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

Ginkgo biloba

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

24/05/19 - I planted some Ginkgo biloba seeds last winter and they are finally emerging 🤗. It needs a cold period before they germinate so either cold stratification is required or a period of winter outdoors. I’m going to be helping out my tutor at the Hampton Court Flower Show in July, who holds the national collection of Ginkgo biloba and cultivars, where he’ll be exhibiting. Great plant, and considering there is only one species he’s amassed a big collection of many varying forms from.....

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richard.spicer.7906

...around the world. So if your going to Hampton Court this year then please go find the exhibit by the National Plant Collection of Ginkgos and come and say hi 😄👋🏼 there will also be lots of info there about this plant and it’s prehistoric history. I’ll be there most days, but not all.

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ladeebug

I love the ginkgo leaf

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ublaszko

It's such a slow growing tree 😥 I bought a tiny sapling on Amazon a couple of years ago 😉

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s beautiful Deanna, and surprisingly many different forms and shapes. You can get some awesome variegated ones. There will be some on display at this flower show so I’ll make sure I take some pics to show everyone here on GT 👍🏼😊 @ladeebug

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richard.spicer.7906

Ooo off amazon?? I didn’t even know you could buy plants of amazon 😂 that’s something I now need to go and look at to see what goodies I can get! I agree, they certainly are slow growing. Do you feed it? A good feed twice a year would be good if you’ve got it in a container 🤔 @ublaszko

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ublaszko

It's a bit of a hit and miss. The ginkgo I bought only had about 5 leaves and I think it was 9cm tall. I should have read description better 😅 I also bought poet's jasmine but instead got 2 red jasmines (no label 😬) so it's definitely not great quality. I haven't bought anything since but mainly because the delivery tends to cost the same as J Parker's and J Parker's guarantee replacements.

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richard.spicer.7906

Mines almost 10cm tall now and it’s only a few weeks old since germination. I’ve now got 4 out of 10 germinated. I’ll be surrounded by Gingkos in three weeks when I’m working at Hampton Court so I’ll see what tips my tutor recommends, (given he has the national collection!) and will let you know 😊👍🏼 @ublaszko

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ublaszko

Awww such a cute tree 💚 Makes me think of baby Groot from Guardians of the galaxy 😅 Mine is looking a bit yellow between leaf veins so need to sort that out this week.

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richard.spicer.7906

Oh yes, get some feed on it quick @ublaszko 👍🏼

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ublaszko

I reckon it has enough nutrients as it doesn't seem to be particularly vigorous or hungry plant. It's probably something to do with tap water or soil bring too alkaline. I tested my soil/pots with a pH soil meter (before it broke 😬) and it's between pH 7.5 and 8.

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richard.spicer.7906

Hope you find a solution then @ublaszko 👍🏼 - I would recommend testing your soil using a different method than the meter, maybe the traditional ph kit to be sure your original reading was correct, I’m not sure what soil you are growing yours in but I would still consider feeding it if it’s not had one this year, esp if it’s container grown as I’m sure you know already that nutrients can leach rapidly in a container compared to the ground.

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