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A newbie question about seed collecting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:18

If you grew only short red ones, you would more than likely get short red ones from seed collected from them, but there's always a chance of getting something taller or a different colour.  However, if you grew more than one type, the chances are they will have cross-pollinated and all bets are off, with the seeds likely to produce a range of heights and colours.

Cymbidium flowers are browning

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:19

Not me - they're a bit too fussy for my liking.  I think bigolob has a large collection.  

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:55

Hi Pipstrelle, chitting is not compulsory by any means, but as you already have them, then doing so under the conditions mentioned above will only help.  What you don't want to do is leave them in the bag anywhere warm as they will produce long white shoots and may even rot, so chitting is also a good way of keeping them healthy until planting time.

Dusty Manure

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:38

Yep, perfectly normal as Dove says.  The white stuff is fungal mycelium which is helping to break it down.  Try and keep it slightly moist - add a bit of water if it gets too dry.

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:34

Same here obelixx - I have taken 32 cuttings from the prunes-off material and bunged them in my heated propagator, just because it's there.  Hopefully bottom-heat will help but I'm not expecting any results - nothing to lose though, as you say.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:30

Heheh - just a tad before my time, Alan.  It was Geoff Hamilton (God rest his soul) who inspired me most in garden DIY type stuff.  I have a 4mx2m polytunnel coming later this week (if it turns up this time!) so will probably bung up a few photos of that while I'm erecting it.  No doubt I'll be making some modifications..

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:13

Let's hope so - hardly any last year but suspect Mother nature has it covered!

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:09

I've started on mine now too, DD & FG, both group 2 and 3.  Much earlier than I normally do but some are putting on serious growth and many of the 2s are already too leggy.  If those I have cut back hard start to shoot from below ground and there are frosts forecast, I'll give them a good mulch which all clematis appreciate anyway.  There seem to be a few casualties in particularly wet areas which are showing no signs of life and have dead stems so those have been cut back to below ground level.  Looks like some clematis shopping may be on the cards.

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:58

Not really, NG - Leicestershire - being well inland usually means I get harder frosts than those nearer the coast.  That particular clematis has never known when to stop though - it just keeps flowering until the frost gets it.  Unfortunately (not sure if that is the right word!), there have only been 2 or 3 nights when there has actually been a frost this winter and then only -2C.  Copious amounts of rain, wind and general miserable weather but no frosts to speak of so a lot of bugs (both good and bad) will have survived when they would normally have a high mortality.

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:46

I've just found some outside, on a Group 2 clematis (Elsa Spath) which has decided it's time to flower!  Flower buds 2-3 inches long, I kid you not.  Decided to prune it back.  We can only blame the mild temperatures this winter and cross fingers that 2014 isn't going to be the "year of the aphid"!

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