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mysterious plant in my garden!

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 15:27

Looks suspiciously like Nicandra physalodes, the Shoo Fly  plant


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 10:01

The reason for using paper envelopes is that the paper absorbs moisture from both the seeds and from the atmosphere, so the seeds do not,supposedly, go mouldy. Colour is not important.

Once the seeds are properly dry then you can transfer the envelopes to a food container. I keep dried seeds in boxes in the Salad compartment of the fridge (not well thought of by the cook person).

Baby cyclamen

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:43

Yes, they do not need g/h treatment as long as the pots do not freeze solid for any length of time.

I used to grow them in huge numbers for sale and often left them in the seed trays until there was no space between the corms and the tray was often distorted by the pressure from their growth.

Baby cyclamen

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 21:08

Don't be in too big a hurry to transplant them. They do not seem to mind being crowded like that, but they do resent being moved when young tubers. If you do decide to thin them out, try not to damage any of the tiny roots.

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 15:33

Tend to agree, it does look like Strobilanthes.

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 13:02

Better to use the Green tree icon to post pictures on here.

Securing aluminium greenhouse to pressure treated wooden base

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 17:33

A decent store would have someone who could advise you sensibly.

ID please

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 10:34

Thorn apple. Datura stramonium. Rather poisonous too, especially the fruit.

Insect pest of Viburnum Tinus

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:43

The only other outdoor pest of Viburnum is the Viburnum aphid which attacks other Viburnum, not normally V. tinus and they have usually done their damage and disappeared by this time of year.

There are black aphids which is what it might be, in which case the insecticide should clear them. However they do not normally do that much damage unless in huge numbers and then they are usually found on the growing tips rather than the underside of the leaves.

Sorry I got it wrong at first.

There are thrips which attack them under cover. There are also scale insects, but they are off white.

Succulents & Sedums

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:38

I do. The seeds of Sedum are incredibly tiny. They ideally should be sown in Spring. and they do take a fair while to get to a decent size plant. Better idea would be to find someone with a patch of Sedum and beg a lot of pieces. They root easily.

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