Re: Dwarf Chinquapin X Gambel Oak
Date: March 04, 2011 06:09PM
I thought I'd give a follow up on how these did when planted.
I"m happy to tell you that 100% of the seedlings grew, better than I expected but very welcome.
Planted in a N-S configuration with the Dwarf Chinquapins to the West in one row & the Gambel oaks in a row parallel to them about 15' to the east.
It's my hope that closely planted like this that in another 6-7 years I'll be able to start looking for hybrid producing acorns.
Will give me another interesting thing to do/watch for in my little wildlife planting.
It would appear that both of these oak types are of the kind to "sleep or creep" the first year. The most any of them grew was perhaps 4". However, several that got stuck in pots for a few weeks before I could plant them out show why I think. I removed that little netting wrap from all these when planting, even in the pots. When I went to plant out the ones in the pots, I was quite surprised to see a few roots that had reached the bottom or the sides near the bottom. While the pots were not large, about 2 qt. size, that still is fast root growth for the time they had. So I'd guess these little seedlings grew, but not where much of the growth can be seen.
So for anyone who intends to give these a trial, don't expect much or any above ground growth in the first year.
But I do think they'll do far better this coming summer with the roots established now.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/04/2011 06:46PM by Craig.