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Maybe we get a small vase of honey one day, but my greatest pleasure would be that such agri-business means more flowers to us green fingered.
I will reply within few days.
Propagation by Seeds or Cuttings.
Sow in spring in a cold frame. (I would sow in January/February in Malta which is as cold) Seed can also be sown in autumn in a greenhouse.
Sow at the surface of soil with a thin layer of soil (1cm) and avoid heavy rain until germination. (thus Spray irrigation)
Germination not always successful or in time. (=late germination)
Germination in 10-14 days @ 55 Farh. degrees
When plantlets are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter.
The plant are placed into their permanent positions (assuming a field) in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts.(I would say March for Malta),
Do not place too much near each other - space them far way, say 80cm unless you are leaving them in pots. I do not know if they grow well in pots!!
One report says that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well.
Further personal observations. When planting in a permanent place, try and mimic the wild environment in your place. I would add rocks and stones to soil to mimic garigue (xaghri) environment. They like calcerous soil. I think reddish soil without clay content is better, but maybe not an important feature. Do not over-water !!
Cuttings of young shoots, 5 - 8cm with a heel, May/June in a frame(I would do this in April for Malta). Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame (May for malta with regular watering). Layering.
Requires a light well-drained preferably calcareous soil in a sunny position.
Grows well between stepping stones on paths, tolerating light treading
Succeeds on walls.
Thymes dislike wet conditions, especially in the winter.
A layer of gravel on the soil around them will help protect the foliage from wet soils
Plants resist temp to about -15° C (no problem for Malat!)
It makes a very good carpeting plant for the rockery or between paving stones and can also be grown in a short lawn.
The flowers are rich in nectar and are very attractive to honey bees and also attracts butterflies (well you are the expert here!)
(PS I would buy seeds from nurseries, maybe they are stronger hybrids)
This method I should try it for next year. Anyone who wants more info about beekeeping can see my webpages.
Here a direct link:
Website about Honey Making by Michael Buhagiar
Yes, the Golf course is very very stupid, and hope they Gov stays dreaming and planning only. I am sure that a golf course would not increase tourists as much as guided walks in the countryside.
If they will really starting digging the site for golf course, you can go with some friends and remove some Wild Thyme from the exact area going to be destroyed and try and replant at them to the south of Malta!
Being more serious, I would try both types of cultivataion - Seeds and cuttings. The cuttings are faster method but less chance of success.
Hope you dont mind ask you questions on the forum about honey making, and If Iwould know that there is interess in the subject I will open for you a new topic on the forum "Honey Making" where you will be mainly responsible to handle it. Would you like the idea or not?
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My small piece of advise is talk to a woman I believe called Carmen at Gaia nursery at Ghajn Tuffieha ( between the two bays ) She is a true greenfingers and grows a variety of wild plants including saghtar. Last summer I had the pleasure to stumble in there quite by accident and spent an enjoyable half-hour talking to her. I also bought a sempreviva ta ghawdex for just lm2.50 and it is still doing well in spite of a very rough re-potting a couple of months back.
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