Re: a forestry question
Edna M Weigel (email@example.com)
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 10:31:47 -0700
Bargyla Rateaver wrote:
... pines, like most plants and surely all conifers, need the
mycorrhizal fungi inoculant when planting seeds. Esp if you are going to
in pots, you just must buy the inoculant. It costs very little when you
of how little is needed, and how extremely valuable they are.
Good point, but I have the impression one can "inoculate" a new
planting simply by adding a little soil from under a healthy stand of
similar trees. A friend told me as little as 1 teaspoon of native soil
along with a bare root fruit tree can make a BIG difference in the health
of the transplant. Of course, when one starts with seeds or bare root
trees, buying an inoculant may be the best choice, and I'm not against
This, of course, goes against the advice from my master gardener
class, which emphasized the need to sterilize everything in sight, but
then I don't follow much of what I "learned" in that class, anyway.
I'd be interested in other people's experience using soil from
under similar trees for new plantings.
Best regards, Edna
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