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Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:43

Finger's fine now thanks Lily 

Rhubarb & growing from seed

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:41

If the result is unimportant to Nathan and he does not really want more rhubarb then I'll agree with Christopher Hodgkiss - grow the seeds and see what he  gets - however he'll have to wait 3 or 4 years before he gets a plant big enough to make a judgement about the quality of the plants he's grown.

However, what Nathan said he has is an immature crown which is already running to seed - not a trait that I would want to reproduce.

 Good practice is only to propagate from strong and productive plants.

And if he allows an immature crown to run to seed it will weaken it so much it is unlikely to ever grow into a substantial and productive crown, even if it has the energy to survive  the following winter.

If he wants more rhubarb plants my advice is

  • remove the flower stalk from the small crown at it's base.  Do not pick any stalks from that crown this year.  Mulch the plant with well-rotted farmyard manure and keep the soil around it moist in any dry spells. 
  • Next year take a light crop from this crown.  Do not pick after June.
  • Divide the larger crown into two or three plants in November - do not take a crop from the new plants in the following year but mulch and keep moist as before.

In two years' time the smaller crown will be a larger and productive plant and the divided crown will also be cropping.  A much quicker and more reliable way to increase your rhubarb plantation. 

More Plant ID please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:18

Whatever the second one is, it's definitely alive and we won't have to wait too long before it gives us a few more clues as to it's identity 

Can someone Let me know Please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:15

They're Anemone de caen - my Ma's favourite flowers - every year on their wedding anniversary Pa gives her a posy of anemones.  He's been doing it for 67 years! 

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 18:18

Hi Lily  - pretty sure it's not laurentia as the leaves are a classic bulb-type leaf and laurentia isn't a bulb and has lobed leaves.

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 18:04

Scilla siberica aka Siberian squill - a bulb, naturalises beautifully in deciduous woodland - I saw a woodland absolutely carpeted with it down in Suffolk about a fortnight ago - a picture 

Tap water

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:15

That works to get rid of the chlorine etc so that you can use it in a pond, but it won't alter the PH of the water - if Kevin's tap water is as hard as ours, it won't be good for ericaceous plants at all - however I don't know of anything that will remove the lime in the water to make it safe enough to use on his plants - obviously distilled water could be used but that would be expensive. 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:10

I think I've got most of the ash seedlings weeded out Verdun - it was a bit of a hands and knees job rather than using the hoe as I usually would.   


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:49

The problem is Verdun, that I'm having problems distinguishing the seedlings from the ash tree seeds that have sprung up (as usual) all over the veg patch - it's not helped by the fact that my newest glasses broke the other day, and I've reverted to my previous pair 

Perfume Viburnum.

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:27

I don't think it should be a problem - I would try to grow it on as short a leg as possible,  and then when it was near to reaching the maximum height you want it to be I would take out one third of the canes at the base after flowering - two or three years later take out another third and two or three years after that take out the last third. That will have rejuvenated the shrub and reduced it's overall height.  

It'll then take quite some time to grow near to the optimum height again but when it does you can again coppice one third and repeat as previously. 

I've not done it with Viburnums, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.  Unless anybody else knows different ............ ?

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