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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 29

Title:
DISCUSSION GROUP REPORT DAPHNE PROPAGATION

Author:
A.R. Carter

pp: 248-251

Abstract:
The difficulties of producing daphnes in commercial quantities attracted quite a number of people to this discussion session chaired by A.R. Carter.

It started with a recommendation of the book, Daphne, by C.D. Brickell and B. Mathew, published by the Alpine Garden Society.

SEED

A list of plants that provided a seasonably reliable seed set was given. Although experience was limited among group members, it was stated by one that his Daphne giraldii did not crop regularly.

D. acutiloba          D. m. 'Alba'
D. giraldii             D. oleoides
D. laureola           D. pontica
D. longilobata     D. retusa
D. mezereum      D. tangutica

In general, seed should be collected before the berries are fully colored. Birds can be troublesome and greenfinches will take the berries whilst still green.

Arther Carter described an experiment with seed of Daphne mezereum taken from berries at different stages of ripeness on 15 June 1974. The results expressed as numbers of seed germinated in spring 1975 showed

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