states like California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee, planting throughout the Winter months can be done.

When is it too late to plant?

As a general rule, as long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant a tree.  Basically, it is best to plant your tree no later than a few weeks before the ground freezes or before the most extreme cold weather of the season arrives so it has a chance to “root in”.

While these guidelines are useful for most states, as mentioned above, warmer states like California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Tennessee, allow trees to be planted later into the season and with more flexibility. In these locations, even January and February can be considered planting seasons.

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If I plant a new tree in Winter, does it need special care?

Trees are tough and resilient and have adapted and evolved to deal with the elements. With that said, a newly planted tree still needs a little help from you to get going before it becomes self-sufficient. When you plant in the Winter, be sure to water your tree weekly (taking into account rainfall or snow), even after the leaves have fallen off. Continue watering until the ground freezes. Remember, even if your tree has dropped its leaves, it is still working hard on its roots and watering it properly provides the critical moisture and oxygen they need to expand.

Also, follow the instructions provided with your Living Urn to mulch properly. Mulching keeps the soil around the roots of your young tree moist, which is very important. It also insulates the soil from rapid increases and decreases in temperature, just like a forest floor in nature. In addition, mulch helps keep weeds from growing that will try and compete with you tree for moisture and nutrients. 

What if the ground is frozen where I’m at?

winter tree planting urn

If you live in the Northern part of the United States, the ground will more than likely be frozen during the Winter months. If the ground is already frozen where you live, it is recommended that you wait until Spring to plant.

If you want to use a bio urn to plant a memory tree of a family member or friend and the ground is already frozen where you live, you still have multiple options. This includes choosing one of the following:

The Living Urn with a Tree (and select a tree shipment date in the future): You’re able to receive The Living Urn bio urn and planting system right away and the tree you select will be shipped directly to your doorstep and ready to plant on a date of your choosing. This can be simply noted at checkout on our website, or you can give our Denver-based customer service team a call at (800) 495-7022, ext. 0.

The Living Urn with a Tree Voucher: You are shipped The Living Urn bio urn and planting system right away that comes with a voucher for a tree, giving you the ability to select the tree you prefer and ship date of that tree for a future time. This option gives you flexibility if the tree type and ship date are both unknown at time of purchase.

The Living Urn System Only: You receive The Living Urn bio urn and planting system right away. With this option, you simply visit your local nursery when the time comes to plant and pick out a tree or shrub and follow the instructions that come with The Living Urn to plant and grow a living memory!

The Living Urn Indoors / Patio: You receive a dignified urn made from high quality porcelain (in either white, blue, or beige) that holds your loved one’s cremated ashes encased inside of the urn. Then, plant a bonsai tree or plant on top of the urn to honor your loved one in the home or on a patio! Additionally, this unique urn has a vase option that gives you the ability to place cut flowers in the center of the urn providing an array of color to your home!

The Living Urn Planter: You receive a beautiful handcrafted wooden indoor planter urn made from premium rescued California Sycamore and FSC Certified Black Walnut woods. This unique urn comes with an inner chamber in the bottom half that holds the cremated ashes, connected to the top half with rare earth magnets that are embedded in the urn. The top half of the urn can hold a succulent or other small plant of your choice, making for a beautiful decorative piece. This new urn is an enduring and dignified way to honor a loved one in the home!

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