arborday.org tree update
My 'twigs' from arboday.org have all been safely planted, so here's an update on what lived and what died. Of the ten free seedlings, they're all doing well except the two redbuds (both dead) and one of the sergeant crabapples. I looked closer at the dead crab and there's a small amount of root showing, so either the dirt settled or I didn't plant it deep enough or it just plain died. Redbuds are a dime a dozen around here anyway. Of those I still have the white dogwood, hawthorn, golden raintree, and a crabapple. I also ordered a bunch of other seedlings. Sadly, the one I most wanted to live is gone. The tulip tree was looking more and more like a stick in the ground, and it snapped right off at the base yesterday when I tugged. The locust tree has no leaves on it either, although I bent the very tip of it and it's still green... not sure what's going on there. I also had a (free with every order!) red maple I kind of just stuck in the garden for lack of a better place, and it also appears to be dead or dying. Those were a fun project but I realized I don't really want to wait 10 years for these to be a decent size anyway. I think they were somewhat doomed to fail, they came with barely any roots on them. I also got a Japanese maple that seems to be doing ok. The leaves look a little wilty despite plenty of water, I don't know if that's just the nature of the plant or what. I really hope this one makes it. It's a cool tree and I haven't seen very many around here. The two forsythias are doing great, and the two lilacs are also doing well. All in all they're a fun, cheap project, but go in with low expectations and a lot of patience! The ten free flowering trees, in pots for now. The japanese maple.