Mr.E's six year Japanese Black Pine contest entry

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1517112431561251915478.jpg1517112454123982035940.jpg1517112478323850922944.jpgpurchased these seeds back in November 17 from myseeds.com. I purchased "regular" and "mikawa" to see if there was an actual difference other than the price.
 

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I forgot to update that I planted those out a couple weeks later. Most of the seedlings were showing their first set of leaves so I decided to do cuttings on 25 or so of the strongest ones. Plenty more were ready but I only had that many small nursery pots on hand. For the soil I used cactus mix (e b stone I think), pumice and large perlite. For the mix where the cuttings go I mixed peat, perlite and a bit of vermiculite. This was my first time with seedling cuttings so it felt a little strange cutting the roots off a seedling, but I have seen others results so I hope they live! 20180408_120659.jpg20180408_120703.jpg20180408_121552.jpg20180408_124823.jpg20180408_124859.jpg
 

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The first and second pics of the seedlings are regular black pine and "mikawa " respectively. Nothing very scientific but about the same floater vs sinker ratio and viability of the seeds. Maybe just in the favor of the regular batch.
 

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These are the "mikawa" seeds, the cuttings have actually grown taller than the ones i just tranfered to larger containers. 20180812_074058.jpg20180812_074010.jpg4 of the 12 didn't make it through.
 

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These are the regular seeds, about the same growth on the cuttings as the other, but the untouched seeds have definitely grown the best. Lost maybe 3 of these in the cutting process. 20180812_074042.jpg20180812_073957.jpg
 

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A update on these black pine I planted last year. I did not afford the time to repot any of the black pines this spring to get the roots sorted out. So I hope they're not too much of a mess next year.

First pictures are the cuttings the "mikawa" in the black pots. All the others in the larger pots were not cuttings.20190525_081851.jpg20190525_081900.jpg20190525_081918.jpg20190525_081914.jpg
 

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