Just received trees to plant, how long can I wait?
Hello all, first post and I'm sure it won't be the last lol...
Long story short, I purchased some trees from Arbor Day around mothers day, but had no idea they wouldn't actually ship until the winter. They were supposed to ship out in October, but never did so you can imagine the surprise I had when I opened the door this morning (in the middle of cooking) to find a bag of trees outside.
Trees were shipped bare root in a bag with gel, and the directions say to plant immediately or that if you can, that you can "heel" the trees in temporarily.
My question is how long can I leave them in the bag without killing them? Ideally I would like to be able to leave them alone until Friday or Saturday so I can get my ducks in a row, buy the mulch, etc.. and get them planted properly.
Also, our weather is beyond weird this year. Was in the 70s two days ago, flurrying at 50 today. Boatloads of rain on and off all month as well. Same for the ground was frozen solid two weeks ago, now it's a little soggy from the rain. Definitely not the ideal planting time from what I can tell
Any help would be appreciated in regards to how long I can keep them bagged or what I need to do to them while bagged, as we totally didn't expect to get 10 trees on Christmas eve, and I'm not sure exactly what to do with the little buggers besides plop them in the ground (following the instructions) and hope for the best.