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Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:29

Has Nyone any experience of propagating these plants by root cuttings? I have some pot-bound plants raised from see five years ago and I have tried with pieces of root emerging from the pot drainage holes. A slightly barmy experiment but I suppose it might just work. Anyone else care to try it and tell me how they got on?


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:22

I have continued to over-winter these indoors and the foliage looks a lot healthier now possibly thanks to some judicious sprayng with organic insecticide and keeping them sparingly watered. The roots are emerging from the base of 8" pots and I have tried trimming these off to see if root cutting propagation is possible. I will probably have to pot them on come the Spring and I have about three feet of foliage on most of them.

I believe they usually take about five years to flower - according to the R.G.S. and Hessayon anyway but it should be worth the wait.

Sorry for the long delay in responding to you but I only visit this site occasionally and do not necessarily look at all the blogs. 

Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:02
How about Tree Ferns please? I have raised some Dicksonia Antartica from spores and they are now in their sixth year and still fairly small with no established trunks yet. Will I need to wait until the last frost has passed before taking them outside. Presumably they would be best kept in containers until more established?

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:28

Look forward to comparing results. Ciao.


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:59

I am answering my own post - how is that for dedication. I finally hacked off the sickly leaves and the plants have grown away merrily during the Summer with a good complement of leaves on each but no flowers as yet. I believe it takes about five years on average but I may just get lucky this coming year. I t looks as if they will all need re-potting in the Spring and I believe that it's possible to plan off-sets during potting on, assuming there are any, and presumably I will be able to pass these on if it happens. At least they look healthy enough at present.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:51

Congratulations! Perhaps I will be more fortunate this year.

Talkback: Planting bulbs and hiding bulbs

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:17
The bulbs in Spring do look untidy whilst the leaves are dying back. I have found one way is to plant them along with ferns or perhaps smaller shrubs which disguises the dying foliage. Planting some variegated ivy either round the edge of the container or supported by a stake in the centre can also look O.K.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:10

Does anyone have problems with slus and snails for these winter crops of beans? I tried to grow these last year and lost a lot of them - I suspect it was a snail problem as these are a pest during the growing season as the clay soil seems to suit them.

Primula - growing from seed

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 17:48

I am interested in this as I have an assortment of Primula seeds from the RHS seed swap and was not sure whether the seeds needed stratification or not. At least I have an idea how make a start now.

Pruning tall evergreen holly

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 20:30

Evergreen cuttings generally seem to thrive on neglect provided they don't dry out or become completely waterlogged. I have managed to raise some holly cuttings and some yew with minimal attention. They seem to take best during the Winter months when they are semi-dormant and the ones I took last year have made some quite respectable growth as long leader stems which I want to try and train into standards with the ball shaped heads time from now. All they need is a stout cane to encourage a strong leader encourage a straight central stem and I should be able to start training them next Spring.  Watch this space!

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