Kowhai success impresses
An Oamaru man has propagated 7500 plants as part of the Project Gold initiative.
Allan Adamson, known to many as Grandpa G, has always loved gardening and decided to get involved in the Department of Conservation-funded initiative in March. He has a 95 per cent strike rate. ‘‘I’d love to see kowhai planted all over Oamaru. If you plant native flora you’ll attract native fauna,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a tedious job but it stops me watching Coro St.’’
The project is aimed at encouraging families, schools and clubs to grow and look after their own kowhai trees as well as strengthening enthusiasm for dryland forest restoration.
The kowhai trees will also attract bellbirds and tui to the area.
Adamson said the majority of the trees will be planted at Cape Wanbrow.
A further 3500 trees would be planted on Gardes Rd on State Highway 83 in Kurow.
Any left over will be distributed throughout the district.
Adamson has always enjoyed gardening.
At home he breeds daffodils but is particularly passionate about native and endangered plants.
‘‘Anything that’s endangered, I want to grow it.’’
He said people have been amazed at his success with the kowhai seeds, which he said comes down to chipping the seeds properly.
‘‘There’s a wee dimple on them all. The seeds need to be chipped at the opposite end of the dimple. It’s where the embryo is so if you chop that you damage the plant.’’
Adamson said he was grateful to the Waitaki District Council who let him establish a community nursery at the public gardens.
He said a hardening-off house was to be built at the Department of Conservation headquarters in Regina Lane.
Allan Adamson aka Grandpa G has propagated 7500 kowhai trees to be planted at Cape Wanbrow and other areas around town.