I was chatting with someone in the UK last summer about seeds for silk floss tree. It was late summer and they are only available in 'spring'. I have some now, but, I cannot find the thread or an email from the requestor. If entrance into heaven is based on filing skills I am doomed!
Dale just been looking through your trade list trying to find something i can send you in return,
I did have Iochroma (mini angels trumpet) Blue
Well i say i did... i still do but there in a pot in the electric propagator. Did you still want some? I'll look to see if i have any seed at work if you want some.
Seeds for Iochroma (mini angels trumpet) Blue would be nice. I am in the address exchange.
Silk Floss seed use the wind to disperse. I would think that they have no special requirements to germinate, except they like it warm? I have found that if you know the climate of origin, the season they shed their seed then you can guess what conditions are best for germination. I have never seen this tree reseed itself here. I would guess that means the seed is not fertile or temps are not right for it.
Mike, I don't have real nice gardens, I work in some real nice gardens-I am a gardener by trade. www.dalethegardener.com
I wonder if it was pictures of one of your projects you posted.
I wanted to do gardening when i left school but the trade has such massive fluctuations i decided to do something a bit more year round. So now i run a garden centre.
I'll check work tommorow for those seeds and let you know. The ones i allready sowed have leaves so i think there past sending.
Is there anything else not on you wants list, that you fancy?
Do you need anything else of a tropical nature? I am very adept at getting rare plants (seeds too). I figure if I build up enough 'credit' I can ask you to do something devious like send a slip of agapanthus stolen from Kew. :-)
Hey if i lived anywhere near Kew i would no problem at all. The uk is a small place but thats still a long way from here.
There is someone that lives nearer there "Laurie" .
Do you know which variety of Agapanthus it is youre after, or is it just because its from Kew?
This is the last of my plants to find list
Chorisia speciosa (Ceiba speciosa) silk floss tree, ceiba del Brasil, kapok
Romneya coulteri tree poppy
Sophora Japanese pagoda tree
And the last 3 on there are easy enough to get from work, just havn't seen them recently.
Once i have a Silk floss i can happily die! heheh
I forgot to check those seeds at work today (wasn't anywhere near the seed section) but i will!
I just wish they had plant sales, just so I could say that 'This plant is from Kew Gardens'. Status symbol plant. Also, agapanthus was the only plant growing there that I know would live here. And I was being frivolous. I need to learn to use the 'LOL'.
I checked mapquest and in central Lincoln you are 145 miles from the gate at Kew and most of the trip is on the A1(M). I always took the trains when I was in London.
The plants you are seeking (above) are all West Coast-California plants. I only have low elevation (read hot & humid) plants. The seeds you want are from maritime climates that have cool temps most of the year. When you think of FL plants think Brazilian rainforest.
We have 7 months where are night time lows are around 23C. The only seeds I have that might produce an interesting plant are the Cassia, they grow and bloom in containers quite well.
I am not concerned about getting anything in return, ever. I am hoping that you are getting fertile seed and that it will sprout for you. I would like to know how they turn out, that's all.
Bromileads are widely used in the landscape here...
[quote]Resin, what is umber? I get the North and the Land, but...[/quote]
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Dale, I'm guessing Resin has a fantastic accent too, if you like English language!
The trip to Kew you are probably right, its kind of relative i suppose. Small country so it seems like a long way. Its easier and quicker (and cheaper) for me to fly to most of Europe than it is to get to London.
I do like tropical gardens in a none tropical country. Winter is a real pain though. But with low rain it could be worse!
I have recently got cassia seeds and germinated them they are about 2 weeks ahead of the Mini angels trumpets.
I took me a while to find something long enough to poke the fibres out of the tube.
I've not really had chance to explore the floss to find the seed yet though (waiting for a day when the baby isn't trying to eat everything)
Resin, that was a great document, short and to the point, written for everyone to understand. I think I will try a sprout a few of the seeds I collected. The tree is still dropping seed.
The way the seed moves around in the wind is very interesting to see. The seed is held suspended in the center of a big round ball of very light fibers. You can see right thru the 'ball', it is almost transparent. They roll across the turf in a modest breeze, very effective way to travel.
