[NATURAL] Callitris rhomboidea - Redsonic

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Re: [NATURAL] Callitris rhomboidea - Redsonic

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This little tree has produced some cones, which I am keen to propagate from as this Callitris seems to do well in my environment. A bit of research tells me the cones can stay on the tree for up to 2 years (!) before ripening so this has limited my ability to prune properly. The first branch (which carries the most cones) is already too thick so I have trimmed back the foliage here and elsewhere to encourage growth where I want it, but it will be a compromise to keep the cones, and the tree is unlikely to look great by October.
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That's fantastic Sonya! It's looking good too! Hope you can get some seed.
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melbrackstone wrote: April 30th, 2021, 4:32 pm That's fantastic Sonya! It's looking good too! Hope you can get some seed.
If I do, and they germinate, you are welcome to a couple of seedlings. I have a couple of baby Casuarina equisetifolia with your name on them ;)
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If I do, and they germinate, you are welcome to a couple of seedlings. I have a couple of baby Casuarina equisetifolia with your name on them ;)
Lovely!! Thank you! :)
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I have not pruned or shaped this tree since I decided to propagate the seeds, so it has grown rank with branches thickening in the wrong places. Last Autumn, it developed male cones with lots of pollen released every time I tapped the foliage. I have tried to show the male cones near the female ones:
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My reading told me that the female cones take 2 years to develop on the tree. Maybe they are infertile until the tree produces pollen like this one did. They look close to ready, so if I can harvest the seeds this Spring, I may have some time to develop the tree before the new due date.
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