If you can ‘plant it’. I sort of stuck it to the branch!
Under the Apple Tree garden
Wow … I’ve never heard of nor seen anyone do that before! I’ll enjoy watching the progress.
Will it hurt the tree? Or maybe that’s just an old myth?
I hope it won’t hurt the tree. Mistletoe is only a hemiparasite, as it can photosynthesise but it does take moisture via its ‘root’. I think one or two growing would be ok but I agree too many and I think it would stress the tree especially as it is quite old.
Here they only grow in oak and mesquite trees. I don’t know if that means they are host-specific. Should be an interesting experiment.
That is interesting… I had to google mesquite tree….but although we have plenty of oaks I have not yet seen mistletoe in them. I’m sure you are right, the mistletoe must be different. In England it is traditionally found in apple orchards but I have spent the whole winter trying to spy a plant that is in easy reach so I could borrow a few seeds. Dispite the number of orchards in Kent I have only found it high up in lime trees (Tilia ), so I had to buy this seed. The instructions say it will grow on apple, lime, poplar, false accacia, hawthorn and Rosaceae shrubs but I have put it all in the apple tree as that is all I have. It says it is also very slow to get going… so this may be a long term project!
A botanist once told me you can plant a mistletoe seed by kind of wrapping it in scraped together birdpoo.
Next you either find a little protected nook in the tree, like where two branches split and put it there. Or you can try to lift a little bark with a knife and put the seed/poo package underneath.
The poo seems to be necessary to make the seed germinate.
The rain will wash it off if you just smear it on. Good luck with this!
I had not heard that before! Now, bird poo, in the form of chicken poo, is not something I am short of!!! I shall see what I can do! I hope the wild birds have not eaten the seeds already!
If you run out of seeds for mistletoe let me know. That is something I have plenty of. My cherry trees have very healthy mistletoe plants on them. I thought that mistletoe will eventually kill the branches of a tree. It is definitely a parasitic plant. However, it is also a source of food for some animals.
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