Alina W

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Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:17

Another reason for planting around the edge of a terracotta pot is that roots need some air to thrive. They normally get this as the soil drys out, thus leaving tiny air pockets - another reason why plants need good drainage and not to be over-watered.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 10:59

Oh, poor you! I hope that it doesn't damage them - so sad after waiting all year for the show.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:55

And I look forward to seeing yours, Zulu.

I do hope that your carrots fare well this year

At wits end with carrots and slugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:53

As Marshmello says, there are safe wildlife-friendly slug pellets available, and they co-exist very happily with my large bird population, hedgehogs and frogs galore. The pellets linked to above are not a poison, but a chemical that affects slugs and snails by drying them and making them feel vile. As a result, they crawl away and hide to die. The pellets themselves break down into fertilizer after six weeks.

Geranimum plugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:45

It's too early to plant them out yet - I'd keep them in an unheated greenhouse for a couple of weeks yet at least if you have one. They can also stay indoors in your house.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:39

North Yorks is grey and overcast, but dry so far. I'm pleased to report that much of yesterday's flooding has subsided, although the lawn is still a morass, so no gardening for a couple of days yet.


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:35

It should be fine to use this year.


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:34

You can actually buy "pot feet" at garden centres, which will raise the pot about an inch from the ground, which should help.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 22:26

And a warm hello to you too, FloBear

I've lost count of how many ex-BBC folk have arrived here now - does anyone have an up to date number?

problem solving

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 22:15

I think you could store them happily in slightly moist compost. Unlike tulips, daffodils don't really enjoy being dried off every year. Would it not be possible to leave them in tubs and put the tubs somewhere out of view for the rest of the year?

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