K5ATG's Six Year JBP Contest

Aaron S.

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Well after several days of horrible experiences I was finally able to order my JBP seeds from Treeseeds.com. I started trying to order my seeds on Monday 25 June 2018 and was finally able to place the order on Wednesday 27 June 2018 and they arrived this morning 30 June 2018. Do not get me wrong the bad experience was not through Treeseeds.com, I ham very happy with them. The problem was with my bank. Every time I tried to order my card was denied and was reported stolen. So I had to keep calling the hot sounding chick at the bank (It was probably some 400 dude in Siberia named Iggamo) to reinstate my card. Finally she found the problem. I was not approved to purchase goods from the foreign nation of Vermont. I'm not always up to date but did we lose a state?
Anyway I know I'm a half a year behind the contest but I'm not expecting total victory here. However I am entering the contest to showcase my many many mistakes to the world. I have never had a Japanese Black Pine, but I watched a Nigel Saunders video and like a meme on Facebook so what else is there for me to learn? :D
Here is the progression of my trees since I got them a couple of hours ago.
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James W.

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But, hey, you haven't killed any of them yet!
Welcome aboard, you are not as far behind most of us as you might think.

. . . foreign nation of Vermont. I'm not always up to date but did we lose a state?
Well, if we are going to lose a state . . . .OK, I'm not going to say it.:p
 

Aaron S.

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Started the 24 hour soak
Soaking the JBP seeds fpr 24 hours 30 June 2018.jpg
At this rate expect a finished tree by Thursday.
I ordered 20 JBP seeds and took 20 out of the seed packet to soak, this is how many I have left.
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Aaron S.

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Here are the seeds after soaking for 24 hours. Its hard to tell but out of the 20 seeds, 17 of them sank. I planted the ones that sank, the floaters I planted in a separate pot. So far after an hour and a half, there has been no record-able growth.
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Here are the seeds after soaking for 24 hours. Its hard to tell but out of the 20 seeds, 17 of them sank. I planted the ones that sank, the floaters I planted in a separate pot. So far after an hour and a half, there has been no record-able growth.
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Hour and a half and no action? Hopefully You didn’t get Southern Hemisphere seeds because if so, they grow the opposite direction?. Just kidding of course, I think I saw action after 8-10 days if I remember correctly.
 

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It took a month before my seeds started to germinate, but then again, that was march :)
 

Aaron S.

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The mighty trees have started to grow!
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Out of the 20 seeds that I planted, I have 4 of them that have sprouted at this time.
 

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Aaron S.

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Sorry have not been on in a bit, been busy with amateur radio, family and being sick.
Anyway I lost one of my seedlings today. I'm pretty sure it was the heat. I moved them to the shade and tried to run a mister in the area, but I guess you win some and lose some.
I also lost a mulberry, privet and Chinese juniper. My backyard weather station has the days high being 108 F (42 C) which is not the hottest it gets around here.
I'll check back in when I can, right now I'm headed out to the patio with a glass of sweet tea to slow down and enjoy life for the evening.
 

Aaron S.

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All of my JBP seedlings have either disappeared (birds) or died. So I still have a bunch of seeds left so I will try again in the spring.
 
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