These live stakes have been hand selected specifically for our customers of Texas. These stakes will be sure to thrive well with the proper care and planting. The stakes in this category are dormant and live. They are stored in an area that is shaded, cool and moist to ensure our customers get a great stake. It is important when planting these stakes before they dry out in the late fall to early spring time frame. To increase the life and help it grow better it is advised to soak them before planting. Often times, these stakes are planted near streams for stream restoration.