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  1. #1
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    Jan 2008
    northfield, CT

    Default how far apart to plant maple seedlings

    i ordered 10 sweet sap silver maples from st lawrence nursery a few days ago. they are suposed to have 3 to 5 percent sugar content and grow to tappable size in 8 to 10 years, sounds hard to believe but i will know in 10 years i guess! anyhow what would be proper spacing for planting trees so they arnt so crowded together or too far apart, i am planning to plant a few along the edge of a roadway and a few in a sidehill area that just has grass growing in it
    11x29 sugarhouse
    2x8 airtight arch homemade with waterloo flue pan, welded syrup pan and parallel flow preheater hood
    250gph cdl ro
    1100+ taps for 2014, approx 1000 of them vac

  2. #2
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    Mar 2006
    Lanark, ON


    I you don't plan on culling any of them you should plant them at 32' centres.
    4,600 Taps on vacuum - More to come when Time & Energy Permit
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  3. #3
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    Apr 2008
    NW Wisconsin


    For the roadside trees a little closer spacing would be ok as 2 sides would be totally open. 20'?
    Jeff Emerson
    3x12 Leader with over air, custom piggyback, 600gph CDL RO
    2700 on 25" vacuum, +1200 buckets (buying sap)
    350 big bear and 1950's Ford 600 wood hauler, Husqvarna!

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    Dec 2007


    well i have a sugar maple in my door yard that is 4ft wide at base, its top starts 5 ft off the ground and it has top all the way around about a 40 ft canopy, so i would plant them 40 ft away go with 50
    Dan O'Shaughnessy

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Lyman, NH


    What's a sweet sap silver maple?

    (I'm guessing it's something that grows faster than a sugar maple).

    I'm too old to wait 40 years for a sugar maple to become tappable.
    2012: Probably 750 gravity taps and 50 buckets.

    600 gal stainless milk tank.
    2 - 100 gallon stock tanks
    one 30 gal barrel
    50 buckets

    3' x 10' Waterloo Raised Flue wood fired evaporator w/ open pans.

    12" x 20" Filter Canner

    Sawmill next to sugarhouse solves my sugarwood problem

    Gather with GMC 3500 2wd Pickup w/ 425 gallon Plastic Tank.

    Been tapping here in Lyman NH since 1989 but I've been sugaring since 8 years old in 1968.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    northern n.y.

    Default Silver maple

    How much were the trees?
    3x12 cdl dallaire, downsized for 2010 put in new set up on 600 taps w/27" of vac.New 2013 600gph RO. 10 buckets for the kids.

  7. #7
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    May 2006
    Canton, NY


    check out the ST Lawrence Nurseries web site. www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/timber.html#Sweet_Sap Single trees are $22. Silvers do grow quite fast but are a soft maple and suffer a lot of damage from things like ice and wind. I have a single large silver maple at my house that we tap. It tests 3% and makes as much sap as most sugar maples, tho its season is often a bit shorter.
    New sugarhouse fall '06. 3x8 drop flue by Phaneuf. Kubota L2800. 260 buckets for 2012. 504 taps for 2013. 320 buckets, 207 on 5/16" and 200 on 3/16" gravity tubing for 2014. 2017: 280 buckets, 920 on 3/16" tubing, selling sap from 560 of that. Son Gavin is in 3rd successful year of selling maple equipment as MacK Maple Supply.

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