chiggerbit wrote:Annie, and I were chatting last night, and in passing briefly touched on the idea of a seed exchange. What do you think? Too many problems? Like for instance, vigilance with regards to safety in exchanging addresses? Legal restrictions, such as the kind that states like California have on certain species? Diseases? International restrictions? Discuss. I'm going to plan on saving seeds this summer, just in case this gets going.
I could do loads of Montmorency sour cherry seeds. Also woodland wildflowers such as Dutchman's breeches for shade, a wild lobelia for sunny, wetter areas that is a drop-dead gorgeous blue a little over a foot tall. Also, shagbark hickorynuts and black walnuts.
Criminy, I thought it was a little extra-noisy outside just now, went out to look. We've had a Midwest monsoon since yesterday, and I see that one of my ponds is flowing over the top of the bank, in spite of having an over-flow tube. Hope the other pond isn't doing that--the dam may not hold if it does.
Growing cherries from seed is a gamble. You will not know what kind of cherries to expect. They could be good or they could be hard, sour and almost inedible. Cherries require two varieties for pollination, so you will need two.
Allow the seeds to dry for a few days. They may germinate better if stored uin the coldest part of the fridge( not freezer ) for a couple of weeks. Plant in a good potting soil and keep moist. Then plant outdoors in Spring.
chiggerbit wrote:Actually, I'm don't think it throws back to the rootstock itself. However, cross-pollination, even cross-pollination with only Montmorencies, is unllikely to produce exactly the same quality of tree, due to the genealogy of the tree with hundreds thousands of great-great-great grandparents' genes contributing to the genepool. Rootstock would matter if you were taking suckers, which would produce trees just like the rootstock.
I have thirty heavily-timbered acres and lots of hungry wildlife, much of which loves my Montmorency cherries, so I thought it might be fun to try to give the critters their own fruit. I'm always sticking seed in the ground out back. I even left a wide-spreading mulberry tree in the middle of my garden because it fruits over a very long period of time, so I thought it might provide a "distraction" from my garden and orchard. Besides, there's always the miniscule chance of a new "Bing" cherry. I'll have to tell you the tale of this area's contribution to that story sometime.
Oh, and I'm the Queen of England. Come on, there's no way you could be the person in that picture.
ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION - GRAFTING
Horticulturists have used grafting to fuse the shoot (scion) of one individual onto the root system (stock) of another. This allows the grower to take advantage of the desirable characteristics of both roots and shoots. Fruit growers often graft shoots from varieties producing good fruit onto rootstocks that are hardier or more available. While the newly grafted plant will have the desirable characteristics of both individuals, offspring will have no characteristics of the stock. Similarly, any sprouts originating below the root collar will have none of the traits of the scion. In forestry, seed orchard managers graft scions from superior trees onto established rootstocks. This allows the production of more superior seeds than would be possible by relying on a single superior tree.
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