Sunday, December 17, 2017

First Seedlings

Ten days after the seeds were sown, the first of our TreeProject seedlings popped up today:
These are Acacia montana, the mallee wattle. There are three seedlings poking out of the gravel in that photo, although it might be hard to see them because two still have their dark seed case covering part of their pinkish leaves. This morning there were none up, this evening there are seedlings showing in 11 of the 48 tubes of this species. These seeds had to be rubbed with sandpaper then soaked in boiling water before sowing, so seeing the first ones appear is good as it means the pre-treatment worked.

There are another 6 boxes (which are of 5 different species) still to show signs of life.