While at our work placement in Kew Gardens, I had the opportunity to work with the Nursery team, which propagates new and existing woody and herbaceous material for the entire garden. Through a trip into the mountains of Vietnam last year, individuals from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Logan Botanic, University of British Columbia Botanic, and Longwood Gardens, collected seed for introduction. More can be seen regarding that adventure at Exploring the Global Garden: Vietnam. After a quarantine process via RBG Edinburgh, Kew received seed of several Acer, Buddleja, Sambucus, and Rhododendron species, as well as some curiosities that have not been identified. During my time there, we focused on potting up some new additions to the collection.
After receiving seed from quarantine in February, and subjected to a two month stratification, germination was quite rapid, and growth remains vigorous for many of the species, save the Rhododendrons.
The Rhododendrons seemed to be a bit staggered in germination and vigor, but are looking very well nonetheless.
As you may have noticed, Kew is quite fond of airpots, using them for nearly everything from trees and shrubs to seed and cuttings. Working with a soil manufacturer, they have developed a compost based mixture that has proven quite successful in growing quality plants quickly.
And just a few plants I was fond of:
Cheers to Andrew, Flo, and Alex for a warm welcome and for a very informative glimpse into the good work they do at Kew!