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Cultivation (growing techniques): Czech Interlude - Trough Demonstrations

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Contribution from Tim Ingram 22 July 2013, 07:09top / bottom of page
The efficacy of sequestrene

Before and after pictures with an eight day interval after watering Androsace flavescens and A. villosa ssp. glabrata with sequestrene.

A. villosa ssp. glabrata

The efficacy of sequestrene

A. flavescens

Hopefully once these plants have fully established and grown away in the sandy medium, sufficient natural nutrients (specifically iron) will be available and further treatment will not be necessary. Quite costly but worth it for such unusual and valuable plants.

Contribution from Tim Ingram 22 October 2013, 09:14top / bottom of page

Sadly Androsace flavescens has not persisted - I must try again. Many of the other plants in the trough have done well, however, and we have now protected the trough over winter with a dutch light after some very heavy rains this autumn.

Contribution from Tim Ingram 20 March 2015, 08:20top / bottom of page

A new project

Following the generosity of friends in our local Alpine Groups - Denis Catlin and Mike and Hazel Brett - we now have this wonderful collection of old sinks to use in this narrow strip where an old leyland hedge has been removed. Is there a collective noun for troughs? An alpinarium? The biggest two are around 3ft x 2ft and the smallest about half this size, and all a good depth.

After building the sand bed elsewhere - which although relatively small still involved a good bit of preparation and work and has been a good learning experience and successful for a lot of plants - this will be another very stimulating project, helped by seeing what Mike and Hazel have done in their new garden over the last year or two. We are combining this with a lot more structural work on the nursery itself so these may take a while to be rendered and re-rendered and to find their place, and plantings planned and completed through this spring and summer, but a lot of the inspiration has come from seeing what others do, particularly illustrated on the SRGC Forum and visiting different gardens - and from the Czech gardens - so we will show them as they develop (probably in the Diary entries).


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