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Taxus Bacatta

Post  Wesley on Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:48 pm

Hi,

Yesterday i found this taxus at an old house, that soon will be pulled down. The tree was already digged up, and it took 2 men to lift it.
Now i need to put it in the ground asap, and let it grow for the next two years, if it will survive.

On the first picture i placed a wine cork on it to get an idea of the size.

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Post  peter keane on Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:04 am

that's a great find! I came across two yews under similar circumstances. One was in a pile of them after being pulled by a backhoe. Another was on the sidewalk awaiting trash collection with roots up. In the second case, I was quite lucky that the weather was misting for two days prior to my finding it.

if realistic, I would inspect the shape of the rootball for making a wooden box 2 cm wider and deeper. I would fill the gap with a free-draining mix that has some peat humus or compost mixed in. Water sparingly to force feeder roots into the existing soil. Putting the tree in the ground for two years means that you'll have to collect it all over again.

oh yeah. one more point, spray the foliage with an anti-dessicant to prevent it from drying out until it produces new roots.


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Post  Guest on Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:47 pm

Lovely Yew stump Wesley. Is it a prostrate form? The leaves look larger than normal.

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Post  bisjoe on Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:13 pm

Great find, and you have time to stock up on grinder bits. That's going to be a fun project.

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Post  Wesley on Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:24 pm

I don't know if it is prostrate form, i haven't seen it before i found it.

Today i did make a wooden box. It needs to get a little higher, so all its roots will be covered.

Some pictures.




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Post  Jacos on Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:39 pm

Hi Wesley,

You got your hand full with that specimen.
I can understand you need a Leffe beer to grasp that.

Krgds,
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Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:01 pm

Excellent stump. I'd recommend that you add some bonemeal and/or lime to the mix. Yews really appreciate it. I'm sure you'll have no problem with this one. They do tend to come back really well, with just a very little of the white fleshy roots collected, so long as they haven't dried out.

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Post  Harleyrider on Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:57 pm

I'm glad you decided to make a box for this monster! You probably would have needed a mining permit to dig a hole big enough to take it!

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Post  Wesley on Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:04 pm

Harleyrider wrote:I'm glad you decided to make a box for this monster! You probably would have needed a mining permit to dig a hole big enough to take it!
Laughing

My first priority will be to to keep it alive. I'm not even thinking of digging it up again. Wink

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Post  Klaudia & Martin on Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:05 am

Hello Wesley

What a nice find! Congratulations!

But one question. The earth in the rootball looks claylike. Did you wash out the roots before planting it in the box?

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Martin

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Post  Wesley on Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:48 pm

@ Klaudia and Martin.

I washed out the roots, but not all of them, then i planted it in a ground with a good drainage.
It is the first time i do this, so i hope i can keep it alive.

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Post  gregb on Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:46 am

Klaudia & Martin wrote:Hello Wesley

What a nice find! Congratulations!

But one question. The earth in the rootball looks claylike. Did you wash out the roots before planting it in the box?

Best regards
Martin

I have to agree the soil you have it in looks like it's very fine and will become compacted and drain poorly in a short time. I hate to suggest you do it over and use 1/4" particle size pumice or something very similar, but it's hard to watch a tree slowly suffocate to death too. Grow-boxes work when the "soil" we use is fast draining allowing more oxygen to the root zone and facilitating the growth of new feeder roots. Good luck to you whatever you decide to do Question

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Post  Klaudia & Martin on Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:52 pm

Hello Wesley

I washed out the roots, but not all of them, then i planted it in a ground with a good drainage.
I surely can not say that you will fail !!! I only want to share my own experience/show my mistakes.
Some years ago I digged out 8 yew, all multitrunk, more slim, 3-4 meters, cut down to 80 cm. This was done in autum. They were all planted into ground. Their rootball was mainly kind of clay. The plantingground was fine sand (ordinary gartenground).
The following spring to summer everything went fine...signs of growing lots of buds.
Than slowly the leaves started to dry and die at the end of summer.
I was thinking about a repotting (....but in summer...)....so I don't.
The following spring 5 were dead! I repotted the other 3 (washing out the roots) but it was to late they died later too.

SO...WHY....?
I closely inspected the tree....they all had to much moisture in the main rootball, fungus and rot!
The reason for that was the clay in the roots BUT not only! It is more the differenz between the clay and the surrounding "sand".

Enough water for the clay means dry sand all around!
Enough water for the sand means rot in the clay!
Clay in clay and sand in sand will be ok (as a lot people do).

Personally I do now wash out (or "shake" with pines) the roots.
I'm risking the trees live sure but with a healhty tree and new good drainage ground the tree will have a real good chance and never have rot again!

Kind regards
Martin

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