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DanielW
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February 4, 2021 - 11:51 am

I have a bad habit of starting trees from seeds.  Then I don't know where to plant them.

I have a pot with multiple oak seedlings, mostly white oak.  There might be red oak in there too.  There is also a pot with two (as I recall) ginkgo seedlings.  All are one year old.

If you would like these, you can message me and I can leave them in the driveway by my mailbox for you to pick up.  We can decide on the time / day.   I live in Battle Ground, north of Daybreak Park.  It's about 30 min from mid - Vancouver.

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quokka
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February 10, 2021 - 5:24 pm

Daniel, I do not want them. But the Gingko might "sell" better if they were female, and folks could anticipate the sweet smell of the fruit.

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John S
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February 10, 2021 - 8:31 pm

"SWEET"? 

My kids call it gingko stinko.

JohN S

PDX OR

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jafar
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February 10, 2021 - 9:08 pm

It's kind of you to offer Daniel.

Reminds me that my last load of wood chips had a bunch of acorns in it, and I've had dozens of oak trees sprouting up in my orchard from the mulch.  I thought I found, perhaps some rooted cuttings, under my Nadia, but good chance they are oak seedlings.   

I meant to go have another look at them, but haven't made it out there.

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Rooney
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February 11, 2021 - 1:24 am

Mid December I took a couple of 25 inch branches inside to force flowers. It flowered in full in 2 weeks in water. Another week later there was massive rooting on these Nadia branches.

Off topic idea: in order to shed pollen from nadia for hybridizing experiments to say sweet cherry you would have to warm them up inside. it's not the outside rain that washes pollen away -it's the low temperature settings that are responsible.

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DanielW
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February 11, 2021 - 8:21 am

Quokka,

"Daniel, I do not want them. But the Gingko might "sell" better if they were female, and folks could anticipate the sweet smell of the fruit."

Actually it is the females that have stinky seed packages.  The males just have no-scent catkins that bear pollen.  As for seedlings,  no way to know until they grow up, whether they are male or female, unless you graft a male scion onto a seedling.  

A member has accepted the trees so I'll save them for her at this point. Smile

On trees from seeds, I like growing them because seeds are more genetically diverse.  I think most bought shade trees are grafted, although I could be wrong.  For example, my red maples and European lindens are named cultivars, so certainly grafted.  Genetic diversity means better gene pool for future challenges.  Also, I think growing from seeds means lower likelihood for nursery transmitted virus diseases.  With climates changing, I think we need to experiment with our trees so that trees are better adapted.  Locally derived seeds at least come from trees that are thriving here, now.  Hardwood trees might be better in fire risk areas, than conifers.  So I plant seeds of hardwoods.

Ginkgos may be in a genetic bottleneck because most are male, named cultivars.  The reason for male cultivars was given already.  Ginkgo nuts are sold in some Chinese markets but I don't know if they are fully wholesome or entirely safe.  Maybe.  I think the trees are handsome and unique, and have beautiful golden fall foliage.  In Hiroshima, a tree charred by the atomic bomb, regenerated and grew again, which seems like a message if hope.  I have a 25 year old that I grew from seed, turned out to be male.  I grafted some scion from that onto local seedlings.  Only one graft took.  Oddly, it refuses to grow straight and upright like its dad.   Deer are so-so about them.  They seem to eat young shoots but not the taller ones.Smile

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John S
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February 12, 2021 - 9:25 am

I am going to grow ginkgo, not for the nuts for for the medicine in the leaves.  It was a great offer Daniel.  I'm pretty old, so I'll take all the help I can get.

John S
PDX OR

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