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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Acer

  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

I’m learning so many new skills now as part of my RHS course. One of yesterday’s level 3 practicals was to be assessed on veneer grafting with Acers - experimented with a few different types (not sure which ones I picked as scion material - ie the final tree - but got a broad selection for sure). Fingers crossed they take 🤓🍁🍁 #acer #acergraft #graft

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euphorbia

Hope they do well Richard, sounds fascinating.

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jonners73

How cool is that!

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jacaranda

Sounds like fun, Rich. If I was a few years younger I might be tempted to embark on a similar course as it looks so interesting, but I'll potter around in my own garden instead and enjoy following your progress. Good luck! @richard.spicer.7906

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jeatacake

Impressive stuff 👏 Often thought about having a go at this myself, particular with apple trees. Maybe one day! 😁. Keep us posted as to how yours get on 👍

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terrimclaughlin

I went back after graduating high school in 1972!! Went back to college in 2011 I’m going to go again this spring if possible we touched on grafting and that’s what I’m going back for—propagating and maybe “woody plants”. Their a challenge for me to propagate. Maybe I should try grafting. Any tips in propagating ex. Bougainvillea/hybiscus took me 2 yrs to successfully propagate my bougainvillea 😱😱😱

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richard.spicer.7906

I’m loving it at the moment, although it has been quite challenging to fit the time the last few months as doing full time job during the week and going to college at the weekend. But worth it - only six months left to go and two thirds the way through. You should definitely try the propagating class - I find that the most fascinating topic. The general trend I’ve learnt to date is that most woody shrubs can be propagated by taking semi ripe cuttings in autumn before the winter. @terrimclaughlin

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richard.spicer.7906

(Continued) @terrimclaughlin - although not sure specifically for Bogainvillea/Hibiscus - there are quite a few ornamental shrubs that are commercially grown via grafting as this can sometimes be a more viable option and can improve the plant vigour if using the right rootstock. I’ll see what I can find out for you 😊👍🏼

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