With our pretty extreme cold in late December (6-day freeze with low of 16°F/-8.5°C), and then our unusual/record cold March-present, I’m kind of amazed at how many of the first-year seedlings survived unprotected and have already begun to grow. Some of them have an inch or two of life above-ground, but none of them had their small stems survive intact.
This one is a seedling of Royal-Wright that seemed to have an unusual amount of stem survive, so I grafted onto that in late January. I’ve also pinched the tip of the new shoot in order to encourage the graft to start growing, but no luck yet:
This seedling of Royal-Wright was the most vigorous of all the seedlings last year, but even though it had a pretty thick trunk, it’s almost dead to the ground, albeit regrowing with vigor again. I cut the dried & dead stem off just before these photos:
These two seedlings of Mexicola Grande faired similarly:
This seedling of Mexicola is one of the only seedlings that’s regrowing from an above-ground bud rather than from the roots:
This seedling of Mexicola Grande was outside in a 15 gallon nursery pot for much of the winter, but when it started sprouting in April, it went into the greenhouse for a month, to get a warmer spring (but is already back outside and starting its second flush of the year):
This is another seedling of Royal-Wright that was in a nursery pot outside (12 gal), but only started sprouting last week, so never got the greenhouse treatment:
This seedling of Bacon was one of the first outdoor seedlings to sprout new growth this year, and has also been successfully cloned by rooting stem cuttings (and looks like a good stool bed candidate):
Finally, a seedling of Royal-Wright that has also been successfully rooted from stem cuttings, just sprouted about two weeks ago but is growing nicely:
There are others sprouting, but those ones are further behind these, so I’ll save them for a future post.