[NAFEX] Canned Seedlings
tolenio at sentex.net
Tue Nov 16 17:18:21 EST 2004
I have had similar experience with apples. Started in 1 gallon containers
and moved them up to 20 gallon tubs before it went into the ground. Had
fruit in 3 years time.
I like having them in small containers as I can move them around, and put
them into cold garage for the winter, and avoid rabbit damage.
On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 16:03:36 -0600, Doreen Howard <gardendiva at charter.net>
> I found some old notes from the NAFEX meeting or somewhere else. I had
> "Starting seedlings in containers will create large root masses and lead
> to wider crotches, early fruiting and more."
> Del Stubbs gave me a bunch of sprouting apricot pits in 2001, and I got
> 3 of them to grow. All went into 1-gallon nursery cans in the
> beginning. Two trees died, but the third flourished. It gradually was
> moved up to bigger containers, ending in a 5-gallon can in Spring 2003.
> I finally got the acreage I needed in July that year and planted the
> tree in the ground. The root system was huge when I tapped the tree out
> of the can, and the tree put on 3 feet in height this summer. Crotches
> are wide, too. Bob Purvis tells me that the pits I got from Del are
> Montrose, an apricot from Colorado, late-flowering and hardy down to
> -31F. My limited experience with this tree seems to bear out the above
> What have others seen in regards to seedlings in containers?
> Doreen Howard
> IL-WI Border--Zone 4b
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