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WOLLEMI PINE-KEW GARDENS UK

Postby Davidf61 » Tue 16 Oct, 2018 4:55 pm

Just got back from 7 weeks overseas [ Europe ] and while in London, decided to spend a day at Kew Gardens.
Got the official tour map, had a glance over and spotted the Wollemi Pine, so I thought I'd go have a look. Was really pleasing to find it at the same time a large group of school kids [ teenagers ] were getting the story behind its discovery and existence now. They all seemed really interested and suitably impressed that it somehow survived all this time nestled away in a little gully/ravine, and having a chat with the lecturer afterwards, she explained the people at Kew Gardens really were thrilled with the whole Wollemi Pine story, and it's an absolute favourite amongst staff.


So I've ordered a couple for my block, I guess the grand kids [ I haven't got yet! ] will get some shade.

Nice to see....
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Re: WOLLEMI PINE-KEW GARDENS UK

Postby Warin » Tue 16 Oct, 2018 7:02 pm

Davidf61 wrote:So I've ordered a couple for my block, I guess the grand kids [ I haven't got yet! ] will get some shade.


How big do they get?
I'd not want to plant something that is going to be a problem in the future.

I actually don't plant trees any more .. shrubs yes. Trees,no.
Factors;
Requires permission to remove a tree, and part of that permission is to plant another one.
They get big - and fall down .. threatening homes. I have had a neighbours one fall across my place and into another neighbours place.
They cost money to remove ... last quote was $2k.

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Yes trees are nice, but I'll let others have them and there problems.
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Re: WOLLEMI PINE-KEW GARDENS UK

Postby ribuck » Wed 17 Oct, 2018 12:26 am

Warin wrote:I actually don't plant trees any more .. shrubs yes. Trees,no.

Me too. Council policies have made planting trees not viable for me. Sad.
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Re: WOLLEMI PINE-KEW GARDENS UK

Postby tastrax » Wed 17 Oct, 2018 10:33 am

Cheers - Phil

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Re: WOLLEMI PINE-KEW GARDENS UK

Postby Wollemi » Thu 18 Oct, 2018 10:39 am

We had a large spherical hakea to 4m height. When it died, taking 2 days to dig out, I imported a tonne of loamy soil and planted a 30cm Wollemi pine on this hot, western-facing front yard in the lower Blue Mts. It grew to 1.7m in eight years, then quickly died, as the planted-out native bush garden continued to grow. We, and visitors to my home, got much pleasure out of it's presence, although people at my workplace didn't give a stuff when I took in bunched green fronds to give to patients (I worked in the health sector then).
I have another Wollemi Pine, planted on the same day in a much smaller hole, hidden away, hard up against a metal fence, it is 50cm tall and very dark green in it's totally shady position. The 2 x $70 spent was worth it.
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