Saturday, November 1, 2014
Journal Nobember 1, 2013 - Donkey olive ex vitro
The transfer was made early, even before the radicle, or tap root, had emerged from the seed. My feeling was that the tap roots are very long and delicate, so I did not want to take the chance of breaking it off during transfer, which would have been the end of the seedling.
There is another donkey olive seed germinating, though this one is not in culture. The seed was soaked in a mixture of nutrients and other ingredients for several hours. Following the soak the seed was placed in a coffee filter moistened with the mixture. At that point, the seed was placed in a sealed container, with the container then placed on a heating mat under the LED grow light. That seed began to germinate in only eight days, rather than the four months the first seed spent in vitro before germinating. This should be another interesting experiment.
One nice aspect of cloning your own trees, is that you get to determine their shape early on, so that you don't end up with a buggy whip. This plant will have the ideal martini glass shape so desirable in olive trees.