SPRING 2016

 

 NURSERY NEWS

SPRING 2016

 

 www.fullerplants.com        info@fullerplants.com  (613-968-4643)     175 Airport Pkwy, Belleville ON 

 THE NURSERY OPENS MAY 4 

 

 

Join us for a new season of planting and growing.  During May and June the nursery is open Wed to Sat, 8:30-6:00.

Our website has an updated list of what we are growing this year as well as our plug tray and plant collections.

We also provide property consultations (1.5hr visit plus a follow-up report).  Email or call the nursery to set up a time.

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed)

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)

 FEATURED PLANT 
 
MILKWEED FAMILY
 
Every spring we receive many inquiries about Milkweed plants and seeds.  The family has received much attention recently because Milkweed    (Asclepias spp) is used by the Monarch butterfly as a host for its caterpillars and as a nectar source for adults.  Roughly a dozen species grow in Ontario and all can be used by Monarchs, but the 3 easiest to find and use in the garden are A. incarnata, (Swamp Milkweed), A. tuberosa   (Butterflyweed) and A. syrica (Common Milkweed).  
 
Swamp Milkweed is bright fuchsia, grows in a clump and is best suited to average to moist soils.  Butterflyweed also grows in  clump but does best on sandy, rocky, well-drained soils - avoid locations that are wet in the winter.  It resents transplanting so should be left where you plant it.  
Common Milkweed is easy to grow in many locations but it can be quite aggressive and spreads by underground shoots - best used for naturalizing and not in a perennial garden.
 
At the nursery, we find that the Monarchs choose Swamp Milkweed on which to lay their eggs most often.
 
These 3 species of Milkweed are easy to grow from seed.  You can obtain near 100% germination using the following technique.  Store the seed in barely damp vermiculite or peat moss for 4 weeks in the fridge (a resealable plastic bag works well).  Then sow the the seeds in a pot on top of the potting mix (seeds need light to germinate). Water a keep the pot in a plastic bag in bright light - not direct sun - until seeds germinate.  Remove the bag and grow the seedlings until they have 2 or 3 sets of true leaves and can be carefully transplanted.
If you have room in the fridge, you can sow the seeds on the surface of the pot, water and store the whole pot on the fridge for 4 weeks.
Collect seed in late summer just as the pods are drying and starting to split.
 
Adult Monarch butterflies feed on a wide range of flowers so even if you don't grow any Milkweed plants, growing native flowering plants that produce nectar in the late summer will still help to support them.
 
Other pollinators will also feed at Milkweed flowers and a few beetle species will chew the leaves.  Some people are sensitive to the latex sap of the plants.
 
 
 
 
 COLLECTING WOODLAND FLOWER SEEDS 

Soon the woods will be full of spring flowers, many of which will work in a shade or woodland garden.  Most species produce a lot of seed and are not hard to grow from seed.  To be successful at introducing these plants to your garden, here are some tips:

1.  Collect seed as it ripens (some leaves go dormant quickly so mark the spot when you see the plants blooming).  Ripe seed will usually be brown or black.

2.  Don't let the seed dry out - plant or store it immediately.  You can mix fresh seed with damp vermiculite or peat and store it in a resealable bag in a dark/cool spot until you sow it in Nov.  You can also put the bag in the fridge in Nov. for the winter and sow the seed in pots in Mar/Apr.  The seed needs a cold/moist treatment.

3.  Some species take a year or more to germinate so sow seeds over a multiple years.

Species to try:
Trillium (seed ripens in July)     Spring Beauty (ripens May)    
Hepatica (ripens May)                Dogtooth Violet (ripens May)  
Bellwort (ripens July)                 Bloodroot (ripens May)
Wild Ginger (ripens June)          Jack-in-the-pulpit (ripens Aug/Sep)
Dutchman's Breeches (ripens May)

(Trillium seed with fleshy attachments, 'elaiosomes', which attract ants and help with seed dispersal)

  BIRDS  
 
Fuller Native and Rare Plants is a proud supporter of Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and a percentage of our sales goes to sponsor its work.

 The Observatory is open to the public during banding season (Apr13-May30).  If you're in the area, you can participate in their Spring Birding Festival, May 14-23  (check their website at www.peptbo.ca)

Another way you can support bird conservation is to sponsor Peter Fuller in the Great Canadian Birdathon during the month of May.  Peter's goal this year is 110 species in 24 hours.
 
Contact Peter (613-968-4643) or
petefullz@hotmail.com  
or  donate directly online at <http://birdscanada.kintera.org/birdathon/pfuller>
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Baltimore Oriole banded at PEPtBO

 ARISAEMA 
 
Spring specials (pick-up at the nursery only) for Newsletter subscribers.  Please mention the newsletter to receive the special price
 
Arisaema fargesii - $15
Arisaema ciliatum v. liubaense - $12
 
Fall preview:  We hope to have a small number of A. candidissimum and A. ovale available.  Watch for the summer newsletter.
 SPRING EVENTS 
 
April 11 (Monday) - Peter will be speaking at the Port Hope Garden Club
 
May 15 (Sunday 9- 2) - Rare and Unusual Plant Sale (Ottawa Experimental Farm) - we will have a booth at the sale.  More info: 
 
Tomato Plants - we are sorry that we cannot provide heritage tomato plants this year.  We are glad to recommend other local growers who can provide plants - contact the nursery for a recommendation
 
 
 

Drosera (Sundews)