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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject: info on growning plum trees Reply with quote

looking for info on growing plum trees from seed
do the grow here ??? when is the best time to start them
ps i dont have a pollytunnel or such
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi and welcome aboard.

have a look at the link, it may help until some else replies for you.

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1466.html

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:54 am    Post subject: plum tree Reply with quote

Hi the chef,

Did a little googling. Here are some links, on how to grow a plum tree from seed. The latter two u-tube links are more limited, but still provide some useful info'. Hope that a gardening expert will come on line and advise you more fully.


http://www.ehow.com/how_4514284_start-plum-trees-from-seed.html

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Seeding-Propagation-733/plum-trees.htm

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-grow-plum-trees-from-seeds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OUkz1BaX3g&NR=1

http://www.growvideos.com/video/3135/Garden-Maintenance-Tips-How-to-Start-Plum-Trees-From-Seed

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i loved the invitation and could not resist offering help. Plums can be grown here successfully and can be grown from seed, They are usually grown as budded trees, the variety being budded onto a rootstock such as damson wild plum or myrabolan. if you grow from a seed a good indication of the seed viability is the flesh of the fruit will have parted from the seed or stone as it ripens. Keep the seed in a cool dry place until Spring and sow it a about one inch below the surface in a pot (9-10ins) of compost. Keep in a glasshouse as it likes some heat to start off but after the first year can be grown outside. It can be left in a pot for 2-3 years before transplanting to its final position. it likes a warm sunny aspect well drained and rich soil. A south facing wall is best and needs to be trained onto the wall. Victoria comes true to type but nearly all the others will be crosses or hybrids. best of luck with the seeds.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: what am I ? Reply with quote

Hi Michael,

I couln't resist asking, when I saw you on line, lol.

Do you happen to know what this is?

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about4406.html

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saw that picture earlier and have been mulling over it, possibly is Nerine Bowdenei aka Naked Ladies. if it is this then the flowers will come later when all the leaves have gone hence the name. There are too many bulbs together to make sure it is nerine. Somebody will probably come up with the correct answer.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael brenock wrote:
saw that picture earlier and have been mulling over it, possibly is Nerine Bowdenei aka Naked Ladies. if it is this then the flowers will come later when all the leaves have gone hence the name. There are too many bulbs together to make sure it is nerine. Somebody will probably come up with the correct answer.
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Hi Michael,

Thanks for your reply. I do fancy nerine but can't recall buying any. Even so I may have and may be suffering from gardening amnesia, lol.

Does the bulb cluster need to be broken up? They look fairly stuck together. I don't want to damage them.

The leaves were damaged last year ( biker boots danced on them ) and I potted them up this spring to help them recover, which they did very nicely, with almost no trace of damage afterwards.

But getting moved, may have delayed flowering. What do you think?

Now I am preparing to plant a bulb order from Holland, so the mystery bulbs were unpotted once more, as I plan to plant them in a more protected spot in the garden soil along with the new arrivals.

I hope to see a flower next year......lol.........nerine would be nice.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:46 am    Post subject: frost protection for mystery nerine Reply with quote

Hi Michael,

You could well be right about it being a nerine now that I have read more about how the nerine behaves etc.

If it is, it will have to be re planted with the top part of the bulb exposed. Not sure if the bulb would cope with frost in that case. I prefer to have it in the ground and not in a pot despite this.

Will a simple home made cloche and/or a covering of small stones give adequate winter protection from frost, do you think?

My garden plants are in a mild zone, with some things which are normally annuals or deciduous in our climate, behaving instead as perennials or evergreen. Having said that top growth can still be damaged by frost, as was the case with some fuschias and arum lilies last winter. All are fully recovered now albeit they were slower this year.

Should I still expose this bulb, if it is a nerine?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes you should expose the neck of the bulb, otherwise it will never flower and that would be very frustrating.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: nerine conditions Reply with quote

Thanks Michael, I will do that,

cheers.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks all great info there
looking forward to the spring to plant them now lol
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