ps...anyone reading this please do not take cuttings from the wild - try the mtarfa cemetary ( just at the edge of ta qali on the new road...dik li kellhom jaghlqu ghax infethilha zipp.... !!! ) where there are good mature plants - plenty of them and so you will not be doing any damage ...ps the cemetery is always open too every day and for very long hours
But well, to reply you , take the cuttings during the coldest month and apply rooting powder at the base. They should produce new leaves during mid-Spring. Januarry-Febuary ideal for Malta. Dont fertilize before growth starts = roots has established. Proper drainage is the key to success.
Note that seeds are more exciting to grow - you would have your own baby plants!
We planted two plants at School which were given to us from Argotti. Trying to get the kids to appreciate the national plant. Pity though that one "vanished" and the other one had one of its branches trod on. Unfortunately not all kids are the same.. there was I taking my students to observe the plant in full bloom ..only to find the mess. At least my students were quite shocked.
I dont know from where this mentality comes from and it is sickening. At least the children would learn a different lesson - how ugly vandalism is.
BTW, I too think that there is nothing wrong to encourage propagation of indineous plants.
BeatMaster, which location you plan to grow Widnet il-bahar? Are you from Malta?
I got the flower with seeds in it from Gozo nadur and im gonna grow it in paola. And yes Im very much maltese.
If the seeds grow into little plants then they will be panted in my still not liviable house in luqa were there is a very sunny little garden in it.
My first time i ever saw a real widnet il bahar was a couple of years ago at my girlfriends nanna place hence were i got the flower and since then I have been completely fasinated with it.
Im usually more into growing baby trees from seeds and carnivours plants so this is my first time with an indigenous plant with such value as the said plant. I always imagined it since begining a very rare plant it take hell to grow one. But i should start my growing proceure next week.
And sorry for the blabbering and thanks for the great reply and will keep you posted
I leave you with a photo of our national plant as a welcome poster to BeatMaster (from seeing your nick, I taught you were another spam dude!)
- The national Plant of Malta
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and about my nick its beastmaster not beatmaster I kept that nick from another forum of completely differnet argument so I remember the name as I have jioned many forum with different names and passwords and then forget what it was. And no Im no spam I really like these things but Im not a herbologist or something like that as a lot of people here are as I noticed. Plus would love to jion when you people make an outhing in the countryside.
So hopefully see you soon guys
Thanks Ramon (my real name)
I am a new member here and this is quite a belated reply, having passed nearly a year, but I could not read this without comment.
I used to observe a plant of P.crasifolius planted near the large roundabout at Paola near the cemetery, but on the central strip leading to the petrol station. No doubt it had been planted there and I used to stop my car at the traffic lights coming from the other way and there it was but then some well wishers decided to plant new flowers on the roundabout and thereabouts. This was of course with good intensions but alas the pretty national plant was unscrupulously removed.
Some members mentioned the plant growing at Imtarfa cemetery. Other propagated plants of this species are growing near the traffic-lights leading to Tal-Barani road coming from Bulebel.
I was not aware that it has been successfully propagated by seed. I had been told by someone that all the flowers of this plant at Dingli cliffs are attacked by a wasp and the seeds do not mature.
Thanks to all and keep on the good work.
It seems that semi-ripe cuttings are best, ie cuttings not too long consisting of the growing tip rather than woody, sectional stem cuttings.
I do consider that as per Gaia's recommendations, an earlier date is better, somewhere around Sep/Oct when the plant does not have the fresh, soft growth of barely succulent leaves, (requiring considerable water uptake to retain turgidity) which one finds around December or later.
In Sep-Oct the leaves on the plant are the drought resistant leaves that are retained over the plant's mostly dormant summer season, thus better able to handle "the chop" and placing less demands on the stem.
If they are not managing to produce seeds it means that the insect/s (whatever they are) must have either recently developed the taste for this plant or it had been recently introduced. When I say recently I mean in the last couple of hundred years.
It may well be that not all the flowers are attacked. The plant is relatively long lived, hence if some seeds are produced, there is still enough for survival, which could mean that the bug has always been around.
After all, many plant seeds/flowers are popular with insects and other animals, and end up being consumed/destroyed.
As far as "recently" (the introduction, if any, of the bug) referring to hundreds of years, then this would be in slight contradiction with the above quote - I do not think that any of the plants in the wild are "hundreds" of years old, so if as per your assumption, they would all be extinct by now, no seeds for hundreds of years.
The bug could be a more recent introduction, or as you say, it acquired a taste for the plant. Likely the former - after all it has wings!