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Purchase Dwarf & Semi-Dwarf Seedlings (4 Replies)

Posted February 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Where can I purchase seedlings for dwarf & semi-dwarf fir, pine and spruce trees? Specifically I am looking for Abies × ‘Leuteneggeri’ (Grand × White fir hybrid), Picea orientalis ‘Aurea Spictata,’ Pinus parviflora ‘Tenysu-kazu’ , aka Goldylocks, Pinus flexilis ‘Cesarini Blue,’ Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke,’ and Picea glauca ‘Daisy’s White’ seedlings. If you don’t know about these specifically, but do know a good dwarf & semi-dwarf conifer seedling supplier, I would appreciate that as well.

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Posted February 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

Hi Jim, You have listed specific cultivars but have asked for seedlings. Normally and ethically seedlings from specific cultivars are not sold under the original cultivar name since they are no longer genetically identical to the original cultivar selection. Cultivars are propagated asexually (Grafting, cuttings, etc) so that each new plant is genetically identical to the original and are then offered under that cultivar name. So by any chance are you looking for young grafted plants instead? If so, than many nurseries, including my own offer those. Ted Hildebrant, Coldwater Pond Nursery.

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Posted February 8, 2018 at 7:56 am

Hi Jim … Ted is absolutely correct. All of those plants you’ve listed are never reproduced by germinating seedlings. They are mostly grafted and in the of ‘Daisy’s White’ they are produced through rooting cuttings.
All of these are fairly easy to locate in the trade. I highly recommend you contact some of the growers and nurseries listed in the Nursery Discount Program. You should be able to get them all in pretty short order. Good luck!

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Posted February 8, 2018 at 10:42 am

Ted, I fairly new to conifers, so appreciate the info/education! I will contact you through your nursery website.

Conifer Editor and Ted, to clarify, if it ends up making any difference: I only got so specific as these were the ones that caught my eye when reviewing the database … I went in with the intent of simply finding dwarf/semi-dwarf conifers that could serve others as Living Christmas Trees before being planted outside. As for the propagation method, I am just looking for the least expensive trees I can find, and I assumed those would be seedlings (don’t want to start from seeds). I would be growing them to a usable height. So to clarify, are you guys saying there are absolutely no dwarfs/semi-dwarfs that can be purchased as seedlings anywhere? If that is the case, I would go down the grafting/root cuttings route. Thanks much!

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Posted February 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Jim, that’s a fairly safe assumption. Even if a seedling is sourced from a dwarf cultivar, there is no no guarantee that the resulting plant will be dwarf; just like the children of dwarf people often grow to human-typical proportions. Plus there aren’t a lot of growers out there working with a commercial quantities of dwarf seed stock.
The market price for freshly grafted conifers is typically around $15-25, depending on rarity. I’m not sure if you would consider this expensive.

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