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Container Gardening

A birch (or cherry) tree began growing in this styrofoam buoy a couple of years ago.  I keep wondering what will happen with it.

 

Container Gardening

A birch (or cherry) tree began growing in this styrofoam buoy a couple of years ago.  I keep wondering what will happen with it.

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 23 Jun 2017, 00:58
It seems quite happy to be there, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: It was in a shadier spot but I have moved it.
Perhaps it will continue if left alone...
John Denver & the Muppets... always a wonderful combo!
Mary MacADNski: I wonder how strong the roots are and where it gets soil contact for nutrients.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 Jun 2017, 03:51
La nature reprend ses droits partout.
Mary MacADNski: I have plants growing through driftwood but this is the first with styrofoam.
Mother Nature loves to surprise us like this, doesn't she!
Mary MacADNski: It is a surprise that I like.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Jun 2017, 06:36
You have to wonder where it gets its nutrient from?
Mary MacADNski: Exactly. There is no soil contact at all.
I expect the bouy will slowly disintegrate.
Mary MacADNski: I think the problem with sryrofoam is that it does not disintegrate but it may break apart by the force of the root system should it continue to grow.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jun 2017, 11:03
What should happen is that the buoy should crack and tree should survive. But that takes a lot of should.
Mary MacADNski: I would be happy to plant it in soil were it to ever beak through.
The proof that nature let's things grow almost anywhere.
Mary MacADNski: My gardens contain many wild volunteer plants but this one takes the cake.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jun 2017, 13:34
This is a fine observation, Mary!
Mary MacADNski: I have moved it to stronger light so I hope it does well.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Jun 2017, 16:38
Man alive, this is the struggle of the toughest and I hope the plant wins!! Great find.
Mary MacADNski: I have moved it to stronger light so I hope it does well.
The outcome should be interesting!
Mary MacADNski: If it breaks through one day, I will plant it.

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