Jim Macd

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Acer Palmatum seeds

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:07

Most seeds don't do well, if they've been allowed to dry out. I know you think most seeds you buy are dry, however, they might look dry but they've been kept in sealed pouches to stop the moisture levels dropping too low. Home collected seed can dry out too much but you usually have more than enough seed to compensate. As nut says, sow fresh, leave them in a shady place in the garden until they come up. Many tree seedlings need one, two or more winters to break their natural dormancy and if the seeds have been badly stored that can induce a secondary dormancy. Lettuce is the best known example of this kind which is why you sow lettuce when it cool. 

Inarching update

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 12:41
Verdun wrote (see)

Always wanted to do grafting myself Jim.  Looks super neat job there. 

Thanks Verdun, you should give it a go then, it really isn't so hard at all..



LilAmbar wrote (see)

Well done.  I had a go at grafting last year and now have some healthy baby Nana's apple trees.  No idea what they actually are but I had to give it a go for H2B as his Nana's bungalow was being sold and the tree is now no more.

That's a sad story with a happy ending though. It's such a great feeling to know you don't have to lose those precious plants.





Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:53

Yeah, I remember the program, I've probably still got it sky+'d but I'm sure you're question's been answered by stuartb3502. I've got some I bought years ago and I otherwise use prunings from shrubs and birch. 

Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:44

Thanks Dove, you're welcome.

Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:37


I just thought I'd update you on the progress of the inarching. As you can see the tree's growing well, and more than I think it ever did. 



The inarches look healed pretty well





And the good news is the graft wasn't dead after all, though I think you'll agree it doesn't look healthy. 





Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:35

I just thought I'd update you on the progress of the inarching. As you can see the tree's growing well, and more than I think it ever did. 



The inarches look healed pretty well





And the good news is the graft wasn't dead after all, though I think you'll agree it doesn't look healthy. 




easy plant id

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:04


I hate using really emotive words like 'thug' for plants. Plants are what they are, some are more vigorous than others, but a vigorous plant may be just what you need for your poor soil, so I really don't think it's helpful to apply such emotive terms, they're just not accurate or helpful. I have that Hellebore self seeded in my garden and I really don't think it a problem, have many things in my garden which are much, much more invasive, but still grow them because they are useful one way or another. As for stinking. I've never noticed.

Incredible luck

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 08:50
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have a wildlife reserve first and a garden second

horsetail weed

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:55
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

horsetail / marestail survived being covered in ice during the ice age: 

Really? Wow! 

Incredible luck

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:37

Yup, the whole reason I emphasise concentrating on natives supplemented only by a few non-natives. You won't get adults to feed if there's no larval food plants. l know we have gardens not wildlife reserves but if wildlife is the raison d'être for your efforts then best not to get too distracted with exotics. On the other hand many natives don't feed a great deal if anything and even then if their range doesn't include your house is there any point growing that ugly look plant if nothing is going to eat it? Or should you grow it for the pure conservation aspect of our native species? It isn't easy to get information. And the information available isn't always the easiest to understand. Take Oaks, it's estimated that about 284 species of insect (depending on your source) eat it or live on it in some way where as the sycamore only has 15 but nobody seems to tell you if those 15 species of insect on a sycamore supply an equal weight of food for birds as the 284 species of insects on an oak. Having said that I don't think that should be your whole outlook on it. It's a big subject and many perspectives. Raw data isn't much use to most of us.

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Incredible luck

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