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Ponderosa Pine Adjusting to the South

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John Kirby:
Interesting to see that this tree is doing pretty well in SC.

Al, good to see you to. Too much work, but you know that one too well. Hopefully you can post some of your great wok o get the conversation rolling again.


John

Dano:
John,
What has been your experience with Ponderosa pines?

Dan

John Kirby:
Very good. It has been a challenge getting them to respond in a uniform manner to work (Decandling, etc), but over the past decade or so they have gotten better. I have found that getting the trees into good fast draining soil so that you don't have to worry about flooded or oxygen deprived roots has been the single most important thing we do. Walter Pall really helped me get beyond the fear of overwatering and overfeeding. However, in my climate (much like yours), you need to fertilize much later than folks who live in cold climates. I don't put fertilizer on till much later than I used to, I used to fertilize all spring/summer, now we don't even think about putting fertilizer on until August, but then I don't take it off until March or so.

John

Dano:
John,
Thanks for the fertilizing tips. I just started fertilizing the Ponderosa's this week. I also ordered the book on Ponderosa care by Jackel. Take care

Dan

Dave Murphy:
Hey Dano, very nice pine...I'll be following this one closely to see how it develops for you.  I recently moved to the Atlanta area from MA and I brought one ponderosa with me (sadly I had to leave a very large one...too big for the move).  Hopefully, it will acclimate to our new climate.  Good luck with yours,

Dave

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