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Australian Umbrella Tree (Schefflera Arboricola). Evergreen tree, with single or multiple trunks and palm style multiple leaves.



Fishtail Palm (Caryota Mitis). Evergreen palm, growing in a clump, with triangular leaflets at the end of stems.


Now that the first batch are out of the office and in to the garden, it obviously made sense to have another go. 

did nothing other than collect the seeds after they had turned dark brown in colour, squashed them and cleaned off the pulp. They then went straight into a seed-specific compost. 

Germination started in literally a few days. 

The Monkey Puzzle tree is around 8 years old now, and obviously small as he is growing in a pot.  One day I'll have that field I need to plant all these things in the space they want.

I noticed the different concentric circles at the top of the main trunk today, which I'm assuming will become new branches eventually.  Will try to photograph periodically to show progress.

Will check back to see when I planted these. I’m guessing about three weeks ago, so fairly slow germinating. Here’s what I did:


  • harvested the seeds from the back garden, choosing the dark coloured ones rather then those still green
  • Squished the out case to reveal four or five of the actual seeds, then washed them down
  • Planted on the surface (as they need light to germinate)
  • Put them in the greenhouse, and forgot about them, other than watering along with everything else
  • Today, seeing that one has germinated, I’ve moved it from the random plastic tray to a pot, while the seed could still easily be moved (No idea whether this is the right thing to do)
Height: 0mm

The Pomegranate has come home, as the office is closed, and I didn't want to run the risk of him not lasting from one watering trip to the next. 

Was speaking to my Dad about why a commercial Cavendish variety of banana shouldn't eventually grow some fruit. 

Height: 4 Feet

I've had 4 of the many, many seeds planted actually germinate, and are now a little tall for the shallow tray.  So in today am transferring to individual pots to take home for the garden.

So, absolutely no idea when I took this cuting, but I do know its a cutting of a plant that was growing in the Food Surveys office almost from the day I started.  Or perhaps it was a gift from Linda when she left to change jobs.  I think it may be the latter.  Either way, the parent is long gone, but I'm really pleased to have a cutting still going strong in the office today, many many years later.  Again, will update with actual time scales if I ever get that far back.

The dates can not be completely correct here, as there has probably been more than 7 days growth between the last post and this one.  Either way, it was lovely to see the first leaves emerging on this plant.  It went complicated after this!  But at this stage it was lovely.

Ah, they are looking super nice.  Small citrus seedlings, with good healthy leaves.  It's almost like someone else grew them....

Can't remember, but I'm sure I killed a couple of these Paw Paw trees by trying to 'help' open the seed casings.

Notes from the time: So, I wasn't sure if they were getting on alright. The nice folks at Jungle Seeds told me to be patient, but of course I had to dive in and give a helping hand. One of the paw paw seedlings had leaves almost loose, and (we've all done it, right?) I gave the gentlest of tugs to loosen them. Well, I suspect I've ripped off those opening leaves, leaving a slightly incongruous looking bare stem. This was yesterday, and fortunately, I think I can already see new growth emerging, so its possible there is no harm done. I will be leaving the second germinated seed alone....definitely.