Friday, March 29, 2013

Propagation Trial

Gearing up for the cooler months to strike cuttings, so I've set up bottom heat (1.2m) for my babies. A cosy 22C should help them decide what they should do. :-)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Natives in The Post

I've decided to branch out a bit with my hobby and buy some Correa plants from interstate, well Tasmania to be specific. I placed my order of six tubes with John Gibson, of Plants of Tasmania Nursery on the Sunday so he could mail out yesterday. They were packed in the morning and placed in a 3kg Express Post satchel and dispatched from Hobart that night and I collected them at 7.30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Plants travel well in the post if packed right, as I found out a few years ago when I sent about 15-20 Correa plants "Bare Rooted' to Canberra, something no-one dares to do, but it's all in knowing your plants.

Here's a few photos I took recently.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Summer Cuttings - Australian Natives

Summer, a real bad time to try striking native cuttings, not only because of the heat, but also because it allows a callous to form on the cutting instead of roots and cuttings may need nicking and re-dipping to force roots to form. If you get them struck, then you need to keep them out of the sun in a shady spot as they establish themselves.

These are up to the looking for shade stage.