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Clematis Grp 3 Pruning - RHS says one thing, GW another

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 15:14

Same as Ob. We do it now as the green growth on them will compost now, otherwise it has to go in the Council green waste bin.

Parsnip leaves/compost

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:27

Why are you taking the tops off your Parsnips, or do you mean the tops when you clean them readyf or eating?

Either way as long as you do not put the top of the parsnip in (that might regrow) then I can see no problem with layering any green material in the bottom of a raised bed before adding soil.

Japanese Anemone

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 17:03

Hate to say it, but the only way you can get  A, leveillei to gorw from seed is if you can get fresh from a plant.

ALL Anemones have much the same ptroblem, the seed has only a short viability span. For example I have one, A, rivularis. Unless you remove the seed when it is still green and sow straight away, nothing grows.

Japanese Anemone

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 12:11

Since they self seeded all over my garden, then the answer must be yes. BUT why on earth would you want to? And the seedling ones are not as good as the named bought ones either.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 09:23

I forgot to mention that some seeds need their outer coating damaged before water can get in. That is one reason why sowing on a gravel  path often works. Rain rubs the seed against the gravel and abrades the coating.

 

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:43

I had some seeds which the advice given was to soak them for a few minutes in mlld sulphuric  acid to emulate the digestive process. I did not bother sowing them.

Base for greenhouse

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:40

Mine are fastened directly to the brick base. You just need to be a bit careful that either drilling the holes or putting the screws into rawlplugs in the bricks does not split the brick. This happened to me, but it was easy enough to replace the brick.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:37

The one thing I did not go into is the question of germiantion inhibitors. These are present in the seed and are there to keep the seed alive and dormant until the optimmum time for germination. Some of them need cold to break them down, some need moisture and some just need time. Some need a combination or all or some of these.

 

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 12:35

The question is, why should any seed be hard to germinate? After all the plant is trying to preserve its genes and producing a seed which will not grow is counter-productive. surely?

The difficulty lies with us, not the seed. Lots of reason why that might be though. Non-viable seed is the most frequent. Some plants just cannot produce a viable seed under condtions in Britain. I have one plant which only produces seed which will grow only after a very very hot Summer.  Lack of suitable pollinators is another.

Some seeds have a very short life span, Hepatica, Anemone, Salix and such like.

Others need sowing conditions which are hard to provide. For example they need the germination inhibitors removed by the passage of the seed through an animals digestive system.

There are lots of other factors which some into play too.

So what did I do wrong this time...???

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 10:43
Carmic wrote (see)

plants are inside a plastic balcony greenhouse which is inside the house at a south facing french door..

That is far too hot for cuttings, they need to be in light shade.

 

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