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Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:44

Yes and yes. sorry for the incomplete answer.

Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:38

The berries are the seeds.

They need soaking first to remove the waxy coating on them. Then they need to be sown in ordinary seed compost, straight away. Put the seed pot outside and leave it for the weather to do its worst and if they are going to germinate, it will be in Spring. they can take more than one winter so be patient. And watch out for rodents, they will dig up and eat the seeds.

I have seen advice on here of putting the sown seeds in a bag of compost in the Salad compartment of the fridge for three months. Never tried it myself so cannot comment on the efficacy.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:34

My soil is a very fertile (ex pig farm) silt with areas of high lime content because of the lime mortar from old houses and other parts with very acid soil. The Anemone grows equally viciously in all types.

I would feel guilty if I did not warn people of a plants propensities and then had them come back on here and complain about an invasion.

 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:07

How is pouring weed killer on it, letting it spread? Would not mind but we never planted it in the first place.

And in one area I removed all the soil to a depth of three quarters of a metre and replaced the soil with pure sand and gravel to make an alpine growing area. The  anemone has made a reappearance in there recently after  3 years absence.

 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:45

Cannot agree with Obelixx on this occasion. It is not easy to control. I have been pouring weed killer on a section of a border for over 5 years now to  try to get rid of this utterly pernicious weed and I noticed today that there is new growth appearing.

Never, never, never ever plant it, except n a concrete pot  where its roots cannot escape.

tomatoes and seed

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 13:31

Killing plants and doing the wrong thing totally!

Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 11:36

Wish someone had told our cats about the hour change. They still wanted to go out at first light.

Bet if we did have Camelot type weather (rain at night and light winds and sun in the day) someone would complain.

And I ain't about to spit on any cows either!

tomatoes and seed

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 11:33

Blight is soil borne so it does not affect the seeds. You may use them as you will.

If the foliage has been blighted then it is best not put on the compost heap. the heat generated in the normal heap is not enough to kill the spores. You need the sort of temperatures generated in the big industrial heaps.

Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 08:59

Yeah and watch out for flying pigs too!

Growing Apples from seeds

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:52

The kind of fruit produced by these seed grown trees is called a 'spitter' One bite and you spit it out!

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