Tree Protector Tubes - 24"


Our Tree Protector Tubes are 100% recycled polyethylene flat sleets that can be formed into a slit tube and used to protect your trees from damage and animals. They are formed into a tube using the included releasable zip ties. The tube has permanent venting and a diameter of 4.15". This product is UV stabilized for 5-7 years.

The tree protector tubes can be easily moved and reused multiple times. They are available in a range of heights.

***Minimum Order Requirement is 100 Units.***

Available in 12", 18", 24", 30", 36", 48", 60", and 72" height options. View All Products >

Stakes and bird net not included.


  • Brand: TreePro
  • Size: Various
  • Material:  Polypropylene
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  • Rigid, Single-wall design with a seam down one side
  • 100% Recycled Polyethylene (milk jug plastic) Slit Tube
  • UV Stabilized for 5 to 7 years
  • Tab Flared Top to protect seedling from sharp edges
  • Tube diameter of 4.15" (allows connecting multiple protectors for larger diameter)
  • Permanent Venting- Vents start half way up to allow herbicide spray around the base
  • Releasble UV Treated Zip Ties included
  • Mesh Bird Net at no additional cost upon request for 48” and taller


  • Made of HDPE (#2 plastic)
  • 3/8" Vent and tie placement holes
  • UV Stabilized for 5-7 years
  • Includes releasable zip ties

How To Grow A Tree From Seed Successfully

Deciding to grow a tree from scratch, or seed, can be challenging but also very rewarding. Unlike your common flowers or plants, it takes more preparation and patience. There are two significant ways to grow a tree from seed. The natural way includes sowing the seeds during the fall or through forced germination that takes place indoors.

Germinating Tree Seeds Naturally

Trees have been growing, practically, since the beginning of time without the assistance of people. The seeds sprout and the trees grow.

Planting tree

Men Planting Tree

Germinating Seeds Naturally

To germinate seeds naturally, you have to let nature step in. When seeds are sown in the fall, without any treatments, they will begin to germinate during the following spring. Just make sure to sow the seeds at the required depth. If you plant the seeds too deep, it could delay the germination process in the spring. With some varieties of seeds you might see germination taking place over two or three years with some seeds germinating during the first spring while others will take longer to break dormancy and germinate. It's important to know that many species of seeds started off in cooler climates where seeds fall to the ground and are covered with leaves in the fall.

During the winter months, the seeds are resting in cool moisture then as spring's warmer weather arrives, the seeds will start to germinate. With some seeds the embryo inside the seed is not mature and unable to germinate until it does mature. A delay in germination can be critical to the tree's survival. In a natural environment, if the seed immediately germinate after falling to the ground in late summer or fall, the seedlings will probably die over the winter.

You Can Grow A Tree From A Seed Successfully

Growing a tree from scratch or a seed can be the most rewarding thing you will ever do. It will take a good deal of preparation and patience to achieve the results but you can get there. In most cases, there are two ways to grow a tree from a seed. The natural way will include sowing the seed during the fall or through what is known as forced or assisted germination which is usually done indoors.

Germinating Tree Seeds Naturally

Even though nature has been germinating seeds for a very long time, you might look into forced or assisted germination for greater results. Some techniques will copy nature so tree seeds can germinate.

The following steps are found on most seed packets. Most seeds require several treatments to activate the germination process:

• Scarification
• Cold Stratification
• Warm Stratification

Keep in mind, not all seeds need these treatments, and some seeds do not need any at all. For seeds that do require treatment, here are the definitions:


Scarification is reducing or breaking the seed coat for moisture to get into the coat allowing the embryo to start the germination process. This process is usually required for seeds with hard shells but many other seeds that do not need scarification at all. For seeds that do require scarification, simply soak the seeds in water.

Seed shells can be broken down in various ways:

• Soaking in water
• Mechanical or physical treatments to break the shells
• Treat with a chemical acid wash.

Woman Holding Fir Trees

Holding Trees in Pots

Soaking In Water:

Place the seeds in a glass container, pour water over the seeds and let them soak for the required amount of time which is normally 6 to 24 hours. Most water treatments are at room temperature but some seeds need hot water, please read the instructions carefully.

