Hello! I moved to Alaska last fall and this summer have intended to start a garden. But along with the garden I've also decided I would really love to plant some trees. I did some research and I'm starting from seed Quaking Aspen, Colorado Blue Spruce, and Sugar Maple. I live in zone 4.
I'm starting them indoors. I scarified all of them, and have begun stratification on the sugar maple. But I had a few questions for those of you with experience planting trees in Alaska.
With such short summers and such harsh winters, when is the ideal time to plant trees? I was thinking of raising them indoors for a year and then planting them next spring- would that be ideal?
How do you keep multiple trees inside and still suffice each with enough light to thrive?
At what point do you know the tree can be planted outside and it will make it through the winter? Does it reach a certain hieght or density that it can be burried in snow and still live?
I would also appreciate any other tips. I live in the more "swampy" part of the bush, but I live on a hill to where it's fairly well drained yet still moist. From what I've read all three of these trees can thrive in a zone 4- and in wet soil. But I would like any extra tips that could help them get past the first few years a little easier.
Thanks in advance for any help!