olin erickson

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Zone 4, MT
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As an update to my situation I was trying moist storage and they started growing mold in the fridge. I gave a bath in hydrogen peroxide and then rinsed with water.  I've been reading quite a few folk put in near boiling water then let it cool as a 24 hr soak and then immediately plant. I don't want the mold to get the better of me so I may start trying some indoor germination.
5 months ago
Very useful skill! It seems that selling small amounts of seaberry seed is all the rage on ebay and amazon, but you never know what you are going to get.  I thought I would check Alibaba, but that is pretty vague also.  I came across this and others like it; Hunjin, Chengse, and Chuyi mentioned. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311260135_An_elite_variety_of_berry_hippophae_rhamnoides_'Hunjin'  I don't know if there is anyway to find out if there are some landrace varieties or get some seeds from the thornless ones... I'd love to see Hippophae developed into a better agroforestry crop over here.
lots to be gleaned also at http://www.sanddorn.net/index.html - much of that site is in German.
6 months ago
I planted that first batch over in the Flathead, they were 18" bare-root mailorder and some grew to near 6' that one season... all 25(?) died. I stopped watering early but I think they didn't enter dormancy right in the fall. Glad I could get some encouragement. Skeeter might be onto something that trees dont really like to be transplanted. Anyway, I may have to forage some seed later this year.  I got a bit from twistedtree, but it won't be nearly enough to make a hedge for my East of the Divide orchard project. Thanks!
6 months ago
I've been researching Seaberry and it seems alot of breeding work has been done on thornless varieties over in Asia. Someone who can read Chinese could do a great service to the community by getting some of that distributed. I'd be willing to help on the distribution end and could help work at navigating the bureaucracy...
6 months ago
edit I didnt read the post well enough. My Hawthorne's get pretty funky... hoping various tastier things are more resistant.
6 months ago
I want to plant black locust. my last batch grew like weeds but didnt overwinter - someone please tell me it'll grow here in MT. i have a nice bunch of honey locust seedlings that look like they are wintering well.
6 months ago
I'm kicking around the living fence hedgerow. Any pods available?
6 months ago
"The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation" says fall planting or 3 months cold stratification. So put em in a ziploc in the fridge with a teensy piece of wet paper towl.  Works for apples and lavendar. Hopefully these too - I just ordered 1/2 oz, like 1200.  Lots of different tricks to seeds.
6 months ago
Posting to Follow as much as anything.  That last post was enlightening - maybe I will focus on propagating Autumn Olive instead - The A.O. seem to grow great here and since both plants fill pretty much the same niche...
I'm in central Montana, and at my location I have quite heavy soil and pretty heavily Limestone influenced soil and water. Planted a smattering of Seaberry, Autumn Olive, Elderberry and  half dozen other shrubby things.  The thorns don't appeal to me a ton, but I was just listening to Spirko on a podcast talking about blackberries and how they allow the forest to expand - I would love to interplant tall visibility barrier trees with a nitrogen fixer that communicates to the deer "don't come too close or I'll hook your face", blackberries don't fix and are not exactly thriving here (zone 3/4). I don't know if thorny raspberries would keep deer away from trees?
7 months ago
good question. I just popped kernels off the corn that I grew this year. some of it was moldy to greater and lesser degrees, fusarium and aspergillus?, pinks and blue/green.   the worst became bird food. I'm committed to planting it out again - I put a mixture of fireplace ash in with it.  Now that I've got more than i could plant out i should do a germination test.