Frangipani Culture part 2Last week I had part 1 of the interview with the President of the Frangipani Society of Australia.
Anthony had so much to say it was necessary to split it over two weeks.
In this part, you’ll discover quite a few extra tips and growing frangi’s as they’re known by members, and how to get them to flower well.
Let’s find out. I'm talking with Anthony Grassi from the Frangipani Society of Australia.
Frangi's can be transplanted in winter when they're dormant.
|Frangipani rubra flowers photo M. Cannon|
They now are a FB society so you can join their FB page, but if you join the society, you get to also join the financial members FB page as well as receive a lovely calendar, CD and tips on how to grow the best Frangipanis ever.
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- The real fennel (Florence fennel Foeniculum vulgare Azoricum Group;) is a cultivar group with a sort of bulb at the base that you can use in cooking, salads and stir fries.
- Also the real fennel or Florence Fennel has a much milder anise-like flavour, than wild Fennel and is more aromatic and sweeter.
- This plant is best in hot, dry climates but will grow in practically all climates of Australia. Knowing when to sow the seeds is the key.
- Timing is crucial: if sown too early, cold can cause bolting; if sown too late, plants won't fatten up before the winter
- Now is ideal, when the temperature is stable, day length is consistent and there's at least 16 weeks for bulbs to develop.
- In sub-tropical areas, you can plant or sow seeds from March until May, in temperate zones, from February until May, in cool temperate zones, you have from February until about mid- March, and for cold or mountain districts, it was February then not again until November/December unless you have a greenhouse.
- For arid areas you have March and April and again in July.
- Should you have a soil thermometer, Fennel is best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C and as a general rule of thumb, soil temperatures are around a few degrees cooler than the current air temperature.
Likes and Dislikes of Florence Fennel
- It resents disturbance and responds to any shock by bolting: so you’ll only get feathery fronds and flowers, but no swollen stems.
- Because the bulb grows only partially below ground, and mostly above ground it suits those districts with heavy soils. Otherwise, you can grow it in a pot-by itself.
- Florence Fennel isn’t too fussy with soils as long as the veggie bed, or garden bed is well drained as has compost or decayed animal manure dug in, In cool temperate districts cut back the plant to about 10cm above the ground as winter draws nearer.
- Fennel likes a well-drained soil, fertile from having been manured the previous year.
- When planting your Florence Fennel seeds –sow them about 5mm deep, and unless you’ve got a lot of space, you don’t need more than 2 or 3 because they need spacing of about 30cm.
- Never let the soil dry out because water is needed for germination, steady growth and swelling.
- If roots become visible or plants seem unsteady, earth them up to stabilise them.
- This will help make bulbs white and tender and, later, exclude frost.
- After about 6 weeks you can hill out the soil around the emerging bulb so that, like Celery, the base stays white and is more tender than if you allow the sunlight to turn it green.
- Hilling up is just mounding soil or mulch around the base of the plant.
- You can make sleeves out of newspapers or use bottomless milk cartons to keep the hilled soil from getting into the leaves of the Fennel plant.
- Plants take several months to mature that’s 3-4 months after sowing.
- Asplenium nidus is an epiphytic species of fern in the family Aspleniaceae, native to tropical southeastern Asia, eastern Australia, Hawaii, Polynesia, Christmas Island, India, and eastern Africa.
Ferns are great for shady places in the garden where not many flowering plants will go.
But do you think of ferns as a tad boring?
They’re just green right?
Wrong. Ferns come in all shapes and sizes, with so many different frond shapes and a little variation in colour as well.
But here’s a fern that’s traditionally too big to consider for indoors unless you have a conservatory, now available in a dwarf form too.
Let’s find out why we should grow it.
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- An easy way to release seed is to place the 'cone' in an oven at 120°140° C for about an hour.
- The follicles then open and the seeds can be removed with tweezers. Two black winged seeds are usually found in each follicle.