Hey all. I became interested in permaculture a few months ago. I got a grow lamp and began growing nitrogen-fixing trees from seed in October, just to learn the ins and outs. I live in an area that I’d describe as high-desert. Zone 5 with the occasional sub-zero winter, and a lot of droughts in the summer months. Juniper and sagebrush grow well here.
A lot of trees considered invasive species in other areas, like Russian Olive and Black Locust, will grow where I am, but they’re not usually invasive, because it takes a fair amount of nurturing to get them going. They have to be watered the first year, and they have to be caged to prevent the deer and livestock from eating them.
I’ve done some research and found some good species, including Locust, Russian Olive, Siberian Pea Tree, and Sea Buckthorn. I’ve figured out how to grow all of these well from seed. The problem is that these trees grow really fast indoors. They outgrow a 4” pot in less than 2 months.
I’d like to have a bunch ready for next year, but I don’t have the space or setup for 6” or 8” pots. I was wondering if I’d have success growing them in 4” pots and setting them outside (where it’s cold) and allowing them to go into dormancy, then planting them in the spring when they green up?
I’m going to try this and see if it works, but I thought I’d ask for any thoughts or suggestions here.