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26/01/2013 at 10:17

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/17933.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

Whilst walking through the snow I saw this wonderful hedge, about 3' high, covered in what I originally thought were small citrus fruit.  I know someone will identify it for me and can I propagate from the seeds I have please?

26/01/2013 at 10:19

My first thought is fruit of the passion flower. Great to have such a helpful ID photo. I'm sure someone will be along in a short while who will know for sure and can answer the seed question.

26/01/2013 at 10:22

my first thought as well Flo

26/01/2013 at 10:25

Yes, passiflora caerulea.

This is the flower http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1386

This is it's fruit http://www.passionflow.co.uk/images/caerfruits.jpg 

It should grow from seed but I've not tried.

26/01/2013 at 12:42

Many thanks to you all.  I have always liked Passion Flower  but never grown them.  So, now is my chance.  It's really good to have such knowledgeable people just a click away.

26/01/2013 at 12:55

Everything grows from seed unless it's a sterile hybrid and they won't make any. You've got some seed, give it a try. I'd sow some now, fresh, indoors and some dried off, in spring. That way you have a double chance.

I just re-read your original post. It won't make a hedge on its own. It will need a fence/trellis or something. It's a climber.

 

26/01/2013 at 13:39

It'll enjoy a sunny spot on well drained soil - my parents had a beauty climbing up the south face of their seaside home.  You could try cuttings - the rhs link above gives details - that way you're certain to get one that is true to type. 

26/01/2013 at 15:25

I read this thread this morning and went to see if there was a fruit left in my garden, I have found one and will be attempting to grow a passionflower from seed now.

I did a little research and it seems that they need to be soaked for 24 hours and need 70 degree heat to germinate.

26/01/2013 at 15:34
kate1123 wrote (see)

I did a little research and it seems that they need to be soaked for 24 hours and need 70 degree heat to germinate.

They didn't get that very often in my parents'  front garden (although it was south facing) and we did get self-sown babies from time to time.

26/01/2013 at 15:41

Hi kate1123, yes, I have just finished reading various websites on how to grow the seeds.  Interestingly, some say store seeds in fridge before sowing and others say if you have sown seeds and they have not germinated in propagator then put them in fridge.  As I have plenty of seeds I will do both.

Nutcutlet, this low growing hedge was mixed up in a rickety trellis and above it was a large untidy privet hedge.  I only walked down this particular lane, where it was growing, as wanted to cross some fields in the snow.  I remember that the remote garden is never tidied or looked after which makes the abundance of seed heads even more remarkable.  Surely, there will be a magnificent display of flowers there in the summer? 

26/01/2013 at 15:55

It must have been great. I should put it on your regular walk for next summer.

27/01/2013 at 09:36

Look HERE also.You have luck of finding this plant. 

18/02/2013 at 12:17

Hi ThaiGer, apologies but missed your reply to this thread.  Anyway, now want to say that tiny little shoots are appearing from the seeds I soaked for 24 hours before planting.  Nothing yet from those I kept in the fridge before planting.

18/02/2013 at 15:45

Hello break23, thanks for missing MY experience. Something is so different to the methods in UK. Because of this I repress my own opinions sometimes. Anyway, I "work" not often with seeds (more cuttings). But If I want to grow from seeds, I pay attention to the following points. 1. Fruit seeds I store only for a short time, maximum 1 month-if they are kept moist and cool (not freezing!). Moisture allows the seeds to continue respiration, while cool temperatures inhibit fungal and bacterial activity, so that they do not rot during storage. 2. To prepare fruit seeds for storage, place them in a container with moist peat moss, sand or paper towels to keep them from drying out. Make sure, that the container admits a small amount of air (leave the lid loose or poke some holes), because fruit seeds will continue to respire or breathe and will suffocate if sealed into air-tight containers. Store in the refrigerator. Do not let the seeds freeze or dry out. Plant them so soon as possible because they will begin to mildew or rot because of their high moisture content. The same go for other seeds like tomatoes&Co. By this way, friends from Germany send me some seeds from "black" tomatoes. A good kind, but all the seeds are rotten during the 18! days on the Air-post to Thailand  . I hope, it help you a little and wish large success furthermore. Sawadi krap, ThaiGer.

 

18/02/2013 at 19:46

good evening ThaiGer, many thanks for all that extra information.  I started taking cuttings a couple of years ago but am now enjoying experimenting with seeds.  Only time will tell if I have been any good at it.  However, in a couple of weeks we are having a massive conifer hedge removed so am keen to get as many climbing plants in the ground as possible.  The verge outside the garden also belongs to us so I will be planting both inside and outside the fence.  Should be fun and I'm hoping for a brilliant summer.

19/02/2013 at 16:58

...be happy and enjoy, I wish you many luck, and hope everybody have a brilliant summer! Maybe like HERE? Or inside this GC?, ThaiGer.

19/02/2013 at 17:42

I love the sign about unattended children - thank you.

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