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November Woodland Garden Tips

Collecting Seeds

Collecting seeds from native trees provides an interesting occupation for children and seed companies or native tree suppliers will often pay good pocket money for acorns, beech mast, walnuts or sweet chestnuts.  Sowing a few yourself next spring will also keep children interested.

Read our guide on collecting, storing and planting seeds.
 

Collecting seeds - sweet chestnutclick for larger image
Collecting seeds - sweet chestnutclick for larger image
Collecting seeds - sweet chestnutclick for larger image

 

 

 

 

Protecting Gunnera

The best way to ensure that your Gunnera manicata survive the winter is to cut the leaves off now and drape them over the main rhizome and crown.  Then cover the whole area with dead leaves, leaf mould or peat to keep the frost out.   For more details see full article - How to care for Gunnera.

4. Cut off all of the leavesclick for larger image
Cut off all of the leaves
6. Use straw, dry leaves or shredded paper to cover bud thicklyclick for larger image
Use straw, dry leaves or shredded paper to cover bud
9. Stack all the leaves one on top of the other until the bud is completely coveredclick for larger image
Stack all the leaves one on top of the other over bud
10. Creating a protective wigwam of leavesclick for larger image
Creating a protective wigwam of leaves

Protecting Tree Ferns

3. Use straw, dry leaves or shredded paper to protect the unfurled leavesclick for larger image
Protect crown, with paper, straw or fleece.
5. Use hessian or fleece and wrap this around the top half of the trunk and the growing point/budclick for larger image
Wrap hessian / fleece, around the top half of the trunk.
9. A safely wrapped tree fernclick for larger image
A safely wrapped tree fern.

 

Tree Ferns will happily withstand minus 10°C and even if all the fronds turn brown the crown will still generate new fronds next Spring.  It is therefore advisable to protect the crown.  The best way is to gather the fronds upright and wrap fleece around the crown where the fronds start.   For more details see full article - How to care for Tree Ferns.

Protecting Patio Plants

Bring potted plants indoorsclick for larger image
Bring potted plants indoorsclick for larger image

Bring tender scented rhododendrons grown in pots outside for the summer back into the greenhouse or conservatory before the first frosts.
 

Evergreen Cuttings

Now is the best time to take cuttings of evergreen plants such as hollies, (evergreen) vacciniums, (evergreen) oaks and conifers.


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