Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hitching post or a trellis?
We were relieved to finish building another trellis, as this one will help shade the front of Hilltop chicken coop. Although we couldn't help noticing it bared a strange resemblance to a hitching post for horses.
Being 6 metres long, we're going to grow 2 different varieties of passionfruit along it. They're only seedlings at this stage, but hopefully won't take long to cover the trellis. The two different varieties are, Panama Red and Black.
We'll give them the best chance to survive once they're in the ground. Passionfruit seedlings are hardier than their grafted counterparts, but it all depends on the conditions you're planting them in. Sometimes you need a different kind of root stock, to cope with local conditions. Grafted varieties do cost more, but in some places it's more cost effective than having to replace seedlings which die spontaneously and religiously.
We're going to give seedlings a try first, to see how they cope. We can get a fair amount of humidity in this area which is my one concern.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all the encouraging comments on my last post. It's always a little nerve wracking when embarking on a new change. But you've all been very generous and supportive, which is a wonderful bonus!
Thank you muchly, from the Bushland family. :)