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roses from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 19:30

After much failure:

Cut off the flower, pick off all the leaves and the bottom most thorns
Change the water every other day
Keep the stems in a light windowsill
Only the bottom inches need contact with water
Thicker stems tend to root before rotting
It takes 4-6 weeks for the roots to appear - you can see the white bumps.
Best success is around now till March.
As soon as the bumps appear I put those in well draining soil outside.
Do not give up on them. As long as the stem is turgid and not rotten/moulded it is still viable.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:03

There is a noise reducing fence (acoustic barrier fence) and they do make a difference. About 8ft tall and solid wood. The cost depending on length is much higher than adding hedging. The acoustic barrier will take up little less room than a wall does.

Is it possible to build up the wall to 2 metres? That should reduce some noise and you will get used to the road noise after a few weeks.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:45

I thought most table Christmas trees where Picea glauca conica  (Dwarf Alberta Spruce) and not Norwegian Spruce.

roses from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:38

I did not know roses could be grown from seed. My guess is it is quite slow from seed to flower?

I just use the stems from flowers from supermarkets. They root in water after a month or so. I have tried roses from lots of supermarkets and M&S have the best rate in rooting for me.

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:29

I buy Perlite from Amazon warehouse (£14) with free P&P for 100L

Tree Fern Survival

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:32

If a Dicksonia then with this mild weather I am not protecting mine at all and they are pushing out fronds. I only wrap if a hard frost is forecast.

Wet and freezing is not good, but neither is dry and dessicated. In Oz they grow in forests that freeze and are very damp (but you cannot compare a few hours of -10 then 15C) with -3 then 0C in the UK.

I also do not use straw but use Eucalyptus and other tough leaves like broken up Laurel to insulate and keep the crown damp.

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:22

Perlite helps drainage, so good for plants that need sharp drainage. Vermiculite keeps the water, so is not as good for succulents etc.

beech hedging / what can i grow undrneath

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:18

I put primrose under my hedge and it works a treat - still got flowers now.

Tree Fern Survival

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:16

Here is a recent debate on exactly this on another forum:

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21689

I would not wrap them until the weather is forecast below freezing and keep the crown damp as it is a fern.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 21:39

I feel better as I got to do lots of gardening today. The rain did not commence here until late on.

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