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Posted: 10/12/2013 at 23:06

Time for ovaltine and bed. Sleep well everyone.


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 22:14

What do you want to do? If you just want a citrus plant, then plant the pip as outlined. if you want a specific named variety, buy a grafted plant. Without a degree in plant physiology, a lab, microscope and excellent dissection skills, followed by growing in sterile culture medium, you are not going to get the same variety from a pip. Its way beyond us mere gardeners.



Posted: 10/12/2013 at 21:17

Many citrus seeds contain two types of embryos. The nucellar embryo is identical to the mother, and there is another embryo that contains genetic material from both parents.  Normally the two parent embryo is dominant. it is possible to separate the two and grow the nucellar emrbryo, which will them be identical to the fruit that the seed has come from, but I'm afraid that is beyond me. I think it will require some clever disection.

I have grown citrus from pips, but never got them to fruit.  Fruiting plants that you can buy are grafted.

Wonky Aloe Vera!

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:18

Dark green is good., much better than brown. I just cut the brown shrivelled bits off.  Mines a bit wobsided too. Its easy to make new ones from a smallish shoot. Just pull gently to detach from main plant and pot up. Mine thrives on neglect. It doesn't get watered very often.

Compost bin

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:13

I've never added worms, they seem to find their own way in.

As artjak says, mix it up well, don't let it get too wet or dry,and give it a fluff up/mix at regular intervals.


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:36

Keep going Panda. It might be like wading through treacle, but you'll get there in the end.

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:25

I think the scent depends on the temperature. My "Dawn" could be smelt from 30 ft away yesterday afternoon. about 9c. This morning, just above freezing, I had to get close up.

Tree fern

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:22

As these are the experts , you could have a look on these websites.

 RHS advice is to err on the side of caution.

Hackney is likely to have a fairly mild microclimate, but you never know.

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:57

Viburnum bodnantense.   the cultivar "Dawn" is very pink. If it is more white it is more likely to be "Charles Lamont" although "Deben" is described as white to pink.

Talkback: Holly and berries

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 14:56

You need to have both sexes. Only the females will have berries, but they need a male for pollination. They will grow in a large pot.

 Silver Queen is a male and will not have berries.

 Golden King is female and will have berries.

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