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Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 19:15

Outside in the seed frame, no lid as they do need cold and it saves me having to spend hours watering them. The garden is full of ferns and liverwort. Another suggestion was only to water with tap water rather than rain water.

Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:37

My pots are always covered in either grit, fine ground up ceramic material or vermiculite and they always get the liverwort problem. Ones covered in vermiculite are often the worse affected ones. Most of the seeds I sow need to be out over winter as well. The quicker growing Spring sown stuff is usually pricked out before the liverwort gets too bad. Some of the 2 years old seed pots have ferns growing in them,

Last edited: 19 May 2017 15:39:25

Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:53

Just wondering if anyone has a sure fire method of stopping liverwort and fern babies from invading my pots of seeds. Just tried, probably very unsuccessfully, to disentangle some tiny (and not growing) Saxifrage seedlings from the scourge. I have some more Saxifrage seeds which need sowing, but there is no point if the babies are going to be totally covered in liverwort etc.

Wisteria flowering...then it snowed

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:50

Tried the nail scratch method. Scratch the bark with your nail. If there is green under the bark then the plant is still alive.

Two of our Davidia trees have had the same problem, but there are now new buds just appearing.

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Posted: 12/05/2017 at 20:50

Ours were definitely not honeybees so no honeycombs in the roof space. In any case we would need to remove the roof tiles to see and they were too delicate to go messing with. They were there all Summer, going in and out and doing their thing and no-one got stung or even bothered by them.

Good year for fruit though!

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Posted: 12/05/2017 at 17:36

We had a 'hive' between the roof tiles and the ceiling in the bedroom (one of those houses with no loft space). They drove us mad with their humming (Wish they would learn the words) When it got hot they cooled themselves down by flapping their wings. Sounded awful. If one banged on the ceiling they went mad and buzzed even louder. At the end of the Summer they all disappeared/died and we managed to get some undisturbed sleep. They do not nest in the same place twice fortunately.

Poorly Euonymus

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 12:39

Mildew is usually associated with dryness at the roots.

Can you identify this?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 17:36

I wonder if that is a damaged flower as it should have three petals if it is Tradescantia (I think that is what it is as Ladybird surmises).


Posted: 09/05/2017 at 16:47

Did you feed them at all? I start feeding mine with half strength Maxicrop at the end of February, every 2 weeks or so. They live in a cold greenhouse over winter and are moved to the Theatre when they begin to flower.

Purple plant id please

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 16:44

I have been spraying Roundup on a patch of this for 10 years and still it comes up. It definitely spreads.

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