Of about 21 collected hornbeam, I've had to admit defeat on the first 3. I'm quite sure these were some of the earliest collected yet I don't attribute the losses to the time of year but rather taking too few roots. On the first one, I was too timid with bare-rooting and noticed that the ball of roots that WERE attached were from the forest floor rather than the base. The other two were reduced too far. I could have babied them more and brought the root ball in closer over time, but I am short on space. Not so much patience. I've learned from my endeavor and I'm happy to boast an 86% success rate.
The photo shows the stumps on their way to the rubbish. What fine roots WERE attached have been pulled off during pot reclamation and 4-year-old exploration.
Everything else is pushing red buds and tiny leaves. Will update when I'm positive they have made it past their infancy in pots.