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Rob Potterton

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Sutherlandia montana
« on: July 14, 2009, 09:57:34 AM »
Hello all. We were on holiday in Scotland two weeks ago and visited Edinburgh Botanical Garden - it's a fantastic garden if you've never been with FREE entry. Quite a stange experience to one minute be fighting your way through thousands of folk in Princes Street, then 15 minutes later walking through the gates, turning a corner and seeing one of the largest rockeries in the world. Lots of interesting stuff but this one caught my eye - Sutherlandia montana, from S. Africa, quite open and upright. Does anyone else grow it, can you advise cultivation, hardiness etc;

The last image is of Betula calcicola ACE 2387, it was growing in a clay pot in a cold frame alongside the alpine house - fifteen years after helping to collect the seed in China it's great to still find these little treasures.
Rob Potterton  Lincolnshire  UK

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Re: Sutherlandia montana
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 11:07:48 PM »
I don't know this Sutherlandia but I do grow S. something prostrata. (Oh hell, I've forgotten the name :-[) It is (obviously) a prostrate shrublet but otherwise very like yours Rob, with bunches of glistening satiny kaka beak flowers, like those of Clianthus but that lovely scarlet shade. For me it is hardy 3 years out of 4 but will succumb occasionaly if we have frosts over many days at at time.  It loves the sun, an open, well-drained place but is otherwise easy enough. I think it's best to renew it from seed every couple of years - plenty is set, in baggy, spotted pods - to keep the plants compact and growing well.
Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9


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Re: Sutherlandia montana
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2009, 09:17:37 PM »
Rob - my experience of S.montana in NW England pretty much agrees with Lesley's experience. Survives most winters, quite easy from seed and from (softish) cuttings. I found it does run out of steam after a few years and does get tatty even if the frosts don't get it first. Well worth growing though.
Darren Sleep. Nr Lancaster UK.


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