Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba bonsai

Ginkgo Biloba Bonsai

We spied some seeds at the asian market and got them.  Because the Ginkgo needs freezing and warming temperatures, we just threw them in an outdoor pot to see what happens in spring, 2017.

I've always admired the shape of the leaves and think this is a good tree to grow from seed to a nice bonsai.

2017-03-28 - Lovely Leaf Growth
Ginkgo Biloba Seedlings

The seedlings have leafed out.  The leaves are this super placid green color...  very relaxing to behold.

They are all doing well and have been moved outside for the nice weather.

Ginkgo Biloba

2017-03-05 - Macro Bud Shot

The Ginkgos continue to do well and continue with their growth.  The leaves are getting darker green and the stems are getting darker brown.  It is quite novel to have a bunch of these little trees around.

2017-03-01 - Buds Are Greening!

Ginkgo Biloba Breaking Dormancy

We have some green budding activity! Hooray!  I won't bore everyone with multiple photos of non-descript little gingko buds, so I'll just post the best photo...

Not even a hint of gender yet.  Oh well...

The seller (Etsy Livingston Citrus) advised that it will be 5 to 10 years to identify gender of these Ginkos. Livingston Citrus has many varities of Ginkgo trees... just in case you're wondering...

Ginkgo Biloba Dormant

2017, 02-26 - Potting Up

It is hard to tell if the buds are swelling up here.  Sticks don't show up well in a photograph with other plants in the background.

The little sticks started showing some new root growth, so they went into the pots this morning after a good dusting of Mykos around the roots.

We're putting Mykos on the roots of all our plants during potting and re-potting.

2017, 02-21 - Seedlings Arrived!
Gingko Biloba, Dormant Seedlings

The seedlings have pretty good root systems. Instructions are not to put them in large pots, so these will probably start in the little 4" grow pots. Something to do in the morning.

Interested in seeing how old the trees are before being able to identify male and female buds. Amazing that these little twigs are 1 year plants already.

Ginkgo Biloba Female Tree
2017, 02-17 - Buying Seedlings

As usual, no luck sprouting seeds, so we ended up buying a small
Ginkgo Biloba Male Tree
lot of these trees.  They were inexpensive and easy shipping, so why not??!! We are getting six little 1 year old trees. They will be bare naked until spring.  The trick will be determining the males from females.  It seems that even at an early age it is easy to identify male and female trees based on the buds!

Ginkgo Biloba seeds

Sprouting Seeds

There is a lot of detail about stratification and scarification of the Ginkgo seeds.  The trees can end up being male or female.  I'm hoping for male trees, as the fruits and seeds are not recommended as a dietary food and can be caustic to handle.