Mechanical or Physical Treatments:

Take a small file or sandpaper and rub the seed coat to reduce the density. If the coat is scratched, moisture will be able to get in and penetrate the embryo. Be very careful not to harm the embryo.

Chemical Acid Wash:

This treatment is normally used by commercial growers for certain varieties of seeds but not required for home gardeners. If you want to use this method, here are the basic guidelines but make sure to follow the instructions for a chemical acid wash before using it.

Tree Sapling Growing

Growing Tree Sapling


• Be sure to wear goggles and protective clothing
• If any of the formula spills on you, wash the area immediately

Step By Step:
• Use a large glass jar or other glass containers
• Place the seeds in the empty glass container.
• Add the sulfuric acid concentrate in a quantity that is twice that of the seeds.
• Stir the mixture.
• Regularly check the seed coating for thickness by removing a few seeds and cutting them in half using pruners. Although the seeds are from the same batch, they can vary in thickness.
• After soaking the seeds, remove the seeds and acid using a screening instrument and rinse with cold water for 5 to 10 minutes.
• Spread out the seeds on paper making sure they do not clump together and let them dry at room temperature.

Cold Stratification

Stratification is the next phase for copying natural over-watering by exposing the seeds to a cold moist environment. Here are the steps to make stratification work:

• Take a few handfuls of peat moss and soak it in water until it's saturated.
• After soaking, take your hands and squeeze out as much water as you can.
• Take a layer of the peat moss and place it in the bottom of a zip-lock plastic bag.
• Place the seeds on top of the layer of moss and then fill the bag with more peat moss.
• Seal the bag closed.
• Store the bag in the bottom of your refrigerator for the correct stratification time.
• Check every now and then for signs of early germination. If the seeds start to germinate, remove the seeds from the refrigerator and plant them or after the prescribed stratification time in the refrigerator, remove them and sow in the appropriate manner.

Warm Stratification

This is a similar process except it's copying seeds in summer dormancy when they are in warm damp soil or mud. Follow the same steps in cold stratification with the exception of placing the zip-lock bag in a warm location that is just a little above room temperature. An accurate range in temperature should be around 72 to 86 degrees. You could place the bag on top of the refrigerator to get the temperature you need. Once in awhile, check the seeds for early germination. If the seeds start to germinate, plant as usual.

Young Potted Fir Trees

Potted Fir Trees

Plant The Seeds

The seeds can be sown in seed trays or individual containers. Just make sure the seeds are planted at the recommended soil depth. Most tree seeds are planted at a shallower depth than other annuals. This will depend on the size of the seeds Follow the directions on the seed packet for the right depth. The seeds should be sown in a well drained medium such as a mixture of peat moss and vermiculite.

When sowing the seeds, fill the seed tray or container to ½ inch to form the top with moist medium or soil then level the medium by gently shaking or taping the container. For larger seeds over 1/3 an inch in height, press the seeds into the soil or medium. For smaller seeds, sprinkle them on the surface of the medium. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of sand to a depth that is approximately the thickness of the seed. After planting, gently water them and keep them moist but not wet.

Watering Tree Sapling

Tree Sapling Watering

Keeping the moisture high and somewhat humid is critical to germinating the seeds. You can increase the humidity by enclosing the seeds tray in a plastic tent. Just make sure to poke holes in the plastic cover for adequate air circulation. Keep the trays in a warm, dimly lit location. Germination can take as little as a few days or several months depending on the species of seed and the condition of the environment. Once the seeds germinate, move them to a brighter place. You might have to nurse them inside for a few months before planting them outside. A final note, make sue the young plants get plenty of sunlight as possible.

In A Nutshell

If you take your time, follow all the needed guidelines and instructions, you can take a seed and turn it into a magnificent Whether your tree is a Pine or a Mighty Oak Tree, your work will not be done in vain. Going from a mere seed to a tree poking out of the soil is miraculous and you will be very proud of your work.