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Is this a Loquat?

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:07

I live in the subtropics and have one in my garden. I omitted pruning for a few years, and there it is, some 25 feet high ! Now I have to gather money to have it hacked... Hope that's not a problem in cool temperatures.


Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:04

I've enlarged the picture: they're violas.

Viola strain

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 17:48

Violae are prolific seeders, very popular with pollinators! Try and get some seed for next spring, it is possible some of the seedlings might produce the same streak...

Viola strain

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 00:15

White Violae cornutae (the small kind) are usually unstable, and then to become blue as they age. Anyway, differently coloured violas in one single plant are very common (vide John Gerard...).

Growing a potted Aster?

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 23:48

For a good identification, check the leaves: if they are rather narrow, that´s Argyranthemum (marguerite), if larger, they´re Dendranthemum (florist´s chrysanthemum). Anyway, they bloom at the end of the season only (though they can be forced to flower at other times in professional greenhouses). You can try and take cuttings from them, snipping young shoots of about 6 inches and keeping them frost-free till spring.

Growing a potted Aster?

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 23:22

I don´t think it is an aster, BML, probably an argyranthemum  (google).

Viola strain

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 15:36

Love violas, but.... picture ?


Posted: 13/09/2017 at 12:29

Custom says you should remove the lower leaves because they tend to rot first, fostering the growth of fungi. I don't think it matters much when the cutting is taken provided you give it warmth enough to grow roots. You'll have to keep it in a windowsill or greenhouse (if you have one), because you know bougas can't face the cold.


Posted: 12/09/2017 at 22:10

In warm climates like mine, cuttings take easily, but that's what I do: take 8" long cuttings where the wood is not old yet, neither soft (they call it "semi-hard cuttings"), that is, not green and pliable. Put the cuttings in a pot with a very sandy compost, cover with plastic and put somewhere warm for them to grow.

BTW, your bouga is lovely, congratulations!

Last edited: 12 September 2017 22:11:06


Posted: 12/09/2017 at 11:18

It is a bit tricky to tell at this stage, but it might be a kind of Grevillea.

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