Saturday, March 28, 2009

final pot for prunus

This is my fat sloe. There are millions of sloes (black thorn, Puruns spinosa) all over Europe. But they are extremely difficult to collect. You collect ten and eleven die. And then you only get thin sticks normally. So this is a gem, an extreme rarity. It has about 100 flower buds. Let's see what it looks like in three weeks.
last image from 2002.
New pot by Josef Mairhofer.


Stephan Wiies said...

Hi Walter,
I'm planning on collecting several Prunus spinosa this spring. I've never heard they would be so hard to keep alive before. What is the main reasons they are so difficult to collect in your opinion?


Walter Pall said...


the reason is that they grow from the roots of another tree and then again from the roots of this tree. so you have a small forest and it is all one tree. But the small tree on the surface does not have good rootage. In the contrary, it has a long taproot going all the wway down into the ground. If you cut it you will most probably kill the tree. But you have to cut it. And then it does not like to throw new roots from old wood.


lee k said...

I collect ten,and eleven live!
It depends on where your collecting from,i collect from high mountains in wales on scree banks and normally get a fair amount of root.A heating bed with auto misting is essential for survival,mine are usually pot bound after just 2 yrs