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On 12/2/2017 at 6:43 PM, Gimli said:

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59 days since sown...

 

75 days and just breaking the surface. I have been wondering why Sandalwood throws out 2 shoots. Could it be for extra photosynthesis for the bigger shoot? Or if one is stood on or eaten it will be survived by the other?

 

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Earlier this year I was made aware of a single Sandalwood tree in the Perth metro area. How it came to be there no one knows, but it has been there for quite some time going by the size of the trunk but unfortunately it did not set seed.

 

These are the flowers..

 

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On 11/19/2017 at 3:33 PM, Gimli said:

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Gave some of my jam seedlings a cracked Sandalwood nut. Will keep under indirect light and a little moisture to mimic good rains around the April time

 

On 12/2/2017 at 6:43 PM, Gimli said:

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59 days since sown...

 

One has been put in the ground, one I donated to a friend, one is being used for my Quandong experiment and 2 others had the sandalwood nut removed for whatever reason. The 6th one has done more in 35 days than those seed in pots by themselves have done in 81 days. All got the same indirect light, watering etc

 

Without jam: 59 days and it only has a tiny radicle (as seen above)

With jam: 35 days and it's full blown roots (as seen below)

 

The 2 photos below is the nut that was in with a jam seedling. As you can see, the cotyledons? is emerging for a second time as the first was damaged. I pulled the soil away and could not find the presence of haustoria? Could there be something in the soil provided by the Acacia that causes it to do more in a quicker time period? Excess nitrogen perhaps? If so, how does this role work within the germination process?

 

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Here is one from 4/10/2017

 

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I need to run this experiment.

 

XX cracked seed w/o host in pot

XX cracked seed w/ host in pot

and maybe:

XX cracked seed w/o host in pot + excess nitrogen in soil mix?

 

Could I do it with only 10 of each or would more be required for a reliable "scientific" result?

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16/12/17 - planted 24x cracked nuts into 50mm seedling planter pots

16/1/18 - scraped away the soil from 4 random pots and all are germinating

 

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4/10/17 sown. Will see how long it lives by itself

 

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Planted together with a jam seedling to see how they grow together

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Cracked seed sown 16/12/17 as part of a germination percentage experiment.

 

In a few months I will be helping establish near 300 acres with jams and next year we'll be doing the Sandalwood. Going to be fun!

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While sitting in the plantation today I got to thinking about grafting

 

Some species of Santalum are quick growers but the oils from them is considered inferior, so like sticking a Lophophora on pere or pachanoi? 

 

I wonder if it would be a worthwhile prospect? 

 

Need a source for Santalum album seed now...

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Managed to get a few minutes to stop and get some photos from around the plantation

 

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Sandalwood flowers. For all the flowers in the second photo, it will only set maybe 4-5 fruits maximum.

 

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Absolutely love the color of the foliage! Some leaves are short/wide and some are narrow/long. Can find both types in full sun or part sun

 

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Acacia aneura - most hosts in the more arid areas of Australia are this species. Otherwise known as 'Mulga'. A dense wood. Great to use in your camp fire when out bush. Unlike other woods that go cold in your fire pit, mulga will stay hot until the next morning, even in frosty conditions. Scrape out the charcoal at the bottom, chuck some twigs on and away you go.

 

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Sandalwood growing like weeds. We have to remove all excess seedlings as to not overload the hosts and the host:sandalwood ratio

 

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This little specimen really wanted to live. The kernel was approx 100mm under the rock. Can't wait to see it in some years, pushing the rock.

 

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Husk decaying, a cracked nut and a seedling in one. Perfect.

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Nice work you're doing.  Have you ever seen Sandalwood fasten onto an exotic nitrogen fixing plants , e.g., Leucaena leucocephala, Poinciana ?  Would you be using exotic hosts in your experiments? 

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11 hours ago, Ozbek said:

Nice work you're doing.  Have you ever seen Sandalwood fasten onto an exotic nitrogen fixing plants , e.g., Leucaena leucocephala, Poinciana ?  Would you be using exotic hosts in your experiments? 

 

No, I have not. 99% of the hosts we have are Acacia acuminata broad phyllode. A handful of Allocasurina spp and a single A acuminata narrow phyllode.

 

No experiments here - fully working plantation!  :)

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On ‎10‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 1:07 AM, Gimli said:

The usual host tree in plantations is the Acacia acuminata. Other host plants can be Acacia victoriae (and other nitrogen fixing plants - so other FABACEAE also?). Even Casurina obesa can be used. The common host in the wild is Acacia aneura (Mulga), which is also extremely slow growing. I will be doing some experiments to see if they are able to use Eucalyptus for hosts, among some other Genus

 

 

On ‎3‎/‎29‎/‎2018 at 8:52 PM, Gimli said:

No, I have not. 99% of the hosts we have are Acacia acuminata broad phyllode. A handful of Allocasurina spp and a single A acuminata narrow phyllode.

 

No experiments here - fully working plantation!  :)

 

Have you given up on the experiments mentioned in your 1st post? :wink:

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Oh right, I forgot - I have a million things on my mind at any time.

I found out that someone did it only recently, with about 30 or so species. I'll have to find the link to published results.

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On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 9:34 AM, Gimli said:

Oh right, I forgot - I have a million things on my mind at any time.

I found out that someone did it only recently, with about 30 or so species. I'll have to find the link to published results.

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On 10/7/2017 at 9:24 PM, Gimli said:

@mr b.caapi

 

I have some (8) seedlings in pots too. Hopefully can do a give away/trade with them for Perth folk, assuming they survive the transplant, which is why I am waiting. I counted 19 germinations under a single tree. Crazy.

 




I would love to buy/trade for some Santalum spicata please!


 

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@mr b.caapi here's one of those battle hardened specimens we both enjoy :)

 

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Gnarly !  :wub:

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A few of the few dozen germinated Santalum spicatum seedlings in my yard. Popping up everywhere at the moment, right on schedule. Got a few pop up in the row of Acacia acuminata in my yard, 1:1 ratio again of host:sandalwood.

 

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I have a single Sandalwood seedling, sown 4/10/2017, still on its own.

I'll grab a photo tomorrow. Only about 15cm tall.

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You can see how the seedling has sucked all the energy from the kernel during its germination.

 

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Above seedling transplanted onto Acacia obtusifolia. This will get sun from noon onwards

 

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Most mature set of twins I've seen. Usually the weaker one dies off but it's good to see not all

 

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Started potting up a bunch of self sown seedlings to go over east.

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Another year, another load of sandalwood seed...

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This is a really great thread, saving this one to read later. Would be great to make some sandalwood extracts, or essential oil. Stuff smells so nice! 

 

Really great thread and work you've put into this! Would be great to grow some of my own sandalwood, just need to get some established acacias first, but that wont be hard.

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Variegated? This has been yellow from the get go. Never seen one like it in the hundreds/thousands I've grown, all in the same potting mix

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