I have 4 bare root Beech seedlings that I got about 6 weeks ago I soaked them in KLM and potted them up. I kept them inside for the first 4 weeks ( we had a cool spring) and outside for 2 weeks. But the brown buds have yet to break and some of them feel hollow inside. is this norm or have I lost ALL of them? I have worked with many seedlings but never Beech.
What size were the seedlings, and how did you plant them, Beech is one of the easiest of all tree's to grow, I once grew a hedge by taking off twigs about foot long and just pushing them into the ground in a line about foot apart, low behold we had a hedge 2 years later and when I return to that city, the hedge is still as good as ever, kept to about 6-8 feet high.
If you can give a bit more info as to soil, pot size if any and where the seedlings came from would help to give some until then, keep the seedlings watered when needed, sheltered from bad weather and don't let any wind dry the tiny plants as when tender leaves get too much wind blowing it can burn the tips and buds.
Good luck. WeeNel.
I got them by mail order and they were potted up in turface mvp and garden soil about 60/40 and I watered as needed. They are only about 9-12 in high and 1/8 in thick... If you could answer this for me I can tell if its a loss. I have 3 maple that have leafed out do they leaf about the same time as maple?
I'm not new to gardening,but never worked with Beech seedlings befor. I do know about checking for moister under skin and they are still not brittle. Thanks for the tip on the bud casings as some feel hollow but NOT ALL. So there still may be hope. You think if I put them under the bench for a bit (a lot more shaded and wind protection) and mist a few times a day it will help? Now I'll just watch and see : )
I think your right Edd, give a little TLC, these as you know are just babies and have been lifted out from the soil, transported to you and now need time to just settle and recover, some small plants recover faster than others but once the Beech gets going, It will grow for you I feel sure.
Good luck. WeeNel.