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New Broom-Hunter!

10 years ago

Hello, everyone.

For my final project in my plant propagation course, I compiled a brief presentation on witch's brooms.

One student in particular found the idea of broom-hunting most intriguing. That very same weekend, at a golf course, she found not one but two brooms!

One was within reach: Picea abies 'Stephanie's Green Golf Ball'

Stephanie with a piece of her broom:

The other was most tantalizingly out of reach, but it was a nice Douglas Fir broom with many cones on it! We will reattempt to retrieve it tomorrow with the help of Doug Wilson!

I imagine Stephanie will be finding many more witch's brooms in the future.


Comments (18)

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    David Olszyk, President, American Conifer Society
    10 years ago

    Hi Sam,

    At this point, I'd be tempted to leave everything in place until next January. We always get a much better take with fully dormant scions. Looking around at all the fat buds and hints of green, I fear that our window of dormancy has now closed for this year.

    BTW, great job instilling the passion! Next Stephanie gets to see how she likes sticky, sappy fingers. LOL


  • gardener365
    10 years ago

    You best marry that girl, Sam ;-)


  • hungrymind
    10 years ago

    Nice finds! I hope she is as lucky as I have been.

  • arceesmith
    10 years ago

    This is great! I love seeing this new generation of conifer loving broom-hunters. I was afraid that our passion would die off with us older folks.

  • alley_cat_gw_7b
    10 years ago

    lol Dax, Wow Sam, Make sure you hold her hand with that sharp grafting knife! You can never be too careful...;)

  • ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5
    10 years ago

    dax beat me to it ...

    my wife walks out into the yard.. once every ten years.. and says something along the lines of.. where did that come from ...


  • botann
    10 years ago

    Ken, my wife is the same. The only time she goes out,
    is to get in the car and go shopping.

    Way to go Sam....again!

  • monkeytreeboy15
    Original Author
    10 years ago

    You are all so funny!
    Dave, I too was concerned about it being too late in the year, so I only took portions of each broom. :-)

    Well, after a very treacherous climb into the large Douglas fir tree, we were successful in retrieving the other broom!

    I climbed 10 feet (4 meters) with a ladder & was able to grab the closest branch 6 feet (2 meters) from the top of the ladder! (STRETCH!)
    After climbing another 12-15 feet (5 meters), Doug handed me the pole pruner. I carefully grabbed the blade, hoisting it up above me another 8 feet out on a limb. This angled approach allowed me to successfully cut off half of the broom. Coming down was very tricky, as well!

    The broom was very blue and it had bountiful cones!
    We will be propagating both the broom and the seeds!
    Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Mt. Angel Blue'


  • Simoni
    10 years ago

    Hi Sam!
    Nice finds! As always......congratulations
    L+M S

  • maple_grove_gw
    10 years ago


    One of the characteristics of a leader of any movement is the recruitment of new enthusiasts. You're on your way.

    How many brooms have you found so far this year...made it to double digits?

    Nice finds by the way,


    This post was edited by maple_grove on Fri, Mar 22, 13 at 9:22

  • alley_cat_gw_7b
    10 years ago

    Sam, Thats a good name!

  • monkeytreeboy15
    Original Author
    9 years ago

    Well, we returned this weekend for another collection of Stephanie's two brooms.

    This time, she had the camera to photograph the retrieval of the remaining broom.

    The broom is quite high..about 40' (125 m)

    There I am risking my life, using a pole pruner in a tree..

    Trophy shot with Stephanie and her helpful dad, lending his ladder and truck for equipment!

    Many scions available for trade if anyone would like to propagate this special Doug Fir!

  • Simoni
    9 years ago

    Hi Sam, very nice broom from Pseudotsuga!
    L+M S

  • severnside
    9 years ago

    Congratulations and well 'Jan Slama-ed' so precariously high up.

  • j0nd03
    9 years ago

    So, which is the trophy in that pic? The girl or the broom??? ;-)

    That would make one hell of an engagement picture sometime down the road, too

  • alley_cat_gw_7b
    9 years ago

    Sam !!! If you get any closer.....i swear that broom is gonna break budI hehe


  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱
    9 years ago

    The things we do for love...

    Great shots, Sam.


    @Al- gonna break bud...LOL

  • mesterhazypinetum
    9 years ago

    Good stuff. Stephanie finds and you propagate. Basics for a future nursery!