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Primula auricula

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:44

The only problem with a peat based compost is that vine weevils love it more than a non-peat based one, but if that is what you have then use it by all means. Just remember that the food in a mpc is designed to last about 6 weeks and after that you would need to think about feeding.

Do not be in too big a hurry to prick out the babies, unless there is a problem with them. I would be inclined to feed the seed pots to get them bigger before moving them on. Bit worried that you say they have no roots. When I am ready to deal with mine they usually have a good set of roots on them.

How big are your seedlings?

Primula auricula

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 20:39

The site does not like big images.

 

Pulsatilla

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 20:34

Check that what you sow are actually viable seeds. There is usually a fair number of unfertilised stuff in each seed head. The viable ones have a 'plump' seed at the tip of the feathery bit whereas the non-viable ones are flat.

Some folks remove the 'tail' when sowing as a precaution against it rotting and damaging the seed. Never bothered myself. Mind these days I just dig up the self sown babies from around the parent plant, much easier that way.

Primula auricula

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 17:36

Thought you might like to see last years seedling in flower. Most if not all of these will be discarded as not being sufficiently different nor good enough to keep.



 And this years seed pots!


 Oh and watch out for Vine weevils. They adore Auriculas. I have already discarded a few dozen because they were too far gone to keep with V.W.'s in the compost.

 

Primula auricula

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:00

Mine are grown in a mixture of MPC and  about one third of grit. What they need is a well drained compost with a decent amount of food in it. I feed with half strength Tomorite about every two weeks until the flowering season is over, then with a half strength Maxicrop until the beginning of winter.

If yours are just newly potted up seedlings then they will not flower until next Spring. Babies are best fed gently with Maxicrop (or Baby Bio) for the first season.

Keep them moist but not over wet in winter and remove any dead or dying leaves as the season progresses.

This may be useful to you.

http://www.auriculaandprimula.org.uk/wilkin94/auriculas_from_seed.html

 

 

 

Geum Cooky

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:03

I have it in my collection of Geum. Lower growing than some, but it is a nice front of the border plant. Dead head if you can remember as the seed heads are just the right height to stick to your socks and they are a devil to remove from clothes.

Hellebores

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 20:50

Take care not to let the roots dry out in the least while transplanting them, that is certain death. I tend to put the babies in a pot of water while i deal with them.

Identity please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:17

It is indeed a Forget-me-not, but the wild form rather than the overblown cultivated variety. It has probably escaped from a garden and reverted.

Aronia bush

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:37

The seeds inside the fruit contain cyanide which make them rather bitter. We boil the fruit, then strain it through muslin to remove the seeds. The juice is then used to make a rather nice Jam. Can be a bit 'tannin' tasting for some folks, but I like it.

And the blackbirds adore the fruit, so we have to grow it in a fruit cage or we would get nothing.

Chokeberry is its common name by the way.

Plant ID

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:49

Oxalis pes-caprae aka Bermudan Buttercup (not West Indian nor a buttercup though) is one of the worst weeds worldwide. It seeds all over the place and it has tiny bulbs on the roots which detach when one pulls it out.

Sadly weedkiller is the only effective treatment.

And its seeds are almost impossible to kill, they can and do survive the heat used to make peat free compost, so you are importing it whenever you use that.

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