Thats great harry, I plan on putting up a fence row of Emerald Green Arborvitae or Green Giants before summer is over. Although I plan on starting around the 4'-6' mark its nice to see them grow from the seed up. Im undecided on what to go with.
Does this work with all types of arborvitae? I have a large Ball type that I have had no luck with the seeds. I also have a tall skinny column type no luck with those seeds either, but I have found a few little ones over the years. Had them in pots, they were over a foot tall before the rabbits found them this winter
I had some family heirloom plants some others wanted and had quite a few going the last 2 yrs. Nothing like your trays but a couple dozen (+-).
Rose of Sharon rooted fairly easily. Almost as easily as Willows, or Forsythia do.White Spirea (in the family 4 generations) had maybe a 75% survival rate. 2 for 2 on Roses, 1 of 3 Lilacs and no luck at all with a Magnolia Grandiflora.
The only way to get a true plant would be from a cutting not seeds. Especially like the green giants that are hybrids. You can see videos on you tube, which I watched. I used a root stimulator and mixed up some planting medium using a little of my soil, peat moss and sand. No particular ratios just mixed to see the right consistency. I get a lot of deer in my area and emerald green makes a nice snack for them in the winter. Green Giants they don't eat! I have many Green Giants around my property. Some as a hedge, some as individual specimens. I'm planning on selling these when they are about two foot tall at the most. People ask me all the time what they are and how they can purchase some.
I will try some now, but this guy does his in the spring while they are still dormant. There are 3 parts to this video. And will be putting them in an unused dog kennel to keep the rabbits away from them
I did watch the three parts before. I've done these at different times of the year. In the past I put them directly into the soil in a nursery. I didn't get 100 percent success but have already sold them to a friend. I find it interesting, but as they say, different strokes for different folks! I just thought some of the members might be interested in one of my hobbies.