CindySue's blog: A pair of Annies

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 6:36 PM

Pruned the annies when I got them. Let them rest about a week and repotted them. Didn't pot them together but they're together with their own pots.

Pruned them a small amount again today and stuck a soft cutting with the scraggliest one - both putting on lots of growth but the scraggly one isn't keeping up. He's on the right and leaning WAY over to the left. He doesn't seem happy. I may cut him all the way back and nurse the suckers. His leaves are well formed, perfectly green and standing out but they are SUPER, super thin. There's something going on there, I SUSPECT in the lower portion of that wacky mainstem. The suckers are good and strong but there is no activity at all along that long bare portion of the stem. The other has sported growth all up and down his previously leggy stem so I'll be removing his suckers.

The seeds are Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica). Not sure how they're going to fare (or if they'll even germinate). I'm a little out of their comfort zone BUT I have a dozen of them and a thermodynamic plan - so we'll see. I'll be putting a wick mat under their tray as they reportedly like moisture but not necessarily in the form of water, LOL, which is tricky with the soil I'm using and this dry wind. I'm sprinkling them 2 or 3 times per day with a shaker and wetting their tray but they don't stay moist. Apparently they need sun and moisture without actually being wet to germinate so...we'll see. I might make them a little baby moisture-harvesting cover. I think I have a way that will draft the heat out the top and cool the air coming in the bottom AND drip so they can have their moisture but not boil in it. Actually, the wick might be all they need. We'll see.

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