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WOLLEMI PINE - UPDATE!
January 18th / 2014


Greetings Friends!  As promised, here is the first installment of a series of 'updates' we will be providing on our progress with the Wollemi Pine.  As many of you already know, we are trying our luck at helping the species out by creating a new 'baby' or two, or three....   Here's what's going on so far ~

For those of you who may not be familiar with the "story", here's a brief history.  In late November 2013, B'z Greenhouse acquired a lovely Wollemi Pine, (Wollemia Nobilis), and we published a page about it on our web site, (see HERE).

Our page caught the interest of Sian Thomson, a reporter with the local newspaper Courier-Islander, who published her own story about it, (see HERE), which in turn caught the attention of CBC Radio in Victoria, who contacted us to do a live interview with them about the prehistoric plant.

Even our friends at the Campbell River Garden Club, (visit their site HERE), have had interest in our WOLLEMI, mentioning it in their newsletters.  We are truly HONORED!

WOW!  What amazing feedback and interest we have received from all the publicity.  Dozens of people have come up to the shop to check out the tree for themselves, and we've even had folks ask to be put on a list to purchase any successful attempts we may have at propagating the species!

There is certainly MUCH interest in this plant : )


"B" KEEPER TARAN POSES IN FRONT OF B'Z WOLLEMI PINE

Although we HAVE been taking people's contact information, (in case we ARE successful), we have had to turn down any offers of deposits on plants.  We want to emphasize that we are "experimenting" with trying to make some Wollemi babies, and have no idea whatsoever IF in fact we will be successful in our attempts.  The information we have found on the web for doing such things is often conflicting or 'vague' at best, so it really IS an experiment.  We are keeping detailed notes on everything we do, so if we're successful we'll be able to duplicate the process that got us there.

Since getting our WOLLEMI PINE in November / 2013, we have also gotten our hands on some WOLLEMI PINE SEEDS that we are hoping will germinate.  We have at least 30 of them, and are trying to germinate them in a few different ways.


SOME OF OUR WOLLEMI PINE SEEDS AFTER BEING SOAKED IN WATER

Unfortunately we are are NOT expecting much success with these seeds.  After comparing them to pictures we've seen on the web, they appear to be 'shriveled' and thin.  We've also opened a couple up to view what's inside, and it doesn't look promising.  They may be from young plants, or perhaps were not pollinated.  Maybe we're wrong, but we think it's probably best to expect nothing from these seeds, rather than great success.


A CLOSE UP OF SOME OF OUR WOLLEMI PINE SEEDS

On a more promising note, a month ago we took seven clippings off of various places on our tree.  Here is a shot of the potential new babies, just after they were cut and planted.  From what we understand, it will be approximately another 5 months before we'll know if any of them have rooted.  It's a slow process, but a very exciting one : )


OUR FIRST POTENTIAL "WOLLEMI BABIES" JUST AFTER BEING PLANTED

We've tried a few different soil mediums, as well as different rooting hormones on these first clippings.  Also, we wanted to try clippings from different areas on the tree because of the reports saying that clippings taken from bottom branches will produce a horizontal 'bush' variation of the plant, while upper branch clippings will produce proper vertical 'tree' growing plants.  Hopefully we'll have the opportunity of either confirming or denying these statements.


OUR MOST 'PROMISING' WOLLEMI CLIPPING

The clipping we feel has the most promise is "G", which was taken from the top of a new tree that had sprouted from our WOLLEMI PINE due to 'self coppicing'.  We removed its top and placed it into a sandy soil mixture, similar to the natural conditions these trees come from, so we're watching this baby closely!


BABY "G" (bottom right) AMONGST THE CLIPPINGS FROM VARIOUS SPOTS ON THE TREE

Another thing worth mentioning here is that we recently spoke to a lady who kindly shared with us her story about how she took 70 clippings from WOLLEMI PINES that she owns in the past, and only 2 of them actually took.  Sadly, even the 2 that DID take were 'murdered' (as she put it) by being over watered by her family members!

This was from a woman who KNOWS her plants, so once again we find ourselves TRYING not to expect much, even from our 'promising' clippings.  We're not going to let this news deter us however, and we're STILL optimistic and giving this project our ALL!  ; )


BABY WOLLEMI BROTHERS/SISTERS - SOAKING UP SOME....FOG  :P

Of course our own tree at B'z is full of female cones, (which produce seeds), and it would appear that the new growth that has begun since we got it is going to bear even more of them.  The ones that are currently on the plant should be mature in about a year, (from what we have guess-timated), and each one will most certainly "B" given a chance to germinate.

We are asking that all who read this will keep their fingers, toes, and eyes crossed for us that we will be successful in creating new WOLLEMIA NOBILIS, either by our SEEDS or CLIPPINGS, (or BOTH, of course!).


NEW WOLLEMI PINE SEEDS ON THE WAY! - LRG, MED, and new SMALL CONES COMING!

B'z Greenhouse wants to thank EVERYONE for their kind interest in this story, as well as for the many "well wishes" we have received from so many folks.  We really DO appreciate all the attention we have gotten from ALL of you!    : D


BACK FROM THE DEAD...A PREHISTORIC WONDER!

Naturally, we'll continue with our WOLLEMI PINE UPDATES here at BzGreenhouse.com, and we'll be posting the pages here at the site.  If you'd like to be alerted to our progress, join our MAILING LIST and/or friend us on B'Z FACEBOOK PAGE to stay informed and up to date.

Until next time, Best Wishes!
The "B" Keepers


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PAGE UPDATE  /  JANUARY 23, 2014:

Woo-Hoo!  This article hit the news!  Our thanks to
Sian Thomson and the COURIER-ISLANDER!  :-D
http://www.courierislander.com/no-babies-yet-but-things-look-promising-for-prehistoric-plant-1.797331