Blight-resistant Butternut Seedlings
May 4, 2008
Update: May 20, 2010
Leeds Stewardship Council Technician Donna O’Connor dropped off a small bundle of butternut seedlings last week, so I looked around among the plantings for spaces to use them as replacements. Of the resistant seedlings only one had died, so I popped a new one in. In the larger grove of 100 butternuts planted in 2006 I planted six more, three of the spaces created by navigation errors with the mower. Another four were dispersed (with cute pink flags) across the youngest walnut field, where spaces were not wanting.
This seems to show that butternuts, if planted in well-drained soil, are healthy and vigorous. So far.
Update: July 17, 2008
I see this article has received a number of hits, so I’ll add an update.
All thirty of the seedlings are doing well. The Roundup application set them back a little, but then they rebounded and are growing well.
The rest of the plantation is first-year walnuts planted from seeds last fall. They have grown quite well in the wet weather, showing stress only after Roundup applications and when we had three days without rain on one occasion. The ceiling may collapse during an August drought, but so far so good.
Leeds County Stewardship Coordinator Martin Streit arrived on Friday morning with thirty seedlings and their paraphernalia. They have become row 16 of the new walnut field. Yesterday I finished the job. Actually planting the trees is nothing compared to the task of writing out the identification tags, fastening them to the little pieces of stainless steel wire, tying the wire to the stakes, sorting and placing the stakes, applying the mulch mats, stapling the mats into the sometimes stony ground, twisting those absurd plastic spirals down over the whole thing, including the hapless seedling which the spiral often dwarfed.
I’ll include a band around the mats as part of the Roundup project for this year, giving the little guys every chance to grow without competition and leaving a large enough footprint that they don’t get mowed in error.
The 30 resistant butternut seedlings have been planted at the
N 44 39.791′
W 76 13.653′
N 44 39.779′
W 76 13.637′
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