Dear colleagues and customers, our team from ARBOR.BG is happy to share our results and expectations from the observations made on the harvest of various forestry and decorative tree and bush species growing on the territory of Bulgaria.
Our observations of the coniferous species as a whole lead to optimistic expectations.
According to our observations, the strongest harvest will be of the Norway Spruce (Picea abies). The quantity of the pine cones is stunning both at the Montane and the Alpine levels. The harvest is uniform on all trees in the plantations, while the pine cones are found in the upper and middle part of the tree crowns. This corresponds approximately to the 4th (large scale) stage under the
Korchagin scale for fruit bearing observed with naked eye.
We were left with the same impressions and expectations from the observation of the Dwarf Mountainpine (Pinus mugo mughus), which we made in the areas of Pirin and the Western Rhodope Mountains at above sea level of between 1900 m and 2300 m. Certainly, the quantity of pine cones at lower altitudes is significantly higher.
In the case of the Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) we established an average harvest, and our observations show that it is uneven. In the region of the Western Rhodopes the quantity of cones is average.
Our observations on the Black Pine (Pinus nigra) in the Pirin, Western Rhodopes and Southern borderline areas raise our hopes for good harvest. There is a significant quantity of pine cones on the majority of trees in the plantations. We are very hopeful that the problem of huge quantity of empty seeds we encountered during the previous season will not repeat itself.
The Macedonian Pine (Pinus peuce) gave an average yield, which will provide us with the necessary quantity of seeds. The surveys are in the zones of the dwarf mountainpine and a little under them – Pirin and Western Rhodopes.
In the case of the deciduous species the yield is strong for the lindens, ashes and acers.
We regret to say that the yield of the Common Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is poor as compared to last year’s. There is fruit bearing in certain seed bases at lower altitudes and at places where the blooming was not affected by the late frosting. The discussions held with colleagues from Belgium provided us with the information that the common beech harvest was weak in the larger part of Europe (Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, and Romania).
We have weak harvest also with the common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus). Our observations come from almost the entire country.
With the oaks the yield is average. It is best for the Turkey oak. Ample quantities may be harvested.
One of the challenges for us during the season with the ordered large quantities will be the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). The harvest here is uneven, where at certain areas it is good, at other it is almost zero. This may be due to the hail storms affecting some regions.
We hope to manage to provide larger quantities of quality seeds than ordered, which to preserve and have permanently in stock for you.