Has anyone grown your own trees/bushes.

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by dKoester, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've been growing my own boxwoods for a while with success. Are any of you interested in this if so i'll help you learn some vital tricks to produce nursery quality stock. I'll be on later this evening to help. Got questions just ask.
     
  2. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes I would like some helpful points? Also what types of plants/ trees should a nursery have? Thank you.
     
  3. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Where do you want to start.
     
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    I like to grow Althea trees/bushes and concentrate on two varieties of Boxwoods English and Wintergreen. First you need some supplies. I get my pots from Grower Supplies very cheap and buy bulk potting mix.
     
  5. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Your nursery should have bushes and trees that sell and have quick movement. You don't want to be stuck with plants that nobody wants to buy.
     
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Taking cuttings of boxwoods is very simple. first, take cuttings from new shoots after they have hardened off some which is when the stems get a little less bendable. 3-5 inches long. Take the bottom leaves off dip in rooting hormone shake off excess. Then insert into potting mix in pots. Water is the key, soak the mix before inserting the cutting. Cuttings should be kept in the shade away from the hot sun. Keep the cuttings moist by watering the cuttings 2-3 times a day. In two months new cuttings should have several white roots.
     
  7. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    How long until you sale them?
     
  8. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
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    Rodney Where in ky are you. I have a few acres of different things.
     
  9. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
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    ive never tried growing my own shrubs but i do grow my own annuals, its just easuer this way for me. i control the quality, there;s no guessing game on what im being sent, i have them when i want them dont have to wait on delivery from another state, plus it gives us something to do in the early early spring and late summer. i grow about 180 flats of 4" (18 a tray) and about 65 flats of 6" (12 to a tray) in the spring and then about 280 flats of 4" in the fall. its works out nice
     
  10. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    For Boxwoods the time before you are able to sell them is just under 3 years depending on the size of the cuttings. The drawback for larger cuttings is that they loose water faster due to the cutting having more leaves. 3-5 inch cuttings work great.
     

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