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Trees from Seeds.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:29

It is an odd request but they might as well get good answers from us.

Very large acer, will it travel up north and live?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:23

November would be the best time to move it will be in a dormant state but still have all winter to put down new roots. I would try to get as much root as possible: it certainly does not need a professional.

I think it will love the damp conditions of Penrith.

Trees from Seeds.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:20

1. What medium to use. Damp compost mixed with perlite and vermiculite or grit.

2. How do we know, that 6 weeks is enough? Should the seeds start to grow while in the fridge?

Sometimes they will germinate in the fridge. 1-3C for 6 weeks in damp soil is normally a decent time for seeds to break dormancy.

3. How can we pack them, when we send them to our customers. Will they need air or they will be fine in an airless bag for some days?

Those little plastic bags are fine: most places use them or stamp bags which are greased paper.

4. Should they be wet, or it is fine to be dry for some days?

Damp soil - not wet and dry will stop the dormancy period from happening.

5. Should they be watered after sowing and how actually to sow them?

No, damp soil is damp to the touch: they have no roots so if you water too much you will have rotten seeds. I normally fill up a 9cm or 1 litre pot with compost then place the stratified seeds on top and then leave outside until they germinate. As long as they do not dry out they will be fine.


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 14:34

The flower stalk needs removing. Inside the black seed heads are seeds, they need light to germinate if you want to try.

I would remove the leaves that do not look 100% and give the roots a good feed.

Bamboo your thoughts- FARGESIA NITIDA/Asian wonder

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:19

I have had a few Bamboos over the past 12 years. Fargesia Asian wonder has just got very thick and well wall like. I hardly get any shedding. The tops get wind damage but apart from that they are uninvolved.

Bamboo your thoughts- FARGESIA NITIDA/Asian wonder

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:04

I have Asian wonder and it is a thick screening variety that grows slowly outwards and does not send out massive runners like Sasa or pseudosasa.

Bamboo in containers

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 08:56

You can keep bamboo in large pots. They need to be large to stop them from falling over (top heavy) and to keep moisture in. You will need to water all the time as they are from areas with very high rainfall and give a general feed.

How much water should I be watering Canna?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:36

In warm weather and climates they are bog plants. The weather has been cool, esp at nights, so I would not overwater them and mine are all covered in cloches still. 

Re the rotting one, if you have any hydrogen peroxide, if you dilute it and dip the Canna in it that normally stops the rot quickly.


"Amazing" offer from Thompson Morgan to GW' viewers

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 17:05

I have said it a few times: there is no such thing as a free offer: there is a cost somewhere and you have to think, would I pay £6 for this in a garden centre? The answer is normally no.

acer help pleeeeease.

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 17:03

I agree with Logan - they bleed sap if trimmed now and often bleed sap until they dieback. Just wait till first frosts.

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