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Advanced Techniques => Advanced Collecting Discussion => Topic started by: Bonsaiteen on September 09, 2013, 01:45 PM

Title: Collecting in Zone 7a
Post by: Bonsaiteen on September 09, 2013, 01:45 PM
     When is the best time to collect in Nashville? I have been told that late summer early fall is a bad time to repot, But one website has all of their trees panned to ship in September because the trees are dormant.   ???
Title: Re: Collecting in Zone 7a
Post by: Owen Reich on September 09, 2013, 10:29 PM
Really depends on species.  Fall if you can do your best to keep the roots from freezing.  I do most of my deciduous collecting as buds swell and conifers a little later.  Have collected now but aftercare is cruvial; I mist the foliage and keep in shade.
Title: Re: Collecting in Zone 7a
Post by: Bonsaiteen on September 10, 2013, 02:54 PM
I have found a mame that has a taproot as thick as the trunk. It is deciduous. When I collect it in the spring, how would I deal with the roots?
 
Title: Re: Collecting in Zone 7a
Post by: Owen Reich on September 10, 2013, 05:43 PM
Tree may need a larger container after taproot is cut and any small roots left can grow on.  If no roots possible upon removal, treat like a cutting with rooting hormone and such.
Title: Re: Collecting in Zone 7a
Post by: Bonsaiteen on September 26, 2013, 10:54 PM
Where is the best place to collect wild trees? Are there still places one can do that?  :-\
Title: Re: Collecting in Zone 7a
Post by: augustine on September 27, 2013, 11:11 AM
My guess is probably mostly no on public land, you'll have to check with your Dept of Natural Resources for your State. Check them out on the web and contact someone from Forestry or Forest Mgt or such.

In Maryland our club collects on private land with permission. That's one of the many benefits of belonging to a club. Old landscape plants are also a good option.