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Joined: Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:10 am
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Location: Corvallis
Post Re: before you have your dessert...
John:

Let's figure on you getting some replacements. I don't believe one plant is enough for your family.

By the way, for those that eat eggs, save all those shells. Grind them up coarsely, and sprinkle them thickly around young plants. Slugs do not like crossing sharp stuff, and this will give a slow release Ca to the soil. This is better than mixing them into compost in my opinion.

Dave


Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:29 pm
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Joined: Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:10 am
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Location: Corvallis
Post Re: before you have your dessert...
I sent out the following email recently, but did not have emails for everybody that got plants last time. Also if you did not get plants last time but would like to this year, you are not excluded from participating.

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Hello:

The record colds last Dec and Feb killed my tree collards, and from reports yours too. Fortunately I had set aside a couple of young plants which were garaged before the storms, plus somebody requested cuttings around Thanksgiving and then never got them. Those cuttings got started in late February.

I currently have four very healthy tree collard plants. Every year I have had to start pruning in mid summer and it continues on through November. It has begun.

Right now I have six cuttings in the refrigerator (too lazy to pot them tonight). There will obviously be more over the next few months. If you wish to grow tree collards, please consider this an opportune time to at least start planning and even to start some cuttings. You can have cuttings for the asking; you just need to tell me how many you will want. No doubt I will start a lot of plants over the next few months; you can get those as well for the asking, but because of my sloth and the number of folks interested in these, it is too early to tell how many would be available. In my dream world I'd have a backlog of cuttings requests so that the sheer unadulterated joy and satisfaction of starting them could be broadly shared. Yes, I am awesome in my magnanimity.

For planning reference, should you choose the cuttings option - if I take cuttings in late fall, pot them, and leave them out in the cold wet back yard, about 70% turn into decent plants. Reports are with rooting compound, the success rate goes up. Reports are in a greenhouse, rates go up. On my front porch, a warmer spot (though still wet) rates went up. For eating purposes, one plant per person in the household is a good starting point. These things will generate cuttings so it is easy enough to expand over time.

Those of you distant from me should look at this as an opportunity to visit me; it's your turn for a road trip.

Dave


Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:02 am
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