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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Uncovering the bamboos for spring

Since it is already warm enough with little to no threat of sub zero temperatures left in the forecast, I decided to remove most of the tarps from my bamboos so they can get some sun, and ensure that they don't heat up under the tarps to make shoots too early. They came out of their tarps looking great. The only leaf burn that happened was to the unprotected portions, and that is still very insignificant as our winter low only got down to 0.4F(-17C) which is not enough to cause that much leaf burn on the hardiest species, as long as it is a short exposure.

There was nearly a foot of snow which is nearly gone now after 2 days, and temperatures are lingering above freezing day and night around 30-45F since the warm winter continues and here are some of the pictures.

Phyllostachys dulcis

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Some of the new plants I am starting indoors over winter

I'm all about propagation and growing plants from seeds especially during the winter when not much is happening.

Starting with my asian pear seedlings(pyrus pyrofolia) , I started with 10 seeds from a single fruit and scarified them in hot tap water twice, then planted them in a pot, and so far 3 of them have sprouted. I'm hoping for more to follow. They are supposed to require a 90 day dormancy, but they seem to be working fine without it.