Pinus strobus 'Pendula'

dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)September 5, 2011

And you wonder why some don't make it.

This one was 12 years old and had the worst root issues I have ever seen in a conifer when given me. I didn't bother with it as I would have destroyed to much root material in the process of untangling this mess. A give me so no returns but I hated to loose it.

When it began to suffer I knew what was killing it. It was to established for the heat and drought to be killing it. Just as I suspected severe root girdling..it just choked itself to death.

Dave

The old J hook

Bottom of root mass.

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crypper(z8 WA)

Yikes!

that was one abused child. The propagator should be brought up on charges of neglect.

Grind the remains into a fine mulch. That'll bestow a bit of honor on its former potential.

~Dave

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 8:54PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

That sure sucks that it has too go on a note like that.

I just planted a non-returnable pine and the dang thing is a girdled mess as well. However it had a huge mass of roots.

What % of roots do you think you left behind?

That is a pretty small wad of roots for a 12 year old.

Sometimes you just can't win. Every plant pot bound plant I bare rooted to flare out has croaked. On the other hand if you just tease the otter roots and throw it in the hole you might not get much out of it either.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 8:57PM
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deltaohio

Here are a few pictures of some seedlings that I started in rootmaker air pruned flats and then moved into one gallon copper treated containers.

Frank

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 10:58PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Actually, the last little trees have a lot of dead roots. The way C. Whitcomb puts it is the time to pot on is when the roots are approaching the walls of the container. Somehow, despite the technology employed you still ended up with typical-looking half dead root systems and matted, circling roots.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 11:08PM
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sluice

Dave,
Sorry to see that. I'm sure you are already planning a nice replacement.

Frank,
Your seedlings look excellent.

C. Whitcomb appears to recommend waiting for the tap and secondary roots to reach the sides of the container, and transplanting when the root ball can be easily removed from the container.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 2:07AM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Dave,
"Sorry to see that. I'm sure you are already planning a nice replacement".

Yes sluice, I planted it today.

Dave

Picea orientalis 'Green Knight'

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 6:58PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I'd consider that an upgrade. Did you find that locally? Quite a nice large specimen.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 8:55PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Yes, I purchased it at the nursery I do business with. A Well's Nursery introduction in 1975.

I also picked a 5 ft. staked Picea pungens 'The Blues'. I might do a side by side comparison of 'Slenderiana' and 'The Blues as some say they are the same cultivar if the interest is there.

Dave

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 9:21PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Striking orientalis Dave. Never heard of it.

Dax

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 8:37AM
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