Monday, March 28, 2011

Oriental hornbeam #20

Oriental hornbeam, Carpinus orientalis, collected in 2009, promising.









6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Walter - in the first photo, there are some small piles of material in the pot. is this fertilizer? what kind? thanks!

Walter Pall said...

This is substrate, baked loam in this case. Trees are NOT planted into soil anymore. This should be obvious by now.
WP

Anonymous said...

On top of the baked loam/substrate there appears to be 3 or 4 piles of darker material - thought it might be chicken pellets. The other pots in the picture appear to have the same piles on top of the substrate. Just curious!

Walter Pall said...

OK, now I see. I take everything back and apologize. This is chicken pellets, the best feed for such trees in development. As you can tell they grow enormously during just one vegetation period.
WP

Anonymous said...

Walter,
Based on your recommendations here on your site I started using chicken compost. I worry about burning roots, etc. I let it dry over the winter before using as youve recommended. Do you ever have any problems using that much manure?

Walter Pall said...

I wonder whether just dry it over winter is enough. If it is really ready you can throw lots at them. I would start with low dosage though and wait and see.
WP