Tree Seedlings And Shrub Cuttings - Nursery Update - September 2023
One of the items (#16) on my annual to-do list was to keep working on 'seasonal tasks' and #24 was to 'try to get cuttings to root'. I've been after a container-based tree nursery for a few years now and have posted about it from time to time. The most recent post was this Summer. I started in 2021 with Kentucky Coffee Tree seeds and seedlings. Then, last year I tried with Limelight Hydrangeas. And this past Fall/Winter, I went a little bit further. I collected a variety of seeds (acorns mostly) and put them to bed in a damp sand container that I stashed in the fridge to simulate cold stratifying.
After the Summer, it appears that I have birthed a handful of oak tree seedlings. And, have seemingly kept the Kentucky Coffee Tree and Catalpa trees alive. I've also succesfully rooted a Limelight Hydrangea and a Boxwood evergreen shrub.
Below are a few photos showing the current situation. First..the larger, 1# containers of two-year-old trees:
While there's more work to do (more cuttings, more seeds, upgrading containers), I'm pretty happy to see these coming along.