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By Westo9

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I've got some seeds (berries) in the fridge now,when is the time to plant them and how? I've tried for three years trying to strike cuttings,they either fail completely or I get them rooting then they wither and die.
Many thanks in anticipation of a reply,
Bruce.


On plant Viburnum x bodnantense


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Plant them in small pots or in seed trays just under the surface of compost in the early spring in a coldframe, prick them out when the second set of true leaves appear. You're right to keep them in the fridge, they do need a cold spell to germinate properly, though actually, being left outside would have done the job perfectly well with the weather we've been having, lol! Note that any seedlings you raise will be variable, not necessarily the same as the plant you collected the berries from.

13 Jan, 2010

 

Really, they should hve been sown fresh. However, my book says that you need to squash the berries, and spread them on the surface of a pot with loam-based compost. Cover them with horticultural grit, label, and leave the pot/s in a cold place. Germination takes from 6 - 18 months. Then you pot them up singly and grow them on for about 2 years.

A long process - so good luck!

13 Jan, 2010

 

We posted at the same time, Bamboo! One of the methods should work, shouldn't it! :-)))

13 Jan, 2010

 

the best advice that I can give you is go on the net to,www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Viburnum+x+bodnantense and click the sixth heading down, that will tell you the lot.

13 Jan, 2010

 

Puzzled by the lack of success with the cuttings though. I have taken dozens with a 99 percent strike rate and about the same for growing them on. If you want a particular variety of x bodnantense then layering is as easy a method as any. Takes about the same length of time as seed!

13 Jan, 2010

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Agree with Owdboggy - I'm got great with cuttings myself, but I've had plenty of success with V. x bodnantense. Can you give some info on how you're doing it and then we might be able to tell you what you're doing wrong with your cuttings?

13 Jan, 2010

 

Sincere thanks to all who responded with your helpful comments,what a nice lot of people you are,brilliant.

Bruce.

15 Jan, 2010

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