It will be out tomorrow!
That’s the text message I got from a customer along with this photo:
Florida panhandle. Sawtooth oak planted as 12″ seedling in mid-March, 2013. Today is May 7, 2013. Tomorrow – and yes it will be tomorrow given that fact it’s now growing more than one inch per day – it will emerge from its 4ft tree tube.
Update: Yes, it did grow out the top today!
Another update, two days later:
California Native Oaks gets a boost
There are many obstacles to re-establishing California’s gorgeous native oaks: Livestock, compacted soils, invasive/exotic grasses and other weed competition, restrictions or impracticality of using fire (an oak’s best friend) as a management tool, and high deer populations, to name a few.
One project is off to a great start, thanks to a dedicated project manager and 5ft and 6ft Tubex Combitube Tree Tubes with t-posts for stakes (and a short steel stake opposite to prevent cattle from spinning the tubes).
OK, This Is Just Craziness!
As of last week this tree – which hasn’t started growing yet this year – was 9ft 8in tall.
It – a hybrid oak seedling – was planted as an 18 inch tall seedling. When was it planted you ask? Get this: November, 2011. How many growing seasons have their been between November, 2011 and April, 2013? One.
Yes, this tree grew 8ft 2in in one growing season! It was started in a 4ft tree tube… which it quickly outgrew. Then a 2ft tree tube extender was added above the 4ft tube… which must have acted like a rocket launcher because the tree shot out the top of that in a hurry. Once the tree grew past the browse line the tube extender was removed (and reused elsewhere).
The thing is, I know there are even faster growing trees out there.
The Rest of the Story in Central Kentucky
Customers often ask: Sure tree tubes speed up growth in year one, but what do the trees look like 4 or 5 years down the line? Is there still a benefit?
The first and most obvious benefit 4 or 5 years down the line is that you actually have a tree, as compared to replanting several times after deer eat your trees.
But a much better – and more visible answer – comes from a customer in Central Kentucky who started using tree tubes nearly ten years ago. Take a look:
Wildlife Habitat Planting, Central Kansas
(Planted spring 2012)
July 17, 2012 email from the customer: Hi Chris, I ordered tree tubes and weed barrier back in April from you. I planted trees all over my pasture and ended up planting 135 oaks and walnuts. I am so glad that I chose to use your tubes and weed barrier as we are in a severe drought and I do not think I would have any left without them… Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your advice and help on my first tree planting endeavor!
Oak Savannah & Prairie Restoration, Northern Illinois Planted spring, 2012
Emails from the customer: Hi Chris, Just a quick update. I planted Catalpa tree seeds in my house in early March. I transplanted them in the tree tubes in May. I checked the tree tubes today and found them emerging from the tops of the 5 foot tubes! In just 4 months in the middle of a drought! I am sold on your tree tubes!!! Then a month later: By the way, we had a couple of storms recently with 60 to 70 MPH winds and the tubes stood up to it very well.