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Corn Cockle can kill?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 12:58

Even worse they interbreed and destroy the genetic pool.

Sad thing is that the plague of Spanish slugs which were going to cause cars to skid off the road, don't eat the invasive plants either.

Corn Cockle can kill?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:32

For heavens sake, don't tell them about Euphorbia then, or even better Water Hemlock.

Is this a euphorbia?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:30

Yes, the ubiquitous Euphorbia lathyris.

Camellia - seed pods

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:31

Yes, but seedlings need the tap roots both for anchorage and for feeding. The hair like roots come from those tap roots and take in water and nutrients, so if you damage a tap root the seedling suffers. Odd.

Having said that there are a fair number of plants which definitely increase the number of roots when there is damage to the ones they have. That is why we can pot on seedlings without them dropping dead because the roots have been damaged.

That, though, applies to fibrous roots rather than tap roots.

Would like to hear from someone who has actually followed the advice given.

Camellia - seed pods

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:01

Never tried that, I just sowed them straight from the pod and left them to it.

From knowing about other seeds, it could well work, though why one should snip off some of the tap roots I don't know.

Certainly keeping the sown seeds moist is good advice either way.

Magnolia seeds also need pre soaking to remove the 'soapy' covering.

Camellia - seed pods

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:14

Yes, I have a small, flowered for the first time this spring Camellia grown from a seed. Collect the seeds when ripe (the pod will split). Sow in ordinary seed compost and put somewhere where it can suffer the worst of winter weather,but protect from rodents. If and when the seed germinates, pot on as normal for any seed. Takes a fair number of years to reach flowering size and if a hybrid then the result may be disappointing.

Have fun trying.

ID please ?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 21:30

They are very easy to find in Garden Centres (if it is a reasonable place that is). If left unpruned they can grow to over 12 feet tall (some of them). But you can prune them in February down to the ground as they flower on new wood. That keeps them in check. Annabelle (H. grandiflora rather than H. paniculata) tends to get a bit 'leggy' if not pruned and then falls over. (Perhaps that should be legless).

ID please ?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:05

Answered for you!

ID please ?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:03

Hydrangea paniculata, but not sure which one. There are dozens of them, mostly in white though Red Annabelle is red and Limelight is greenish white.

Knautia Macedonia?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:54

Self seeds all over the place, never bothered collecting any. Another weed!

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