Hey Al (and experts on his mixes) - question...

hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)January 24, 2014

I mentioned making some of either 5/1/1 or gritty mix for some tree seedlings.

However, for the initial germination phase, is a heavier mix better to help the seed "take"?

Or will most grow just fine in either mix from day 1?

My other question is, would a swamp-native species like baldcypress do better in a more water-retentive mix that has a PWT, since they're subject to something similar in their native environment?

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello!
I think most tree seeds will grow fine in either mix. I've used both extensively for things like citrus, calocedrus, pine, oaks, osage, et cetera. I prefer using a 5-1-1 because a seedling will be re-potted within 1 - 2 years, and the 5-1-1 is more economical in that regard.

The Taxodium don't need a wet mix to flourish. Like Mangrove, they grow perfectly well in a fast-draining mix. Just keep your mix evenly moist, and when the plants are much older, you could set the container in a drip-tray if you wish. Not required, though.

Josh

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 11:17AM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Good point. I know in the ground Taxodium does fine in non-swamp areas.

I think a lot of "swamp" trees are dominant in swamps now because they *need* to grow in swamps so much as they *can* grow well in them, whereas most other species cannot.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 11:45AM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I'm growing the following species this year (most are stratifying now if they need to be stratified):

Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Abies hollophylla
Quercus michauxii
Quercus coccinea
Acer palmatum
Aesculus flava
Taxodium distichum

There are others but I'm drawing a blank ATM, and don't feel like going downstairs to look at what seeds I bought...(it's been a LONG day).

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 10:29PM
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