Hi Vance, I am proud to say that my collection ratio for yews is 100% fall and spring. My collection procedures are a bit different in the fall than spring. Instead of bare rooting as I do in spring I'll leave about 30% of native soil when potting. In some cases, not all, I will prune and root cut in spring for a fall removal leaving only some tap like roots, as I did with the two large pieces pictured above. Typically I do this with large material. Not only does it help tremendously with root growth but with back budding as well. However, my wife says that is all malarkey. She says the truth is I'm to tired after digging some of these big bruisers to lift them and carry them down the mountain to the truck. Finally, here in this location the window for fall collection is quite small. Typically from mid-September through the first week maybe second week in October depending on temperatures. Of course all items collected in fall receive special care over winter to protect them. They all get a enclosure and a solution made by Roots that prevents frost and soil from freezing as long as it doesn't get down into the mid teens.What is your success ratio?
I have never had yew material, but it can be found in the woods near here, so I am looking to acquire some someday, is it similar to any other species in regards to working with (pinching, back budding, cuttings, and so on)
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