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TOPIC: My Dad's Michigan plants

My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6416

Years ago I took some plants out of a 2 yr old bed and transplanted them into my dad's back yard in northern Mich. He moved about 11 yrs ago and transplanted some of those roots on a side hill (north facing) at his new home. I need to get some of this dirt and have it analyzed, because it obviously has the \"right stuff.\"



That was last year, we visited a little later in the summer this year and I noticed that the chipmunks or mice were getting the seed. My dad had failed to plant the seed last year, so we planted all these seeds in the vicinity.



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Re:My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6418

Cool!

I've heard that some growers take soil samples in areas where wild roots flourish and adjust their garden soil to match it.

Is that U.P. Michigan?

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Re:My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6419

No, it is near Standish, just getting into the northern LP.

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Re:My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6427

The big healthy plants in that top picture sort of favor the ones I found growing on a east facing limestone bluff back on Sept 3.

Big healthy plants, broad leaves, big berry pods.

Here is a couple pics of the tops:



Now that is a sweet 3.
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Re:My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6428

This nice 4 was growing just around the hill from that 3 a bit:

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Re:My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6429

I love to see those plants that are obviously very healthy - big broad leaves, heavy stems, big berry pods.

Here is what one of the roots looked like (look at all the root hairs) and the soil. The soil was just full of limestone rock flakes/chips and I am sure very high calcium & other minerals.

Think I will take another hike down to that bluff and get me a soil sample to send off from that location - it would be nice to know exactly how that soil test out.

I wish I had a 10-15 acres of land with dirt and light conditions like that.

That root weighed 1.5 oz and looked to be 5-6 years old.

TNhunter

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Re:My Dad's Michigan plants 7 years 2 months ago #6434

Very nice plants and roots. These are all pics of the same plants. Just 13 months apart.

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