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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 7:32 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Hmm. I bought and planted a tree from you years ago. I wonder if I should start digging...

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Why Q ilex? Isn't that becoming a weed in some places?

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Why Q ilex? Isn't that becoming a weed in some places?


Presumably, it's becoming a weed because it grows well. Sounds like the kind of thing you want in a plant, should you wish to grow lots of them. Maybe it isn't a weed if it's growing for a purpose?

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Exciting! The oak we had from you is about five and doing really well. Truffles in a year or so would just be an added bonus.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Presumably, it's becoming a weed because it grows well. Sounds like the kind of thing you want in a plant, should you wish to grow lots of them. Maybe it isn't a weed if it's growing for a purpose?


Yeah, or maybe it's easier to innoculate, or shows the strongest symbiosis with the fungi? Dunno, that's why I asked

Truffle



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Q.ilex is a great host tree for the winter truffle in drier climes. We planted a handful on some of our plantations as an experiment, along with beech, birch, hazel, english oak.
Hopefully we'll get some good data this year, when the farmers finally start looking!
Anything that you guys find that looks like a truffle, send me a picture and I'll ID it for you

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


BahamaMama



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Yup definitely a truffle

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As I thought, but it's always nice to have an expert confirmation. Thanks.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



i recon i can teach hounds to find those

Truffle



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick- that's too hard from a photo, I'm going to need samples...

Cathryn



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wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 15 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think I'd need dogs to find those.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 15 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Holm oak is now classified as an honorary native (according to Forestry Commission)because it's naturalised across quite a lot of the country

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We don't have many of them round here. There is one in the village that has actually been left as part of redevelopment as it is such a landmark. I have seen them become a weed, and not too much grows under them either because of the fallen leaves.

Edit; Except truffles apparantly.

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