OK, it’s not exactly a forest — yet.
But the trees I’ve started from seed will eventually have to be moved outdoors. Or I may have to cut holes in my roof to accommodate them.
I love growing things from seed. And my latest “baby” is an apple tree I’m calling Johnny Appleseed, in tribute to the American pioneer nurseryman known for introducing apple trees to large parts of the United States and Canada.
I planted some seeds straight from the apple, and lo and behold, one has popped up and is growing quickly.
I also have two “Christmas trees” — a.k.a. Picea abies, the Norway spruce or European spruce — I started from seed.
And there is my peach tree — again started straight from a freshly eat fruit two or three summers ago. As you can see in the picture above, it is getting big. I won’t be able to plant it outdoors in this northern climate, so it’s inside to stay — though I can put it out on the deck during the summer.
Speaking of the deck, I always have a lot of plants out there spring and summer, including tomato plants. This past autumn, I brought a couple of the tomato plants indoors and, wouldn’t you know it, they are still producing fruit.
Other seedling successes: one Lophophora williamsii, also known as the peyote cactus, and several San Pedro cactus — which can grow up to 20 feet tall, even more! Yes, I like to walk on the exotic psychedelic side with plants, even though I would never sacrifice one for personal use. They are my babies, and I delight in watching them grow.
I’ll spare you the details of all the other plants in my home.
How about you? Have you started anything from seed indoors that you are proud of?