[NAFEX] Canned Seedlings
gardendiva at charter.net
Tue Nov 16 17:03:36 EST 2004
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 scribblings.
What have others seen in regards to seedlings in containers?
IL-WI Border--Zone 4b
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