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azalea wind damage

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:00

It isn't the time of year for any sort of cuttings as far as I am aware, but I've had a lovely red Azalea torn in two by a falling tree, and I want to know if I can use any of the material for cuttings. I have a heated propagator, a window ledge, big pots if necessary. What stands the best chance, small leaf, nodal, semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings? I would really like some of these to take in case the original dies.

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:34

Try a 'Kiftsgate' rose growing up  trees and fences. I started some off from seed a few years back and I can confirm what everybody says about them, that they are very tough and enthusiastic, high-climbers. With luck, they won't just draw attention away from the houses but will swallow them altogether, covering them with a thick blanket of beautifully scented, copious clusters of white roses. Good luck.

Need a rose recommendation

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 21:30

You might look for Gardeners Glory. It is quite new, but looks and smells delicious!




Posted: 17/12/2012 at 22:38

I thought I would have a go at growing Jacaranda as bonsai specimens. I got the seed to germinate easily and had about 20 little plants which did well over the summer. I knew they were Mediterranean plants, so they would have to stay indoors overwinter. The autumn began badly for them, with a bad attack of greenfly in the room where they were so I put them outside for a brief period, and sprayed them with a low dose of mild detergent. After a few fairly mild days of wind and rain the greenfly had gone, so I brought them indoors again. Ah, but they seem to have got the message that winter had started already, and all withered and wilted - or at least I am hoping that was the cause. Basically, never having been to the Mediterranean, I don't even know if Jacaranda should die down for the winter, and even if they should, whether they should do so after such brief, early autumn exposure to the elements. The other horrible possibility is (of course) that they might be super sensitive to detergent. I've never had a plant die from the concentration or brand that I used before, but the leaves did seem very fine, fern-like and sensitive. Could somebody who knows these plants put me out of my misery and tell me if I have killed the poor things off??

Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 15:40

No, no Frank I wasn't upset! The emoticon I put at the end isn't the best one I have ever used. It's supposed to indicate "surprise", in my case the surpirse was, as you so rightly predicted, I really did find chaff in both my keyboard and mouse. I think we have just unearthed one of the drawbacks of combining gardening with computers. If there was an emoticon on offer to depict laughing I would have to use it now. Dinah.

Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 00:25

There is definately somthing to be said in favour of more traditional methods. You're too right about the chaff in the keyboard, and stuck in the roller of the mouse!

Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 23:06

Yes, yes that sounds very familiar. Mallow is worst since it's so powdery, like pepper-dust!

Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 21:41

I'm spending quite a bit of time cleaning seeds for sowing next year. I've been using the two recommended methods of sieving and winnowing. I've also been using static electricity to separate the chaff. I use a large plastic soup or yogurt pot. You have to rub the top of the pot inside in a circular motion an inch or two above the seed until you get enough static for the chaff to stick to it when you lightly agitate the pot. It helps to hold the pot right near the bottom with one hand because if you touch the top on the outside it disperses the charge. Once you've got the charge going, a continuous stream of chaff lifts each time you stroke the last lot away (upward and over the side). You don't want too much of a static field or it will lift fine (like lavender) or fibrous seeds too, so give it a rest every so often - also, I have even had seeds fly clean out of the pot if I get too enthusiastic! It helps to have either a cat sitting on your lap, a nylon fiber carpet or a computer screen nearby, but you don't have to have these in order to sucseed (excuse pun).

Rooting cuttings with potatoes

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 23:12

My windowsills are always chock-a-block with plants so I am always looking for ways to save space. I had some seed potatoes that were just sprouting at the eyes but they needed a bit more time, so it was either them on the windowsill or my cuttings. More for a laugh than anything I decided to put the potatoes in a tray with a couple of inches of soil (instead of on damp egg boxes) and to poke the cuttings in between them. Oh gosh! the cuttings rooted so quickly and sent up shoots so fast!

I won't bore you with a list of all the different cuttings that succeeded, but it certainly impressed me! Can anyone shed light on this with regard to the science? Is there a hormone or chemical in the potatoes that favoured rooting, perhaps something that kept the soil fresh, or was it just that the potatoes held the cuttings in place better? Has anyone else tried this before who can confirm my results?

Planting out pot grown roses

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 01:08

Thanks everybody for your advice, it is really appreciated. The weather wasn't up to planting streight away because of all the mud, but I'll be having a go at planting as soon as it's possible. It sounds very exciting that they grow so huge. I am trying to keep the dogs from next door from getting under the stock fence and I am sure it will help if it is a good thorny rose. There are lots of trees for it to scramble up too. Some are quite mature so should be able to hold the weight. I will get some photos of the finished results in a year or two and post them on the web site. Again, thank you all so much, I feel I know what I am about now and ready to start digging.

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