Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Growing Gunnera manicata from fresh seed off the plant.
Gunnera manicata , one of the most magnificent plants that we can easily grow here in Cornwall . Look at those spiky stems and it's gorgeous flower spire , or inflorescence .
I ,ve just got to have a go at growing this from seed , just out of sheer curiosity .
I guess those tiny orange berries contain the seeds ...so I,ve pulled one off .
I have no idea wether this is the right time or not , but there are plenty more to experiment with if this doesn,t work .
I,m only guessing but this should be the way that nature intended it to happen .
The berries drop off onto the surrounding very damp soil , surrounding the mother plant.
....where they then lie and the juicy surrounding part of the berry decomposes away .
So I,ve scraped a few off .
Sprinkled them on to some compost in a little tray , which is very rain soaked .
Leave outside and wait ......and watch .
Maybe put into cold frame if it turns really cold .
Label " Gunnera berries to stratify "
I will do another tray of seeds which I have squished out of the berries .
Had a wonderful evening in Truro to see the Ukrainian Boyan Ensemble of Kiev Choir ...singing both Sacred songs and folk songs , with drum , chimes , zither and hurdy-gurdy .
Go and see them if they come your way ....worth every penny !
We prayed for peace for them and around the world , before they walked in through the dimmed lights, each holding a candle . A wonderful performance ! Their families must be so proud of each and every one of them !