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Growing Callicarpa from seed

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 15:13

Hi. Has anyone out there ever grown Callicarpa from seed? I have wanted one of these plants for ages as I love the colour of the berries. None of my local garden centres sell it and I can't buy online plants as there is no one at home during the day and our postmen quite often leave parcels on the door step.

Every day on my way to work I walk past a garden where one grows over the front garden fence but don't feel comfortable about stealing a few berries from it. However, today I saw the owner who kindly gave me 4 berries. So...what is the best way to germinate the seeds and can I do this indoors or would it be best to keep them outside in the garden.

Thanks, Tamarix

Plants Online

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:48

Sorry - forgot to add link (it's an age thing).


Plants Online

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:41

Hi Ryan. Lots of excellent advice, love your enthusiasm. Check out this link - it may be useful (you do have to be over 18, but under 18's can register in parents/guardians name)

Good Luck, Tamarix

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 08:22

Hi Sara 4. Having already thanked you for the correct name of the Ping WIngs, I'm going to add another thanks for mentioning the Tingha and Tucker Club. I had completely forgotten about them until I read your last post. I had a real life Auntie Jean and remember me and my cousins driving her mad by saying "Hello, Auntie Jean" in our Tingha and Tucker voices and collapsing into giggles every time we saw her (which was at leat 4 times a day, as she lived opposite). I think we kept it up for months.


Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 10:46

The Ping Wings

Hi Sara 4

Thank you so much for mentioning this programme - I thought I had imagined it.

I was out with a group of friends a couple of years ago and we got to chatting about our favourite kids programmes. We are all in our late 50's/early 60's. We all remembered Twizzle, Sparky and Noggin the Nog, But I was the only one that remembered the Ping Wings - unfortunately I had remembered it as "The Penguins" and despite Googling the name and searching lists of old childrens progammes I could find no trace of it.

So I was delighted to come across your post today and discover I had got the name wrong. I have just spent a happy 5 mins on Youtube watching an old clip and remembering how much I loved it. I also remembered that the theme tune used to make me sad (I was only 6).

Thanks again


Garden Share- What a great idea!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 15:36


This may be a useful link (maybe just for gyo).


Planting roses

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 19:57

Thanks Busy-Lizzie. Hoping for a few dry days so that i can get planting.

Planting roses

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 16:10

Thanks to you both for the advice.

Planting roses

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 19:32

Hi, I have just had 3 container grown roses delivered - 2 climbers and I shrub. I did a bit of Googling beforehand to find out the best way to plant them.

The instructions that came with them said to plant at the same level as the soil in the containers, but they are all planted at different levels.

One has two stems as thick as my thumb sticking out of the soil, they are about 2 inches long and above these stems is the graft union, The second has the graft union half buried in the soil, and the third has just the stems showing with the graft union under the soil.

I'm totally confused. Some web sites say the union should be at soil level, others say below soil level. Also confused as to which bit of the graft union they refer to,,,,should the bottom of the union where it starts to bulge be sitting on the soil or should the top of the union (with the stems) be at soil level? 

Should I treat all three plants the same? Or does it not matter as much as I think it does? 

Climbing Roses

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 19:47

Thanks everyone for your replies and advice. I guess you all confirmed what I had suspected - you get what you pay for. I was kinda hoping that i would be told that a bare rooted climber would reach 10 feet and be covered in flowers this summer. I've never grown roses before so wasn't sure what to expect. Think I'll go for the container variety, at least it will give me a bit more dithering time before I decide.  Thanks again.

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