Pod

I found a pod the other day.  I saw it, I picked it up and put it in my pocket.

and promptly forgot about it.

Until another day when I put that coat on again, put my hands in my pockets and found said pod.
There had been some discussion on the day of the pod finding.  We were not sure what it was from.  We looked up at the large bare tree in front of us and were frankly none the wiser.  We thought it might be a Davidia pod, but on looking at the leaves on the ground we were pretty sure the majority of them were Liquidamber plus the odd oak leaf here and there.  So I did that thing that often works in such cases.  I put the photo up on twitter and asked the question.

Davidia involucrata came back the response, so mystery solved.  Regular readers may recall that I am partial to a Davidia.  I have a tree already which I mention fairly often.  It has had mishaps of one sort or another which include a chunk of another tree falling on it.  It is not the tallest tree currently in the garden, it stands at around eighteen inches high which makes it more of a glorified twig than an actual tree.  Nonetheless it is loved and I say words of encouragement to it as I pass by.

I am letting the pod dry out and I shall attempt to germinate it.  If this is successful it will be a long patient job to wait for the tree mature.  They are slow growers and can take over ten years to flower.  After doing a little research into how to sow it appears they are slow germinators as well.  Apparently it can take up to two years to see any results.  Anyhoo, I shall give it a go.  What is to lose?

Wish me luck .....

Comments

  1. I hope that when you find the pot with the ID tag, then unreadable, that you remember what it is. Someone said that to plant a tree is to believe in tomorrow. To plant a pod means believing in the day after. Fingers crossed you succeed.

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    1. Thanks, yes that is usually what happens, blurry labels in pots of compost.

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  2. Why not try. How cool you have an id.

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  3. Nice. I am in my second year of growing a seedling of acer p. Osakazuki. It is about 2 inches high at the moment, 3 maybe, so has some catching up to do. This year I have seeds of acer davidii, the snakebark acer, to try to grow. That one gets a lot bigger so I'll have to give it away when its grown for a few years. Good luck with your pod!

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    1. How exciting! Good luck with your new sowings

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  4. I do wish you luck!
    My Davidia is probably about 15 years old, roughly nine feet tall and I’m still waiting for it to bloom. Maybe this year?

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    1. I know they can take ages, it will be great when it does flower though. Gardening really is a test of patience sometimes!

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