Jonas and BT forum members,
Two years ago my brother in law bought me black pine seeds from an online source. I was amazed at how many were viable and produced seedlings. This year, inspired by your black pine from seed post I am trying to collect them myself.
Near us we have countless black pines growing in the local landscapes. I have already collected many pinecones but have some questions about selecting a parent tree.
Some JBP have really long needles here (6-8") and some seem to have much shorter needles (3-5"). Do you take this into account when selecting a parent tree or do you think this only is a reflection of the growing conditions?
When you say “good bark” what specific characteristics are you looking for? Are there particular hallmarks that make it good or bad to you?
There seems to be a wide spectrum to the amount of resin covering the cones. One of my favorite parent trees seems to have every cone completely covered in resin. Is this just natural variance or something else?
Some cones seem to come off relatively easy whereas others I have to spin around until they finally give way. Does this mean I should wait longer on these cones?
Thank you for the wonderful post and blog.