Golden Bough Tree Farm
Located in Marlbank in eastern Ontario, Golden Bough Tree Farm has been growing rare and native plants for over 50 years. Our seedlings are now mature trees in every province of Canada. The Golden Bough website is completely updated with details of the trees and shrubs available in 2020 Prices here are remarkably low because we sell only bare-root plants . Our trees and bushes come to you in a dormant state. When plants awake from winter, they wait a few weeks for the proper heat and light conditions to begin growth. The reverse is true in the autumn when plant metabolism slows down before freeze-up. Only during these brief weeks of dormancy can we dig, grade, pack and mail your choices. Prompt and careful planting by the customer ensures a cost-effective operation.
Golden Bough Tree Farm offers plants in three forms: Seedling, one to three years old, dug from the bed in which they grew from seed. These seedlings are graded and priced by size. The smallest are replanted in rich nursery beds and sold later as larger, stronger transplants. Seedlings are less expensive but younger and take more care. Hence, they are not guaranteed.
Transplants have been pruned and quickly replanted at regular spacings in fertile soil where concentrated nutrients create compact, fibrous root-systems which suffer little shock when dug for sale two or three years later. If trees of the same size were dug from the wild only traumatized root stubs would remain with a poor rate of survival and growth. When mulched and regularly watered, Golden Bough transplants are guaranteed. Oversized stock are transplants, which have grown too large to be mailed - 1.6 metres being the maximum length allowed by Canada Post.
Customers who can pick up their orders often benefit by receiving extra large stock for the same price as mail-order size. Stock that is left at season's end we sell for extraordinarily low prices on our clearance day. Big trailers or enormous vans are not necessary to get these trees home: pickup trucks, station wagons, car roofs, large trunks and fold-down back seats usually suffice. Bring a tarp.
Success in transplanting bare-root plants is directly proportional to the effort put into site preparation. The quicker your plants are in the ground - meaning rich, well-turned soil and not a rock pile - the better they will grow. Bare surfaces heat up and lose moisture quickly so form the soil into a bowl (for easier watering) and mulch generously with straw, lawn-cuttings or sawdust. Heavy watering twice a week is better then a daily dribbling. Basically, the first year shows little growth. Be grateful that your plants leafed out and are busy reestablishing their roots. During the second year the leaves should appear more lush and modest growth will occur. It is during the third year that plants take off. One can order trees and shrubs by email or Canada Post and they will be shipped to you or you can contact Golden Bough Tree Farm and arrange a visit.