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How To Care For A Baby Cactus!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 13:07

My cacti are over 20 years old and have always been watered with tap water - I don't think that was your problem, Brian.

Baby cactus - make sure it's in very free-draining soil (water should run through almost instantly) in as light a position as you have. At the moment, make sure it's not too cold - 15C or so will be fine. With regard to watering, give it about a tablespoon of water every few days on top of the compost near it - try not to get the base of the cactus wet unless it's warm enough to dry quickly.

They are actually quite easy to care for in summer, but you've picked a more difficult time to get it started. Good luck!

what to do with paper whites now

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 22:26

Paperwhites aren't really hardy, in spite of Becca's experience. The other problem is that they need a lot of sun - I did keep mine for a second year once, but only got two or three miserable flowers out of them - a complete waste of time. And I hate the smell!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:09

Snowing heavily in N. Yorks.

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:07

I think that you underestimate quite how annoying some people find squirrels, Rose.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 12:20

N Yorks - lovely and sunny yesterday.

Today, slightly foggy and very chilly, with snow flurries forecast for the next few days - that'll slow the bulbs down.

Bad lawn

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 13:36

The cress could be baby's tears (helxine).

Bulbs

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 13:31

Bulbs are surprisingly resilient. My front lawn floods regularly as there is something of a hard pan below the topsoil, and I live in a marshy area. Although I lose a few bulbs, the majority keep coming back, so I wouldn't despair.

Sharpening tools

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 22:22

You can buy sharpening strips for push lawnmowers. They're basically strips of sandpaper that clip onto the mower and sharpen the blades as you push the lawnmower. They're single use, and not that expensive. Have a look in a large DIY store or garden centre for them.

Poorly Pots

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:54

Also, have you ever replaced the top three inches of soil or so with fresh compost? That really needs doing every year.

Temporarily repotting amaryllis and hyacinths?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 11:50

Definitely don't put the amaryllis outside yet - frost will kill it. You can put it in a standard large pot, them keep it on a windowsill until last frost has passed. Feed and water regularly, and continue to do so when you put it outside in a sunny spot. Come October, cut off any leaves, allow the compost to dry out and put it in a cool place (under 12C) for about 12 weeks - do not let it get frosted. Then refresh the soil, bring into the warm and start watering again.

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