Trees for Schools FAQ


Happy Earth Day! We hope you enjoy watching your seedlings grow!

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Trees for Schools Planting FAQ

What type of seedling did I receive?

For our Trees for Schools Program, we have distributed White Cedar, White Pine and White Spruce. If your order was for wildflower seeds, each packet will contain a mixture of native Ontario seeds that love sun. Please refer to your packet of seeds for care instructions or the take the following steps: For medium to dry soils in full sun. Sow into prepared bed in early spring. Covers up to 10m2.


Trees for Schools

Learn about your seedlings: Facts about White Pine TreesWhite Spruce TreesWhite Cedar Trees and Balsam Fir Trees.

How do I plant the seedling in the earth?

With a small bladed shovel, dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root plug. Place root plug into hole with top of plug even with the top of the soil. Lightly place soil around plug and lightly tap with foot. Water if soil is dry.  

How do I plant the seedling in a pot?

Potted planting requires a 1 gal./3.7L pot with drainage holes. Once the seedling has been planted in pot with soil, water thoroughly. Continue to water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Place in a protected area outside.

What if I can’t plant it right away?

If not able to plant right away, keep as cool as possible. Can be refrigerated, but do not freeze. Plant within 1 week of receiving the seedling.

What is the ideal place to plant a seedling?

It’s a good idea to check with the school board before planting trees on school property. Seedlings are delicate at first.
A protected area is ideal. Potted seedlings should be placed in a protected area outdoors. Whether the tree is planted in the earth or a pot, after they have grown larger, they can be transplanted to their ideal location.

How much water does a seedling need?

If the soil is dry the day you plant it, water thoroughly. If planting in a pot, be sure to check it regularly and when dry to the touch, water thoroughly.

What type of wildflowers did I receive?

The wildflower mixture includes many native Ontario species: Baby’s Breath, Bachelor Buttons, Black Eyed Susan, Cosmos, Calendula, Catchfly, Chrysanthemum, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Scarlet Flax, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Evening Scented Primrose, Prairie Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Russell Lupines, Soapwort, Shasta Daisy, Flanders Poppy, Wallflower and Sweet Alyssum Carpet of Snow. All of these plants will attract bees, insects, and birds, creating excellent habitat and food for these important species.

Why are wildflowers beneficial?

Wildflowers create shelter, breeding grounds, and food for pollinators, insects, and birds. These creatures then assist the flowers by transporting pollen. This allows the flowers to develop seeds, and in turn produce more flowers. Even in the winter, wildflowers still provide food and shelter, so make sure to leave your garden as is in the winter, no need for cleaning up!

How do I plant the seeds?

One packet has enough seeds for an area approximately 3-5 m2. Remove any weeds or grass in the area. Loosen the soil to 2.5 cm (1”) depth with a rake. Spread the seeds over the cleared, raked area. Rake lightly over the area again while leaving the soil loose to help the seeds germinate. Water the area. It should take approximately 2-3 weeks for sprouting to occur. You can continue to water throughout this period if the soil is dry.

What is the best location to plant the seeds?

A location that gets a lot of sun throughout the day is ideal for wildflowers. Make sure to choose a sunny area that receives 6 or more hours of sunlight per day.

Seedling Aftercare FAQ - You have planted your seedling, what happens next?

What types of activities can I do with my classroom or school to share the importance of trees in our ecosystem?

  • Visit Pinterest for ideas on celebrating Earth Day.
  • Plant seedlings together, and involve as many students as possible.
  • Watch your seedling grow, track growth over time and feel free to give your tree a name!

Can you recommend other videos about trees and the environment that I could watch with my students? 

  • NOTE: Please preview all of our resources to ensure they are appropriate for your grade level.

I held an Earth Day celebration at my school and I want to share photos with Copernicus.  How do I send them in?

We would love to see your photos. Please ensure all students in the photos have permission to have their photos taken and send to These may be used on our website, social media and printed materials. Alternatively, please share on your social networks and tag @copernicused on TwitterFacebook and Instagram with the hashtag #TreesForSchools!

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