Tim Mackson

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Will five days of shipping break Scion dormancy?

I'm getting my scions late this year,  and I was wondering if anyone would have an idea of how the warm temperatures during shipping affect scion dormancy?  The Scions have been in refrigeration at the company that I bought them from in Tennessee for several months, but they will be in transit for at least five days according to the post office tracking number.  I have no idea of what the temperature during shipping will be, but I assume that the scions will probably experience some high temperatures above 60 degrees until they get here.  Will this be enough to break dormancy?

I plan to get them in the refrigerator as soon as they're delivered.  

I'm not sure why I ordered so many scions.  I already have too many local ones collected and I almost don't have enough trees to graft them on.  This seems like a perpetual problem that I make for myself every year.  I think that I might have to graft onto my grafts from previous years to have enough room.

Thank you for any replies.
I appreciate any thoughts or advice that you can give.
2 months ago

Tim Mackson wrote:

Jim Garlits wrote: And I wonder who named that. Does it really mean "big-headed centaur"?

Lol, Makes you wonder where these names come from doesn't it?

3 months ago

Thank you again Jim.

That is exactly the plant.  I really appreciate your help with this.  I plan to order some seeds soon.
Thanks again!
3 months ago

Jim Garlits wrote:I thought the picture was your thistle. Then I saw that it's only representative of what you saw, except yours was yellow. Maybe it was Centaurea macrocephala.


3 months ago
I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me identify a flower that I have grown in the past?  

The plant was a little less than three feet tall, perennial,  had a yellow flower that resembled a Canadian Thistle (except for the yellow color), didn't have thorns, and was fairly drought tolerant.  

I can't really remember much about what the leaves looked like except that they were about three inches long (maybe) and nondescript.

If you took a picture of this thistle and imagined that it was yellow you would have a perfect idea of what the flower looked like:

The plant itself was nothing at all like a thistle.  It was semi-bushy with soft leaves, and sort of light green.

I've never seen this plant advertised since.  I'm sure that someone is selling it somewhere, but I sure can't seem to find it.  I actually had a woman stop her car and climb our bank to look at it while I was mowing.  I thought that she was going to pull it out, because she took it and turned it sideways to get a better look, but she was satisfied with that.  :)  

I have seeds from the plant still.  They are several years old and weren't stored properly.  I doubt that they are going to germinate, but I'm going to give them a try.

Thank you for any help!
Have a good weekend.

Photo by Motasem Odeh  from the website Pexels.com
3 months ago

Phil Stevens wrote:Aside from favas, I'd say scarlet runners. They have some pretty monstrous seeds.

A possible plus for scarlet runners is that they're perennial plants. You should be able to dig them up and replant for a head start nest spring if you have a way to overwinter them.  I've never managed to find the time, and didn't have a good place in our house to do this,  but I wanted to.  They need the head start in my location because once it gets hot they don't seem to produce well.
3 months ago
Hi,  Just a reminder to take care of  your cats this summer when the weather becomes hot and dry.  :)
Regards, Tim

More information:

Note:  I just posted the link to this site because I'm pretty sure that I would be breaking some sort of copyright law if I posted images from it.

Have a good weekend!

3 months ago

Steve Thorn wrote:Its a little bit warmer here, and I grafted pears today. I bet you would probably be fine there.

Thank you Steve.  I'm sort of stuck on cold weather grafting because I've had no success with grafting in the past.  That was until last year when it was freezing and I ended up with about a 95 percent success rate.  It may not have been related to the temperature, but it sure made an impression on me.

Maybe in the past I just waited too long and it was too late for my grafts to heal in time?
3 months ago