Since you deal with seeds on a regular basis, especially ones that most folks would consider 'rare' I am wondering if you have any research tips for me. I am trying to find out how to grow Lupinus diffusus from seed. It is a uncommon native from the SE section of the USA. I suspect that it germinates at cool temps. We don't have much rain here in the fall/winter season in central FL, which may explain why I have only found one colony and most of the plants look to be the same age. We have very few years when the fall is wet. Further north the rain is more consistent and this plant is more common.
I find Plant Piles to be very little help.
I have been checking on this group of plants every 10 days for 2 months to make sure I get some of the seed, the plants are 70 miles to the SE of my home, so it was a very lenghty process. It paid off this last Sunday and I am now the proud owner of several hundred drying seed pods. I will have at least a 1,000 seeds (or trade beads as I like to call them). If you are interested I can send some.
"Seed scarified in concentrated sulfuric acid for 90 min followed by immersion in water for 24 hr resulted in the
best emergence of viable seed (≈ 41%). Mechanical scarification with sandpaper for up to 30 min
did not improve seedling emergence. Immersing seed in 90C (194F) water which was then
allowed to cool for 24 hr apparently killed or severely injured the embryos as no seedlings
emerged from seeds treated with hot water. There was only 5% seedling emergence for
nonscarified seed that were soaked in water at room temperature for 24 hr. Emergence was not
improved by soaking scarified seed in 1000 mg/liter (ppm) GA3 for 24 hr prior to sowing the seeds"
Got to hand it to her she knows where to find stuff on the internet.
I have never used any kinds of acid or anything,
As far as Lupins go i only have a couple of the less common ones, plus some common as muck.
Lupin band of nobles mixed Sow feb to june or sept to oct at 15-20c cover lightly takes 18-21 days.
Lupin gallery blue Sow feb to june or sept to oct at 15-20c cover lightly takes 18-21 days.
Lupin gallery pink Sow feb to june or sept to oct at 15-20c cover lightly takes 18-21 days.
Lupinus arboreus plummy blue Sow in autumn fresh seed leave out in all weather cover with sand takes 2-3 weeks.
Lupinus texensis Sow in autumn in a cold frame.
Also this fella who looks promising so far (not a real Lupin but worth a dabble)
Thermopsis lupinoides Sow in autumn or spring cover lightly use a cold greenhouse.
If you manage to get some growing i would love to try those seeds if you have some to spare after getting the plants you need.
If you do then i could send some to Janet as she s just down the road from me if thats acceptable?
I will have plenty of seed to spare and this plant is hardy to Z6, that should include most of the UK. And from Paris south. It is a rabbit ear leaf ground cover. If I do have success with it I will make sure it doesn't set much seed. The plants I got these from are looking badly using all their resources on seed. We are having a drought, 1" of rain in the last 4 months, it is dry-deep.
Janet, I have GA-3 (gibberellic acid) in the fridge. I use it on some of those pesky S.African seeds that I get fresh, it really helps break domancy in some, especially the bulbs. I was thinking of trying it, not now however. Now, where does one find concentrated sulfuric acid? Not at the local grocery.
I am going to get a few to go for me.
I have also been crossing specie and hybrid amayllis. Willy Nilly with the pollen and no record keeping. I am working with one of the forces of nature, but, can't make up my mind if it is choas or anarchy?
Janet you worry me with what you find on the internet. Next it will be bomb making equipment! lol
Good luck with the acid. We used to use acid of some kind for putting in the water when watering plants. Can;t for the life of me remember what type it was. I know it used to make a real mess of your clothes even when you didn't think you'd splashed.
Now i thought i'd surprise you with sending those mini angles trumpet seed (Acnistus) but i'm struggling to find a site in the Uk or the Us! Do you know anywhere that sells them?
Not that its a surprise now though!
I have not been able to find any, Thompson & Morgan sold them, but, no longer.
I would prefer a starter plant. I am not that good with seeds.
I found a nursery in Oregon, USA that sells the plant and they turned out to be jerks. They told me that they would only ship the plant by FedEx, that it would take 10 days to get to FL, and that if it died I would not be able to get a replacement.
I did find a plant at about 34 dollars and 30 dollars, thought i could probably fly over and bring one of mine cheaper!
