The pecan seedlings are turning dark green from the fertilizer application. A few seedlings have not changed color which makes me wonder about varying ability of seedlings to absorb nutrients. I think I will set the light green seedlings aside and watch to see how they change over the next few days.
There is a lot of variability in seedlings that can be seen just looking at the leaves. One seedling has very frilly leaves. Another has jagged edges with deep indentations. Most have leaves are rounded but a few seedlings have long thin leaves.
About 15 seedlings are from nuts that I think are water hickory X pecan hybrids. They have relatively thin leaves with purple growing tips from anthocyanin. I’m going to use them in a low area on my land in hopes they can handle occasional flooding.
On a different note, I’ve got to look carefully at methods to start seed next spring. The nuts I stratified in my refrigerator have been germinating very erratically which is a sure sign the stratification was not effective. I also need to start seed in the greenhouse at least 2 months earlier than I did this year. I could have had them in starter trays in late March with most seedlings emerged and growing by early May. Part of this is down to not having enough time to run my tomato and pepper seedling business while doing all the other tasks I set for this past spring and summer.
It adds up to more than one person can keep up with. Fortunately, I enjoy having too much to do.
Edit to add this link to an article about Bill Reid’s retirement. https://www.kansasfarmer.com/education/retirement-bill-reid-ends-4-decade-era-kansas-pecan-research