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Talkback: Veg seed storage times

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:40
I had an old packet of cheap Bunyard Exhibition broad beans which had a use by date of 2006. I was loath to throw them, so sprouted them in a jar in the same way you do sprouts for eating, except that as soon as the root peeped out, I planted them in loo rolls. I was astounded that every seed germinated and they're now growing away in the greenhouse.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 18:53

I won't grow "Yard Long Beans" again, at least, not outside. They don't like the cold.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 03/01/2012 at 17:34

Another thought is Akebia. Mine has gone nuts, even after a serious hack back. Or were you after something temporary while the hedge recovers from the assault?

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 03/01/2012 at 17:30

I expect you want something evergreen, so how about Trachelospermum jasminoides or Clematis armandii? The latter won't like it if it's exposed, though, as it's not 100% hardy. I'm not sure about the hardiness of Trachelospermum, though, as the weather's quite benign here in Essex (usually) and I never saw it much in Oxfordshire. I'm planning on planting one come the spring. My perreniall sweet pea dies back in winter, and of course, the tender climbers die off over winter, but will add a sparkle of colour.

Whatever you decide on, I would avoid Russian Vine. It's a first class thug.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 12:33

I love ferns too, which is just as well since my garden is so shaded. I tried growing spores last year... The little thalluses grew OK but no baby ferns yet.

Love the piccies Marion

Talkback: How to take rose cuttings

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 20:37

I saw a rose cutting I took and planted a number of years ago when I visited someone at some flats where I used to work. Looks great and it gave me a little glow of pleasure. When I'm pruning and end up with some pencil-thick healthy looking bits of stems, making them into cuttings is almost irresistable. I think everyone should give it a go. I'm sure there are old varieties which we might otherwise lose.

I have also had inadvertent success with cut roses in a vase, usually when I've cut the rose flower at a stem junction. I find the cut end sometimes forms a callus, and then roots. This is one benefit of being untidy and disorganised... I'm sure most people would have thrown the vase of roses out once the flowers had dropped.

Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 15:38

I can't upload from my computer. I have to go via an external host.

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Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 15:34

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Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 15:29

Test 4

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Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 15:03

Ignore the last post Sean. I really should check my emailsd first!

Just about to test now.

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Talkback: Veg seed storage times

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