One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Joan transplants Shortia....after some growing on, they'll get planted out in Fern Valley...wow! they grow up so quickly!
It's been almost a year and a half since we collected the first Shortia seed in North Carolina. We cleaned it, planted it, tended it obsessively and now it's time to transplant the seedlings. In the past, this has been the problematic step. I'm not worried this time.
As a point of interest, there aren't many recorded instances of Shortia propagation by seed. Additionally, this significantly increases the amount germplasm in the ex situ populations of an endangered species.