Off topic: Jacaranda update
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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Jun 8, 2008

An update for those who kindly gave me advice about growing the Jacaranda seeds I brought back from Mexico:

It was amazingly difficult to open the pods - I had to use a hammer in the end, but succeeded in extracting the floaty little seeds.
According to your advice, I soaked some in hot water for 24 hours and then planted them in compost. Others I planted in compost without soaking.
The soaked ones started germinating two weeks later, the unsoaked ones about four weeks later, and I now have enough Jacaranda seedlings (about 6 inches high) to plant an orchard or avenue in due course. First of all I'll grow them indoors, of course, but may try one or two outdoors to see how they get on (we have a mild climate here in West Cornwall and hard frosts are extremely rare).
Thank you again, everyone.
Jenny


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Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
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memories Jun 8, 2008

Hi Jenny, with your forum you brought back wonderful memories I have with Jakaranda trees. Thanks
Several years ago I lived in Pretoria SA, in a house called Jakaranda House with beautiful Jakaranda trees along the street. Gosh! What a wonderful time it was!
Enjoy your Sunday and your Jakaranda seedlings
Cheers, Ewa


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Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
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Interesting Jun 8, 2008

Didn't see your original posting, and was just browsing. I think there's one of these in a garden I drive past most days, flowering very nicely at the moment. Will try and look more closely! I'm in Oxfordshire.

P.S. Thank you Jack

[Edited at 2008-06-08 12:02]


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Previous thread Jun 8, 2008

For Jenny's original posting, see http://www.proz.com/forum/off_topic/101756-growing_jacaranda_from_seeds.html

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If you are ever travelling through Greece... Jun 8, 2008

... in the springtime, you may pass through the small sea-side town of Nafpaktos. Rich in the history of both Ancient and modern Greece it's center is particularly beautiful and picturesque. It's main square is lined with jacarandas and it is striking as you drive in.



Here's a photo of the main square and its trees, although it was taken at the "wrong" time as far as flowering is concerned.

If you turn your back on the square, you will see the tiny port and its Venetian fortifications



Lina

[Edited at 2008-06-08 11:37]

[Edited at 2008-06-09 11:02]


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Orchard indoors? Jun 9, 2008

Jenny Forbes wrote:

I now have enough Jacaranda seedlings (about 6 inches high) to plant an orchard or avenue in due course. First of all I'll grow them indoors, of course, but may try one or two outdoors to see how they get on


Are you going to plant an orchard in your house then? Your house must be huge!

Just kidding, I'm glad your Jacaranda project is getting on so well. Thanks for keeping us posted!


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Same here Jun 9, 2008

Evonymus wrote:

Several years ago I lived in Pretoria SA, in a house called Jakaranda House with beautiful Jakaranda trees along the street. Gosh! What a wonderful time it was!


I also lived in the "Jacaranda City" (Pretoria, SA) - in my case, most of my adult life as it's where I went to university, lived and mostly worked (except for a few years in Johannesburg) - so this thread brings back fond memories for me too.

Very few sights outdo the view of Pretoria from the Union Buildings when the jacarandas are in bloom.

Sigh ... homesick again
Debs

PS: Jenny, I think they'd be quite resiliant to frost anyhow. We had a lot of frost in Pretoria, it regularly dips below zero point there - winter mornings are freezing!


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A palace ... Jun 9, 2008

Margreet Logmans wrote:

Jenny Forbes wrote:

I now have enough Jacaranda seedlings (about 6 inches high) to plant an orchard or avenue in due course. First of all I'll grow them indoors, of course, but may try one or two outdoors to see how they get on


Are you going to plant an orchard in your house then? Your house must be huge!

Just kidding, I'm glad your Jacaranda project is getting on so well. Thanks for keeping us posted!


You're right, Margreet! I live in a palace - I'm one of those "translation princesses" we've been reading about in another forum thread here.
Maybe I should give up translation now that I've made my vast pile and concentrate on growing exotic plants in unsuitable climates.
Best wishes,
Jenny


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Happily ever after Jun 9, 2008

Jenny Forbes wrote:

You're right, Margreet! I live in a palace - I'm one of those "translation princesses" we've been reading about in another forum thread here.
Maybe I should give up translation now that I've made my vast pile and concentrate on growing exotic plants in unsuitable climates.
Best wishes,
Jenny


Well then Jenny, may you and your Jacarandas live happily ever after!


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Claire Cox
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Good luck Jun 9, 2008

Good luck with your outdoor attempts, Jenny. I grew some albizia (silk tree) seeds four or five years ago after falling in love with the trees and their pink silky tassles on a holiday in Pelion in Greece. I've managed to keep one of the seedlings growing on in pots, it's survived my divorce and several house moves from the West Coast of Scotland to the South-East of England, and it was planted outside in a sunny border in my garden in East Sussex last year. So far so good - no flowers yet, but it's a stocky little plant about 3 feet tall and I'm ever hopeful.....

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Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
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[FWIW!] Woops, mine was a blue catalpa flowering, not a jacarancda... nice though!

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