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davem
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June 19, 2024 - 10:58 pm

This thread got me inspired to share what I've been up to with seedling trees.  Photos with descriptions here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3AQ2.....G41c44kzb7

At the moment I have the following seedling trees in pots or in the ground:

  • 69 apples. Parent apples are Golden Delicious, Opal, Ambrosia, Cosmic Crisp, Sugar Bee.
  • 30 native madrone (Arbutus menziesii)
  • 7 hardy bananas, variety "Ice Cream Banana".  Just for fun.
  • 5 persimmon - Fuyu and Hachiya

I expect at least half of them to die or be so riddled with disease that I kill them.  Although I have found that many seedlings will be sickly for a while, then suddenly become healthy.  They probably became strong enough to fight off the diseases?  I will be looking to get rid of some of my duplicates in the fall (madrone, banana), let me know if you're interested.

My "2nd batch" of seedlings are from 2014,  and one of the grafts is fruiting for the first time this year. Sorry the photo won't rotate.

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Some of the 41 seedlings I grew this year (Cosmic Crisp, Sugar Bee).  In the fall I will put them in the ground, where I will maintain them as "large shrubs" until I determine if they are worth keeping.  If so I will graft them onto my existing trees.  I have them in grow bags in large pots so that I can put them on our deck where there are fewer slugs, and also provide protection from wild rabbits.  It also makes it easy to rotate them, and to move them in or out of sun depending on the weather and their growth stage.

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One of my seedlings from 2014.  I had them in pots for 9 years and was also cutting scions from them, so they are fairly stunted.  I finally put them in the ground this spring.  This one ("Ambrosia 8") has an interesting leaf shape.  I am surprised that the leaf shape and color varies quite a bit, even from the same parent variety.

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Tiny bananas

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Madrone/arbutus. To replace my bigleaf maple that died in the summer heat.

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Fuyu persimmon.  I think I should have cracked the shell, as was discussed in the thread that I referenced at the beginning.  After I took this photo I was able to pull the shell off a couple of the seedlings.

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I will add to this thread as things progress in the future.

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John S
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June 21, 2024 - 8:18 am

So, you're trying to see if some unique varieties show up that are good for the PNW?

JOhn S
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davem
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June 21, 2024 - 9:25 am

John S said
So, you're trying to see if some unique varieties show up that are good for the PNW?

Well I would probably say "that are good for me" 🙂

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davem
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June 21, 2024 - 2:48 pm

I just used the "Seek" app on the tree in the third photo above.  It says that is some kind of willow, and looking at it closely, I agree.  So apparently my apple seedling died and a willow tree grew in the pot.

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