|A planting of hybrid poplar (NM-6) that is dying off. Time to get the replacement generation going.|
I planted acorns from a young Northern Red Oak tree I spotted next to a strip mall. All of her siblings were barren. She had acorns up the wazoo. I don't know if it was genetic or if it was due to the fact that something had killed her central leader and she had large laterals to compensate.
I really like Northern Red Oak. I cannot think of a tree I would rather camp beneath. They testify to sandy soils, deep water tables, open forest floors and ample firewood that is easy to gather. Northern Red Oak suggests that mosquitoes are unlikely to be a problem.
|The hole goes here.|
|It looks like this. I cut downward on four sides, flip the sod piece and chop it finely. Almost like making an omelet.|
|Then I make a slit in the center.|
|Some had roots extending out 3 inches. Some had no roots. And there was everything in between.|
|Scrape loose soil back over the planted acorns. Now, if only the squirrels don't find them.|
As a very rough rule-of-thumb, named cultivars seem to produce about 3 times as much fruit per unit area as un-selected seedlings. I am looking forward to seeing what these mayhaws survive my winters and if they produce any fruit.