Fruit tree seedlings?

I’m seeing a significant number of volunteer Luma apiculata seedlings around my bush for the first time this year. It’s interesting that I’ve not seen a single one in the previous two years. I wonder what changed this winter to encourage germination.

Quite possibly. The name isn’t on the tip of my tongue. It sure has a gorgeous habit and doesn’t get very tall. Perhaps 8 feet if I’m not mistaken. Which is excellent because ginkgo are a fabulous tree almost anywhere in the landscape. The problem, so often, at least for me, is their height. I would love to plant a couple to flank the entrance of my greenhouse, and the dwarf size will make that feasible. Any guess what they do to make it a dwarf? Is there a particular rootstock?

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Found a volunteer peach behind my greenhouse and in typical fashion I potted it up due to the inability to toss plants haha. I’ll try a micro graft maybe for fun


Thank you, I will try it! Just to clarify, does she put the seeds on heat immediately after the refrigerator or at room temperature for a couple days prior to the heat?

The latter.

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I don’t believe it’s the rootstock but I could be wrong. I have a graft of Mariken growing. I’ll be happy to share dormant cuttings with you once it sizes up.

That would be very nice. Thank you. So it’s the space between the nodes perhaps?

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Since this one was moved out into the sun it’s taken a much redder hue. Makes me wonder what the other one would have looked like in the sun if it hadn’t become slug food.

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I’ll respond privately with photos. Don’t want hijack the thread.

Just a few avocado seedlings…


Are these apple seedlings? They are popped up all around an apple tree in the orchard. First time I’ve seen this in the 14 years here. Also last fall was a plague of yellow jackets.

If I want to grow some out, I’m wondering if its better to transplant now, or just put some tree tubes over some of them.

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I’d move them into gallon pots while root is small. Many of mine look like the have almost no root when they’re starting but with good soil and water they take off in a pot. Just my thought

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Same here. I only leave volunteers that can stay in place forever and serve as rootstock, if they do well. Leaving them in place is to let the roots ancbor naturally and also a “test by fire”. Everything else I want to keep gets potted or transplanted elsewhere.

My intent would likely be to transplant them at some point to where I’d let them grow into big trees, perhaps too closely spaced and see if any of the fruit are good. If I get time and ambition, perhaps I’d graft some to mature tree to see fruit faster.

These are under a tree that has lots of potential for some happy crosses. Goldrush, Crunch a Bunch, Honeycrisp, Golden Russet, Hidden Rose/Aerlie’s, an early Fuji, may still have Karmijn de Sonnaville, Freyburg and one or two others.


My abiu seedling finally put out their leaves. The little plant just above them is a nance sprout.


Cornus kousa - seeds taken from a tree with tasty fruit. The tennant of the property did not know the name or if it was a cultivar at all, but the bracts should be cream with pink rim. I will see what comes if/when they get to flower. I wonder if the red tinge on the stems and cotyledons are an indicator or just a result of morning frosts.


Any thoughts on keeping these guys under control? I’ve planted onion and garlic - they walk over it and munched on my seedling crab apples.

They skinned the lowest 15 cm on my apple rootstocks in the open orchard earlier this spring. Nothing similar has ever happened in my fruit forest which is guarded by a flerken, (sorry, :cat:). We’ll see, if lavender and nepetas under planting will have any effect.

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The black sapote seeds are finally starting to get going:

I’m surprised they ventured into cat territory. Maybe they have toxoplasmosis, which in rodents makes them attracted to the scent of cats instead of afraid of it. You may need rodent-proof cages or tubes for you apples.