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How long should i let picked viola/pansy seeds dry out for?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:24

Hi all

my mam just showed me how to pick the seeds from dead viola heads, she sais i should let them dry out and keep them for next year, she was unsure how long to let them dry out for though so can anyone clarify this for me please?

many thanks Chaps!

Need help/advice for taking and growing cuttings of neighbours acer tree please

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 07:32

Thanks a lot, i will try the softwood cutting approach, worst case scenario i will have to Put my hand in my pocket and pay £20-£30 for one. Much obliged.

Need help/advice for taking and growing cuttings of neighbours acer tree please

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 16:39

Hi all 

My neighbour has the most beautiful acer tree in her garden, she could not remeber the name but after lots of research i found it was a full moon acer, anyway, she has said i can get some curtings to try and grow my own tree But i want to make sure i do everything right and make sure at least a couple of the cuttings grow. Any advice regarding how to take the cuttings, planting them and where to grow them once i have planted them would be brilliant, i do own a greenhouse if his is helpful.

i must say this is by far the prettiest tree i have ever seen and i am desperate to get my own growing!

any help would be brill, thanks chaps.

Looking for some advice on growing plants from cuttings please??

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 18:44

Hi all, I am currently doing up my front and back gardens from scratch, I have a few potted plants that I would love to take and grow cuttings from in order to fill some borders and rock gardens I plan on creating.

At the moment I have some nice coloured heather, a red and an orangey acer, a eucalyptus which is growing wild and is going to be removed, a lavender bush, and a contorted hazel.  If anyone can give me any advice growing cuttings for any of these plants that would be great. I am thinking mainly about where to take cuttings, use root powder? What sort of temperature and sunlight conditions? But any advice would be interesting and useful.

thanks in advance!

Some general help for a beginner with growing/repotting seedlings please??

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:21
cairnsie wrote (see)

I am growing cestrum tomentosum and have been since september and out of everything i have grown its done the best they are quite big in the pots now. I generally prick my seedings when they develop there first set of true leaves (their second set of leaves) and put them in larger cell trays or small pots. Each plant is different as for instance my pansys are in my unheated greenhouse but i am growing my dahlias, marigolds, indoors still as they are not hardy. Someplants grow leggy in heat and other prefer cold so its really a plant by plant thing but theres plenty of information on the net. As for potting on again its a plant by plant thing but generally they will start to look big in the pot and then its time to pot on. I am sure someone will know alot more than me.

That is all very helpful actually, I guessed it must be a plant by plant thing, I was just wondering if I could group any kinds together and treat them the same way, but as i am a learner I guess it will do me good to research each plant properly and learn more about growing from seed.

Thanks again if anyone else has any further advice that would be smashing.

Some general help for a beginner with growing/repotting seedlings please??

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 11:27

So I guess I am looking for seedling aftercare advice please, will I need to look up aftercare instruction for each individual variety or is there a re-potting rule, I am wondering if some varieties need lots of seedlings keeping together etc...  As I said difficult to put into words, I hope someone can help.


Thanks in advance!

Some general help for a beginner with growing/repotting seedlings please??

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 11:25

Hi All

This is my first year as a homeowner and we have 2 fairly large gardens to fill with plants.  I was lucky to make the most of a Thompson & Morgan pricing error and get lots of packs of seeds for not much money at all and I have lots of different varieties of fruit, plants, grasses, flowers and veg growing in pots, propagators and our greenhouse.

A lot of the seeds are now starting to poke through the soil but I have a question, it may sound a bit silly and I am not sure how to word it but I do need some advice please so here we go...  I must have 20 different flower varieties, 5 different veg, 4 different fruit and half a dozen different grass varieties planted and growing, is there a general rule of thumb for what to do with seedlings once they reach a certain height or will this differ dramatically from plant to plant?  There were some instructions on the seed packets but not for how to re-pot once seedlings have grown.  

To give you an idea of what I have growing:

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Star' - yellow 

Cephalaphora aromatica 

Cerastium tomentosum - white 

Commelina dianthifolia - blue 

Cineraria 'Jester Scarlet' - red 

Calceolaria 'Sunset Mixed' - mixed 

Layia platygossa 'Tidy Tips' - yellow 

Saponaria ocymoides - pink 

Pansy 'Singing the Blues' - mixed 

Dahlia coccinea 'Species Mixed' - mixed 

Lavender 'Hidcote' - purple 

Panicum virgatum - green 

Liatris scariosa 'Gracious' - white 

estuca glauca - green 

Marigold 'La Bamba' - orange 




 Hi All

I have attached 2 pics each of our front and back gardens of the house we have just moved into. We knocked a lot of walls down, took crazy paving up in the front and ripped bushes and most plants and weeds from back garden out at the end of last summer as we wanted a blank canvas to work from.

We were wondering if you guys could give us some inspiration for either the front or back garden as we will be cracking on with it when the weather improves slightly but please bear in mind I am not working at the mo so we do need to do this on a very small budget.

We will be moving the greenhouse to the very back of the back garden so that the dog can't get at it, which will free up a nice area where the greenhouse was that could be a patio area and the awful brick wall on the right hand side of the garden will be getting knocked down and replaced with fencing to match the back fence.  We have bought some apple trees which will probably be planted in the ground on the left hand side in front of the brick wall. We also have a couple of acers to plant somewhere and I would like to get a couple of smoke trees, I love colourful plants and trees.

The front garden gets the sun all day long so I want to plant lots of smaller fruit bushes and nice smelling things but I just do not know what to do with the mish mash of concrete going on, also the soil is full of weeds, as is the back garden.

I guess I just don't know where to start with it all as it is our first house that we have owned so any advice or help would be brilliant.

Thanks in advance!

How do I take and grow cuttings of Smoke Tree (royal Purple) please?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 13:42

Hi All

My neighbour has a Smoke Tree that I just love and she said I can take some cuttings to grow, I am a bit of an amateur gardener so I would just like some advice on the best way to do this please and what will I need as far as routing powder etc...?

Also same question regarding Full-Moon Acer tree which I would like to grow from cutting please.

Many Thanks in advance for any help! 

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 09:54
sotongeoff wrote (see)

No-get them outside they do not need greenhouse protection -they are hardy plants-you not want to encourage any early leaf growth make keeping them cosy.

They will be fine

Brilliant thanks a lot.

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