END OF YEAR 1 UPDATE:
So at the end of the 1st year it’s time to post an update.
I started with 72 cuttings and 150+ seedlings that I didn’t cut. From the 72 cuttings about 65 survived and from that 65 I will select the 20 best to continue in year 2.
From the other uncut seedlings I’ll probably keep 10 or so to grow further for other projects. The rest is for anyone who will have them…
Picture 1, The batch of 2018 seedlings. The cuttings are in the square pots in the back.
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Picture 2 & 3, one of seedling cuttings that grew out very dense. Notice the big but and 2 little buds waiting to explode once spring arrives. This one is a keeper.
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Picture 4, a seedling cutting that produced a branch close to the base already. Another keeper.
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Picture 5, the trays with uncut seedlings. 10 are keepers, the rest, well… no idea.
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Next update, next year!
I noticed that spraying my squamata juniper with insectside turned the foliage to bright green instead of the regular blueish colorI just checked: frozen solid. Now they're green. When they're defrosted they turn back to their flaming yellow/orange/purple.
Anthiocyans cause the purple: an antioxidant.
Xanthophylls cause the yellow/orange: nearly the same function, preventing oxidative stress.
I'm not sure if they can handle these frosts very well, but they don't look worse than other hardy pines (longeava, banksiana, jrp). Except for scots pine, scots don't care.
Nope not oil based i think naptha(it was a bayer product)@defra your insecticide is oil based then? Or it contains a solvent like naphta. It tends to mix with the waxes on needled junipers. I noticed it too! With both neem oil and other oil based insecticides.
My mugo's are frozen solid for the 4th time this month. But it's +/-10°C here too on most days.
Maybe, but they are really small compared to others.Your trees look a lot more uniform than mine!
Tip blight? Notice how even the needle tips of this year’s shoot are browning on the ones with dead previous year needles. Separate them from the healthy ones and follow the recommendations here:4 with brown 1-year-old needles but the new shoots look green
Nice Fonz, what kind off fertilizer are you using?