Please look at my babies
I'm so excited. I did not know how easy it would be to grow on seeds of conifers. I collected Pinus mugo and Pinus ponderosa cones in late fall. Placed them in paper bags and put them in a warm place. The cones opened and dispersed the seeds in the bag. I then collected them and planted them all up in a flat. It looks like I will eventually have thousands of seedlings. My intent will be to grow these on as understock and eventually graft some exciting cultivars on to them.
Here are some photos of these ADORABLE little seedlings:
Are they not adorable. I need to determine when I'm going to transplant them. Any suggestions?
Dax...this is for you. Check it out! This flicker woodpecker has been working so hard making a nest in a huge swing I constructed. I was torn between seeing her/him raise young and chasing them off so that they do not ruin my 22' tall swing. I opted to watch them raise their young. Here are a couple photos for you:
AND...the terror of my gardens:
I took these photographs this morning while I was planting some adenium seeds in my greenhouse. These birds were outside on my swing.
How long do you guys think it will take for my ponderosa seedlings to be grown up enough to use as grafting material?
I will collect some abies and colorado spruce cones this next fall. I love this. I may have my entire 20 acres in conifers soon if this excitement continues. LOL