I have successfully started a bunch more perennial Babington’s Leek than I need, Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii, rare in the US and apparently even becoming rare in England where they once flourished. I'd love to trade for some cuttings (rooted if possible) of any of the shrubs or trees I want for my edible forest garden.
I'm looking for fresh cuttings but prefer rooted cuttings of the following: (I also prefer cuttings taken when the Moon is ascending, and in a fruiting sign.)
Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry)
Northrop Mulberry — Morus alba
Quince, fruiting not the flowering quince, any "flavor"
Rowanberry (Sorbus ancarparia edulis)
Basket Willow… any var.
I should have bublets (to start your own) to trade in 2-3 years, but for now all I have is seedlings.
darius Van d'Rhys wrote:I'm in Virginia. Sorry, I can't find where to post my location in my profile.
if you open the "My Profile" page, click on the + next to "General Information About Yourself." it's in there.
I don't know about shipping across the country, but I've got several of the plants you're after. I'm not familiar with ascending moons and fruiting signs, so you would have to give me some instructions on that front.
Thanks to you, Tel, I was able to add my location! I had already looked where you said, but obviously I overlooked "location".
An ascending moon is between the dark of the moon and the full moon... in other words when the moon is getting larger. That's when the cuttings will have the most sap.
Best signs for all of this Spring for taking cuttings are in March, late in the day Mar 14 to before midnight Mar 16 on the west coast However, Mar 6-8 and 12-13 are also good. I'm just learning biodynamic planting times even though I've gardened for many years. So far my results have blown me away! Maria Thun's biodynamic planting calendar is wonderful, and the result of 50+ years of trials. (Amazon carries it.)
I'm excited about the Babington's Leek... my first real perennial vegetable besides the common rhubarb, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, etc. As I understand them, the leaves (tasting like leeks) can be harvested even in the first year, but the bulbs really need 2-3 years to mature before harvesting any of the bulbs without hampering the future growth. I think they will make bublets on their tops at the end of the first growing season. The bublets may fall to the ground and root, but I put the ones sent to me in a baggie in the crisper for several months. They started putting out tiny roots in January so I potted them up. Most are about 4-5" tall now, but it's too soon to plant them outside here just yet. We had 4" of snow this morning.