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Offline greenbtree

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Starting Bee-Bee trees
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:35:05 PM »
Found a surefire way to start Bee-Bee trees, by accident.  I received an order of seeds, sowed them in a flat, just covering the seed, watered the flat, and covered it in saran wrap. Placed in a warm location.  Monitored moisture level, and waited.  And waited, and waited.  Nothing.  About three to four months later, I forgot about them, one of my pets pulled the saran wrap off and the flat dried out.  Death Valley level of drying out.  About 5 months later I noticed them again, thought, "Well, they are probably toast, but I have noting to lose, and watered them again.  A couple of weeks later, the flat just exploded.  I have over 60 trees.

I wonder if the area of Korea they are native to has a dry season, or if maybe they trigger to a drought followed by rain?

JC
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Re: Starting Bee-Bee trees
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 02:53:49 PM »
Maybe the seeds weren't stratified when you got them.  Causing them not to grow but remain dormant till they were ready.

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Re: Starting Bee-Bee trees
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 03:08:11 PM »
Supposedly the person I got them from stratified them before I bought them, and I followed up doing more cold, moist stratification in the fridge.  Maybe not long enough.  I posted this more for the "don't give up" knowledge that anything.  That and that apparently a wet/dry/wet stratification process works as well or better than a warm/cold/warm one.  I had tried growing bee-bee trees the year before using the cold method, and got a grand total of two.

JC
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Re: Starting Bee-Bee trees
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2013, 05:50:39 PM »
I used the tea stratifying method on Robs website and got 72 out of 72. Planted some, gave lots away and still have some in pots.
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Re: Starting Bee-Bee trees
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013, 07:13:51 PM »
How long does it take these trees to begin flowering?