Back in October 2014 we posted about collecting Agapanthus seed.
We continue this very easy process at this time of the year by sowing the seeds.
The pictures below show how seed was collected from Agapanthus Arctic Star growing in the garden in Autumn 2014.
The ripe seed heads were tapped onto a tray and the black seeds separated from the husk. The seed was stored in an envelope and labled then put in the fridge.
Seed was then sowed into 1L pots of seed compost and covered lightly. Then they were watered in and placed in a greenhouse to germinate.
Now, we simply wait…
Top Tip: It’s always a good idea when sowing seeds that you use new sterile pots and sterile compost or soil. If you use your own compost mix you will endanger your developing seeds with bacteria, viruses or fungi. However, in this age of wonderful environmentally conscious folk who like to recycle and re-use. It is easy enough to wash old pots with warm soapy water, sterilize your own compost in the microwave and boil rain water to kill the bugs. That is of course all well and good if your electricity supplier uses renewable energy!
If you were excited to see Rhododendrons get a mention on the recent the BBC Two series The Great British Garden Revival, you will be delighted to hear that Pine Cottage is now offering seed raised species Rhododendrons for sale.
(Picture above accredited to ichef.bbci.co.uk)
Richard Fulcher has always had a passion for Rhododendrons and has many mature varieties in his garden at Pine Cottage which is very much worth a visit if you can make it to deepest darkest Devon during the Spring when these glorious trees are in flower.
Rhododendrons are available in pot sizes ranging from 1.5L to 3L.
Rhododendron ciliatum Edinburgh best form
Rhododendron glischeum ssp rude
Rhododendron keiskei var cordifolia
Rhododendron maddenii subsp crassum
The availability lists for Spring 2015 are here!!
Click the following links to download a spreadsheet of availability and get your orders in quick:
Agapanthus Availability List – Spring 2015
Other Plants Availability List – Spring 2015
It’s easy to collect seed from Agapanthus plants.
As the seed pods dry they will start to release their seeds. Collect and store the papery black seeds in a paper bag in a cold place until you want to sow.
The best time for sowing is late autumn or spring. Agapanthus seeds germinate quickly in general seed compost with a light covering of sand or grit and water in well. In a cool greenhouse.
We are about to collect the seeds from Artic star here and will continue to show the process of dealing with the seelings through to the flowering plant.
It is important to note that the plants that grow from the seeds will not be identical to the parent. They will have genetical variations and you may get surprising results but you’ll have to wait around 3 years before you see a flower.
Our updated availability lists can be viewed now.
Click on the links below, the lists will open up in a new window:
2014 Autumn Availability List for AGAPANTHUS
2014 Autumn Availability List of OTHER PLANTS
Pine Cottage Plants is in the process of making online payment a reality for many of the Agapanthus cultivars but It is apparent that most normal folk who know little about plants (including the webmaster at Pine Cottage) will know even less about the complexities of pot sizes and it’s understandable that you will want to know exactly what you are ordering so Mr Fulcher has kindly taken this picture to show you all just to clarify.
These are examples of the kind of plants that are sent out via mail order.
Most of the buy online varieties are 2L or 2.5L of which you can see are very mature plants ready to flower the very next Summer.
They are kept in their pots and wrapped up with loving care and should arrive with you in good condition.
They may be on the dry side which aids with transport weights and also messiness, but Agapanthus are very good at conserving moisture in their amazing fleshy roots and their waxy leaves which helps to reduce the rate of water loss. so they will be perfectly fine in transit.
When you get them home you may need to give them a good soak and then either plant them in the ground or pot them into a nice suitable pot containing soil based compost including a slow release fertiliser.
Agapanthus ‘Arctic Star’ is one of our most popular white Agapathus cultivars. A very reliable hardy Agapanthus, it is also one of the earliest varieties to come into flower. Buy online today – Add to Cart
August 2014 – Agapanthus ‘Eggesford Sky’ growing in the Pine Cottage Collection bed at the nursery where people have been able to view all of our Agapanthus over the past 2 open weeks. This cultivar is available to buy and is a super tall upright cultivar that really makes a huge impact when on display either in the ground as it is here or in a pot.
BUY AGAPANTHUS EGGESFORD SKY IN OUR ONLINE SHOP NOW.
Snapshot of the Rhododendron species growing at Pine Cottage Plants. We are not only all about Agapanthus. If you are interested in these and any other rare or unusual plants please enquire with us or e-mail for an availability list.