I got mine from T&M its a shame you didn't ask me a few months ago, when i had the seed. I'm really hoping that i get plants that make it to flowering size now though and set seed!. Not a clue how to get to that stage though. i'm at the true leaf stage now thats all!
Orchid is Cattleya hybrid, I am useless when it comes to plant tags and names. I take care of the orchids for my clients. Every few years they need to be divided. I chop up the plants, return the best parts to their containers & the rest goes home with me. I grow them on and then give them away, once in awhile I keep one.
If I kept every plant that goes through my hands in a year I would have to plant in the neighbors yard (for several houses in all directions). I could stock a small nursery with my leftovers. I have people stop by sometimes and ask if I sell plants. Many folks in the neighborhood stop by for advice. I have a sign on a stick that I put in the ground by the curb that says "FREE" and then surround it with the orphans. People from the area cruise by on Thursday to see what is waiting for a new home. This week there will be 3 #3cans of red Hibiscus, a part tray of 4" coleus India Frills, 3 full trays of Impatiens and assorted odds and ends. The wholesale nurseries where I buy plants are miles away, out of town. I have to buy a few extra in case some get trashed or for other reasons. It is better to buy 6 extra 4" coleus (@ 60 cents) than to drive 25 miles thru city traffic to get more. On one of my jobs (the yard is 180' by 180') I took out several banana clumps. The total plants, when divided up, was about 25. I put the clumps out on the curb and they were gone before I had finished my breakfast.
About the seed potential of Acnistus australis. If you have humming birds they will do all the work for you. I check Plant Piles every now and again to see if someone has a plant they want to part with. No luck so far. I am not very good with seed.
Here is my front drive, from this winter, with the plants I had bought. I try and get all my plants once a week. Saves time and gasoline (& every one gets the trip charge)>
I have a tall plant of the supposedly white one in the greenhouse, it appeared to die back over winter but is now shooting from all the stem to the top. I got it in a swap with someone, a blue too but it was fragile and loosened in the compost so died.
I had to go over to Orlando (80 miles east) today to get some plant materials. The area is known for it's theme parks. At one of the Disney Parks (Epcot) they have a big early summer flower. Here are a couple of things I saw.
I have been spending all of my excess cash (now there is an oxymoron) on dental work, $15,000 since the lst of the year. Next I am getting new lenses, for my failing eyesight, they are $5,000 each. No European vacation any time soon. I wish we had socialized medicine here.
Hmmm The hospitals here are not what you would expect though. You would have paid for dental work here too. I can't get a Free dentist because there aren't any available! Eye care i'm not sure but i guess if you actually want to see again i would pay for that too.
I pay £50 a month for the family to go private.
Don't get me wrong what we have is good for emergencies and for the less well off to get treatment. But thats all.
Wholesale there about £6ea for a box of 12 but the price varies alot due to dutch clock auction prices. Also depends on what grade and the colour mixes. We tend to buy higher grades i.e more flower stalks/flowers and the darker pink with patterns. Other shops may pay less depending on their market.
Retail price can be anywhere from £10 to £19.99 but usually about 12/14.99.
Heres another orchid.
That seems like fair price considering how far North you are and all the shipping involved. The heating costs of a greenhouse in Holland during winter must add to the cost of doing business.
I just ordered 2 cases of Epidendrum hybrid orchids this afternoon, are you familiar with them? We use them as a landscape plant, they are terrestrial. I have seen them mounted on wood too. The species grow in central and south America on cliffs and exposed rocks. Here are some of the colors I am getting http://www.matsuinursery.net/epidendrum.html
These are in a 4" pot, in bloom. The nice thing about this type is that it produces kiki (plantlets) on the stem just below the flower. Next time I ship something off to you I will include a couple small starters.
Mike, I plant seeds all the time. My germination rate is the problem.
I order a lot of seed from Silverhill in S.Africa. Mostly summer growing bulbs and winter herbaceous flowers. Most of the time some species make it. I would guess that I have about a 60% success rate, not a sterling performance. I don't have the equipment you have access to, I just toss them into a pot of good soil. I have a great success with cuttings.
heheh. I got a catolougue before i got the order confirmed!.
Sounds like there more interested in the next order allready.
It did entice me to make a list though. But i have no more room for seeds. I have nearly sowed all my colections this spring so lots of pricking out to do.