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Hoheria lyallii - is anyone growing it? In a mad moment I bought seed from the Ventnor Botanic Garden (to make up for not seeing the garden - it was lashing rain!). A white flowered tree from New Zealand sounds appealing, but the "instructions" are for ANY seed, and not specific. I'm guessing I should be patient and not sow the seed just yet?? Many thanks :)



Sheila, how about e-mailing the Botanical Garden for some information on the seed?

28 Dec, 2019


I hadn't thought of that - thanks Shirley, good idea. With any luck the 'backroom boys' might be more helpful than the staff we did meet . . .

28 Dec, 2019


OK - done it. I will let you know if they respond :)

28 Dec, 2019


this is the RHS advice

How to grow

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained preferably neutral or alkaline soil in full sun or part shade in a sheltered position

Propagate by seed in a cold frame in autumn; root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

if you put the name in search bar and add rhs advice you will get a better set of info.

28 Dec, 2019


Many thanks Eileen. I’ve obviously missed the autumn sowing window, but someone at the botanic garden says I could soak the seeds and refrigerate them for 4 weeks. So I’ll try that with a few seeds and save a few more.

28 Dec, 2019


I am pleased they got back in touch with you. The fridge treatment will certainly mimic winter and it is a common treatment for many plants.

28 Dec, 2019


Yes, they were very prompt, so I’m grateful to Shirley and to you 🙂.

28 Dec, 2019

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