Seedling ordering information

Seedling requests

We have updated our seedling request process to improve efficiency in serving customers.

Seedling requests are only being taken through an online request form. No email or phone requests are accepted this year. This approach allows everyone to be in the same line for processing and improves our response time.

If you need help completing or submitting the seedling request form, please call 218-364-8010. Nursery staff can complete the online form and submit it for you. Please note all seedling requests will be processed in the order they are submitted through the online form. Nursery assistance completing the form will not advance your place in line.

Please allow 7 business days for your seedling request to be processed. Limiting calls to the Nursery allows us to process requests and payments quickly.

Thank you for choosing the Minnesota State Forest Nursery to start your future forest. Happy growing.

Program requirements

  • Seedlings available through this program may only be planted in Minnesota.
  • Seedlings cannot be redistributed, given-away, or resold according to the Minnesota state statute.
  • The minimum order is 500 seedlings. Mix and match different species in bundles of 100 to reach the minimum quantity.
    • Individual species will not be sold in bundles smaller than 100.
    • We also offer mixed packets of our popular species with 500 seedlings in each packet.

Cost-share for your tree planting project may be available. Contact a DNR Stewardship forester for more details.


You will receive an invoice from the Nursery within seven business days of submitting your request form. To secure your order, the Nursery must receive a credit card payment or a check postmarked within 10 days of the invoice date. So, be sure to monitor your email.

Delivery and pick-up options

Seedlings will be available for pick up or delivery in the spring of 2024 - likely in late April or May, once the ground has thawed! We will keep you updated via email as the season progresses.

Delivery Options:

  • Pick up your seedlings free at the Nursery in Akeley, MN.
  • Ship directly to you for $45 per 1,000 seedlings.
  • Ship to drop-point locations:
    • Detroit Lakes - 14583 County Highway 19, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
    • Little Falls - 16543 Haven Road, Little Falls, MN 56345

Attention! The shipping fee varies by location and must be paid at pickup time.

Seedlings are packaged in a cardboard box with a plastic liner. The box is approximately 10" x 18" x 30". Be sure you have a cool, shady place to store your seedlings until they are planted.

Changing or canceling orders

Contact the Nursery if you need to change or cancel your order. Orders for 2024 spring plantings canceled after February 23, 2024, will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

The last day to order seedlings is Friday, March 29, 2024.

Contact the nursery

Phone: 218-364-8010
Hours: 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Email: [email protected]

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