HOW TO GROW CEDARS

If you have become a happy owner of the cedar nuts already sprouted from the Public Organisation «Cedars of Ukraine» or sprouted them yourself, the next step will be their planting in pots. We recommend to bring soil from the forest for them or to acquire the one for conifers. Prepare deep pots or vases, at least 15 cm deep. Plant seedlings with rootlets (white tails) downward, the heads (nuts) themselves may be slightly peeking out on the surface. Water them a little every other day.

Dip your fingers into the water for irrigation, think about something good and pleasant, dream of a happy, healthy future for your family, relatives, your descendants. For several centuries your little cedar will sprout and remember all  your wishes through water, it will help to fulfil.

If you have planted cedar sprouts in small cups with us, then as soon as the cedar tree trunks are «dressed in the bark» (they will become brown), they must be transplanted into larger pots, at least 15 cm deep.

If you have several nuts planted in one cup, you can transplant them, after the trunks of ALL cedars are dressed in the bark.

Try to carry out the transplantation with a whole clod of earth, without damaging the roots. To do this, you can carefully cut a plastic cup, get a seedling with a clod of earth and put it into a new pot.

It is desirable to grow cedars at home in these deep pots up to 3 years. In summer they can and should be kept outdoors in the shade. Having been tempered this way in summer, they can be left outdoors in winter.

Three years later in the late autumn, during the rainy season, they can already be planted on a permanent place. The best place for planting cedars is the one sheltered from the scorching sun and wind, under the canopy of other trees and shrubs which will serve them as nannies for the first year.

It is advisable to put last year’s fir-needle at the bottom of the pit, fill it up with the prepared soil and plant a little cedar gently distributing the spine in the pit, water and mulch it generously with the last year’s fir-needle. It is also good to put pieces of mushrooms under mulch, such as slippery jacks or porcini mushroom for the most important symbiosis of mushrooms and tree roots — the formation of mycorhiza.

A pit with a planted cedar is best fenced from the sun, wind and urine of dogs, which are fatal for young seedlings. In the early years on arid summer days they need additional watering. Visit them often, spend time, share the inmost and will notice your pets grow stronger and give you a hundredfold return of their attention and care.

Public Organisation «Cedars of Ukraine»

 

 

 

Фото Ирины Киселевой.

The little cedars with the trunks «dressed in the bark» can aleady be transplanted into individual pots.

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