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HM01 2017 Seedless Glog

18 March 2017 - 10:43 AM

     I said I wasn't going to start a glog this year since my season will be cut short (moving this summer), but not growing things just seems weird to me. So here we go.

     I have about ten OW chile plants that I will be keeping in containers (let's see if they survive the move...). They aren't much to look at now, but I'll post pics once they go outside.

     Since I'm not starting seeds for peppers and tomatoes, my grow lights were feeling neglected. I decided to take advantage of this opportunity to start some hybrid poplar clones from and for my family's land up in 'Sconnie.

     When my family first moved there in the late '80s I remember taking a walk with my mom and digging up a poplar sucker to transplant. It turned out that tree was a hybrid (gray poplar) that occurs naturally, although relatively uncommonly, in the midwest. Good soil and hybrid vigor allowed the tree to take off. That was almost 30 years ago and since then the tree has grown to about 80' tall and 2' dbh. It has also sent out suckers of its own - some of which we, again, dug up and transplanted. One of those transplants is now about 30' tall with a 6" dbh. A few weeks ago, I lopped a branch off it to take some cuttings.

     From that branch, I used a hand pruner to cut 2-3 bud softwood shoots. After soaking them in water for a few days, I planted them in homemade organic soil in half gallon containers. A few weeks of growth under my lights pretty much brings us to today.




This is what a populus x canescens cutting looks like just as it's starting to wake up and push leaves.






Opening up a bit more...






Leaves emerged and stretching. Notice the fuzziness (leaves, not the pics ;) ). Populus x canescens is a naturally-occuring hybrid between Populus alba (white poplar) and Populus tremuloides (trembling aspen). They have the form of an aspen and the fuzzy leaves of the white poplar, but most importantly they have incredible hybrid vigor. They grow very fast and are much more disease resistant and adaptable than either parent.






     About ten years ago I started reading about bybrid poplars and discovered commercially produced hybrids being used in phytoremediation as well as timber and pulp production. I ordered some online and started them just like these ^ cuttings.


This one is called OP-367 (Populus x canadensis) and is a cross between Populus deltoides (Eastern cottonwood) and Populus nigra (a Europen black poplar) .





another OP-367





more OP-367







     OP-367 was one of the first commercially produced hybrid poplars available. It is a real workhorse, too! I thought gray poplars grew fast until I saw what these could do.

     Next time I'm up north visiting my family, I'll get some pics of the mothers. Until then, I'll keep this glog updated with my most recent clones.

     As always, thanks for stopping by el jardin del dash-o dos! Especially in this off year. :cheers:

Cactus cuttings for the cost of shipping

12 February 2017 - 01:01 PM

     It's getting to be the time of year when I need to cut back my Trichocereus cacti and get them ready for the upcoming season. I still have cuttings from last spring that are callused and ready to root. If anyone is interested in growing these monster cacti, let me know. I have a huge chunk of T. macrogonus (probably 15 lbs) and a big log of T. pachanoi just sitting around taking up space.

     If you're willing to pay shipping, I'll pack them up (either one or both) and send them to you as soon as the weather warms up a bit.



Here's a pic of the macrogonus:






     Depending on how many takers I get and how much folks are willing to spend on shipping, I might cut them in half to make it easier to pack them in LFRBs. These cuttings are gigantic and, even at half size, will still have plenty of energy stored up to take root very quickly.

     For just the price of shipping, these cuttings are a steal and will provide you with a fun, beautiful plant to grow and propagate for decades to come!

Gooooooooood shit!

11 February 2017 - 07:45 PM

     So I decided to start a flog since I won't be doing a glog this season 'cuz my wife and I will be moving this coming summer.

     Here are some pics of food.



















THP password dosn't work

25 January 2017 - 08:03 PM

     Boss, I'm trying to fix my username (not change it to something gross this time ;) ) but the edit name function keeps telling me I'm entering the wrong password. Just wondering if it got changed by accident or something.

Chinense ID help, please

23 October 2016 - 11:15 AM

     I bought some Elysium oxide Scotch bonnet seeds in a fundraiser auction last winter and planted some of them soon after. I managed to not kill two of the seedlings and grew them out. One appears to be true pheno , with green foliage, squat habit and pods that mature to a mustard color.

     The other plant was the polar opposite in almost all other regards. It has purple foliage, taller growth habit and pods that start purple and then turn green, white, yellow, orange and then deep red. The pods are also much denser and heavier than an average chinense. Their flavor is very sweet and fruity - like a concentrated Caribbean red hab.



Here's a pic of the whole plant. (It got severely damaged in a spring storm.)






Some pods





















     I don't know much about the lineage of the Elysium oxide bonnet, so I can't speculate whether this might be the product of instability. Maybe a product of cross pollination? Maybe just a mixed up seed? I've never seen anything like it before. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thank you!