I started repotting this year’s crop of seedlings by stepping up a number of 1 year-old red pine seedlings.
Red pine seedlings
Instead of making seedling-cuttings, I’m letting my seedlings grow this year as I’m aiming to produce larger specimens. Letting the seedlings grow saved me some time in summer and it yielded some great roots.
3″ seedling – roots over 2′ long
Most of the seedlings went into fairly small containers (see “Repotting 1 year-old black pines” for details).
Freshly repotted red pine seedlings
The largest specimens went straight into baskets.
1 year-old red pine seedling
Giving the roots extra room to grow will speed development and ease future repottings at the cost of bench space for the next year. It’s a fine trade-off for a small number of trees and I appreciate that the larger containers dry out less frequently. In the next few weeks I’ll repot 2 year-old specimens into these same baskets – a process that’s a bit more involved as the trees are a lot bigger at 2 years than they are at one.
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