So - has anyone bought a Wollemi Pine yet?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 11:46
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Now that they are commercially available, we're really looking forward to planting a copse of Wollemi down near the river at Omaroo. I like the story behind the tree - thought to be extinct, found, propagated and saved from extinction. Jenny and I are going to do our bit to propagate a few for posterity.

I've seen the sign outside Tim's nursery at Narellan and Campbelltown advertising them for $49 a tree. Is anyone else going to give it a go?
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Reply By: Jodi - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:15

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:15
I'd loce to. But not at $49 per tree. Will have to wait until the price comes down.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:17

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:17
I'm planning too. But not sure it will like the Brisbane heat and humidity.

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Follow Up By: Qlddisco - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:18

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:18
dont think the heat and humidity here in Qld is going to worry them to much !!
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Reply By: Leroy - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:20

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:20
I just planted 6 silver birches......2m tall for $12.95.what a bargain!! ;-)

Leroy
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:22

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:22
My Father in Law got us one, and will look after it till we return home in October, then plant it out on the farm at Captains Flat.

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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:33

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:33
Oh! Not too far from our place :)

Nice and cold....
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:57

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:57
Can get cold, the front gate is 1050m. But thats what wood fires are for, nothing better than sitting in front of the fire at night, after a fine meal and finishing of that bottle of red.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:16

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:16
We're only at 950m, but that's still up there. It gets very cold and snows regularly. We love it, and bought it for much the same reason you are where you are: cold, fireplace, good food, red wine, mmmmm.


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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:40

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:40
That looks like off Dry Plains Road.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:43

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:43
A hole in one :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:48

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:48
I've got a mate who up the other end, your side off the black top, house one side of the road the shearing shed the other. You may have heard of him, Dave, DD for short.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:50

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:50
The name rings a bell, bet we really only know those up (towards Adaminaby) to and including Mark the farrier.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:55

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:55
He's up that end near the fire shed before the black top starts. The hut he has over looks the 6 mile.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:58

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 13:58
OK.. yup. I know where he is. Not too far past the RFS shed. Will have to go and indroduce ourselves to those up that end one day... it's only neighbourly :)
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 21:22

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 21:22
So what does Wollemi Pine burn like as firewood??

Did anyone see the prices that the first ones sold at at the auction they had for them? Some people are mad!

Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 07:02

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 07:02
Not sure I get your drift Dave, but as for burning in the fire, I guess I will have to wait for a few years yet to find out.
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 20:33

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 20:33
Just a smart remark given that the expensive tree thread got on to the topic of firewood, which when combined = expensive firewood.

The trees at the auction went for thousands.

Dave
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Reply By: signman - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:28

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:28
Got a couple thru Australian Geographic. Even bought a Huon Pine back from Tassie last week.
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:43

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 12:43
Yes indeed!!

Anything that can survive 3 ice ages should be safe in my garden;-))

SWMBO & I reserved a couple thru the Australian Geographic offer several months ago... they were delivered last week..
Still in the pots at this stage, 'till we decide where to plant 'em....
(will re-pot 'em soon, & plant 'em out in spring)...

According to the "blurb"....
"Although the Wollemi Pine is one of the most threatened plants on Earth, it is highly versatile and easy to grow. It tolerates heat, cold, full sun AND shade, as well as different types of soils. It is the ultimate survivor, having outlived both the dinosaurs and many of its contemporaries in the plant kingdom"....

Hopefully, large-scale plantings will take care of the "threatened" status...
Indeed, being of the same family as the Hoop, Bunya & Kauri pines, I can see no reason why they couldn't be grown commercially as timber trees....

Confucius say.....
"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 16:25

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 16:25
SWMBO wont let me get one . " Too big "
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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 14:23

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 14:23
Yep I've got 2 on order $95 each. Shoud be arriving Perth this week actually.
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