Re: Early germination, what to do?
> Interesting that they are hardy here. Is this test area in a sheltered area?
Nope. Pretty much an open field by some corn.
> Or some microclimate environment? Have you gone over there to see if there
> are seedlings around the original plantings currently? Any chance you could
> talk to someone from there and inquire if the seedlings do appear yearly now
> and do make it the following spring...
No seedlings come up around there, although they mow regularly and there's
not much bare soil. The guy who trials these is a good friend of mine and
he's been watching these grow since they were planted.
> Since it appears that most info on this is wrong- from germination to
> hardiness- I would keep a detailed journal of your experiences for future
> Why not put some outside, just plunged, some in a protected environment
> outdoors (cold frame if you will), and some in the garage and house. Would
> be interesting to see the results. Personally, think they will make it right
> now outside or they will have to be indoors for the winter. Doubt they can
> start growing and get enough hardiness to them to put outdoors for the
> winter once the frigid weather begins....the root system will not be
> developed enough to take it here in zone 5. But I have been wrong before!
Well, right now I want to get enough growing well enough that I can
redistribute the plants. If these survive and are growing well I'll
spend more time experimenting. It's also hard to move them around since
they're all in one flat. :)
> I never seen one of these trees up here, but do remember them in the smoky
> mountains...maybe...could be confused.
Are you thinking of Paulownia tomentosa instead? Those things seem to be
everywhere in the Smokies and they're having a tough time eradicating
them. The plants are marginally hardy here and are *not* flower bud
hardy, so there's really no point. :( He does have one out at his test
plots also, but it never blooms and is generally pretty unhappy.
That's one thing that I want to consider with the nursery venture -- I
don't want to sell plants that can cause problems. For example, I'm
carring a true dwarf burning bush, but only because I've confirmed that
it's nearly seedless (on the order of a handful of seeds produced over
15 years watched). I don't ever want to carry problem plants or sell
them to areas where they're a nuisance.
Chris (who's tired and rambling)
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