Monthly Archives: October 2015

American Sweet Gum Trees Don’t Transplant Easily

We have American Sweet Gum tree seedlings popping up all over the place. Most of them pop up in the wrong places and I try to transplant the nicest looking ones. They do not transplant easily. I take a big scoop of dirt from around 8 to 12 inch seedlings and when the dirt crumbles I can see that most roots are intact. I place them in nursery pots with my usual tree soil mix. I’m lucky if half of them make it. Some trees transplant easily, sweet gums not so. If I accidentally cut the tap root, the gum tree definitely will not make it. And the ones that do survive in pots don’t always seem to thrive like the ones popping up around the yard do.

american sweet gum trees don't transplant easily

I just hate to see a nice looking tree seedling go to waste, that is why I try to save to many of them. The ones that look the nicest seem to sprout in unfortunate locations!

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Two Buckeyes Rise From The Dead

I didn’t take enough care of these 2 buckeyes. I kept them in these pots and watered them, but they shriveled up and it looked like they died. I decided to just leave these 2 in the pots (I discarded a third pot). After 3 months of summer, I took a closer look at these pots and noticed that each had a few inch stem that looks exactly like the end of buckeye branches. These are buckeyes!

buckeyes come back to life

I had left these 2 pots alone all summer because each had an elm growing in it. Next spring they both get planted in the woods!

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Wasp Spray Kills Wasps & Broccoli Seedlings

I have several trays of cabbage and broccoli seedlings on a porch table. We have a red wasp nest in the soffit above the table. A red wasp dive-bombed me so I sprayed toward it, not thinking about my seedlings. A breeze blew some of the insecticide onto the nearest seedlings. Within a few minutes the seedlings shriveled and the nearest were dead.

wasp sprayed seedlings

Note: don’t spray chemicals ANYWHERE around seedlings.

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