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Seeds and germination issues / Plants and seedling swaps and wishes.
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:26:17 PM »
Following on from the excellent posts from Allan and Eileen in seed stratification we could possibly post on here where members can buy, sell, swap or source excess or unusual plants or seedlings that they are looking for or wish to pass on to other members.

There is the 50/50 plant sale at meetings which proves to be very popular at re distributing plants and provides additional  funds for the group and payment to the member. We would wish that this would continue and indeed increase so that we have more plants for sale from members attending the meetings so if you are coming to a meeting and you have excess at home please bring it in with you for sale or as a donation for the prize draw.

Unfortunately not all members are able to attend meetings but could have plants or seedlings they may wish to pass on in some way to others so they could post what they think on here. It may also be that some members are looking for particular seedlings or plants that they have not had success with or in finding but would like to grow. Members may have been really successful at germination of a particular seed and others may not have been so lucky for some unknown reason so it would be better if these were passed on rather than discarded.

Some of our members also operate nurseries so they too if they had  particular plants that they think would be unusual or of particular interest to our members they could advise this . Its difficult a home to continue growing on the big monocarpic plants from seed but if one or two could be purchased when small enough it could help keep these big ones going if seed is saved.

A get together in the flowering season as Allan has suggested has happened in  previous years would also be a good way for members to gain or exchange material. Possibly some members may wish to set up some sort of regional event that they could post here and if anyone in or outwith the area wished to  attend I am sure all would be welcome. I could certainly do something for South Lanarkshire in June.

Its over to you now members, what do you think? We have 225 members spread over the country and the world so we could do more to ensure succession of these wonderful plants.

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Members New & Notice Board / Meconopsis Group meetings.
« on: February 15, 2017, 11:03:10 AM »
Meconopsis Group meeting & AGM to be held on Saturday, 4th March, 2017.

Venue: Conference Room, Royal Botanic Garden, 20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR.

AGENDA.

10.00-10.30 Arrivals, Teas & Coffee.

10.30-11.00 AGM including changes to the constitution.

11.00-12.00 Julia Corden. In the footsteps of Ludlow and Sherriff, over 8 years in Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.

12.00-12.30 Ian Scott. "Has anyone seen my Meconopsis bella seed?"

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Alan Elliot. History of Meconopsis cultivation at RBGE from 1842 until (almost) present.

14.30-15.00 Matt Heasman. The Forum.

15.00-15.15 Questions.

Guests will be made welcome at the meeting.

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Seeds and germination issues / Storing seed once collected
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:08:01 AM »
What advice from experienced growers would they give on best way to store seed once collected?

At the moment I collect  the seed capsules and store them in a paper bag on the window ledge for a few days.  I feel I need to give it those  few days to ensure it is dry enough before harvesting the seed. I then store the collected, cleaned seed in a paper bag in a plastic lidded container in the fridge. I used to put everything directly in to the fridge but found sometimes I had some mould on the seeds once the bag was opened again.

ALSO,  sometimes there can be tiny insects in the seed capsules and you don't want them to get in to your fridge! so leaving the bag open on the window ledge allows them to get out.

I mark the plastic container with a bright red marker with all sorts of warnings, keep out! do not throw away! and most importantly, do not open seeds inside! as you just never know what other family members may open the box and spill everything or worse still throw the box out thinking its old food that has been in there for months.

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