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Plant ID help please

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:28

Actually all the forms of V tinus look the same in bud like that and even in flower you need to be fairly expert to tell them apart. We have V tinus Eve Price, V.tinus French White, and V tinus compactum as well as straight V tinus. Only way to really distinguish them is by the label.

Peacock Orchid seeds

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 12:54

If they are as easy as Gladiolus byzantinus (or whatever it is called now) then they are dead easy. They do not need cold stratification, but keep the seed pots cool, rather than hot. Germination should take place in spring. Seedlings look like grass. Grow on in the seed pot, feeding with half strength liquid feed for the first year. Then when the leaves start to go yellow, stop watering and keep the pot somewhere cool but frost free. Repot the whole thing the following Spring in a deeper pot with fresh compost and grow on for another season. If the corms are then big enough to separate, do so and grow on until they reach flowering size. Takes about 3 to 4 years.

Help to identify plant

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 16:30
  • Temperature: Cool temperatures of 55 - 65°F (13 - 18°C) are best suited.

  • Light: Like many other flowering plants this species enjoys plenty of light, without direct sunlight. It can be tricky to get the right light without the temperature being too high.

  • Water: During the flowering season keep the soil moist at all times. Not enough water and the plant will begin to wilt.

  • Soil: A peat based potting mix is suggested.

  • Fertilizer: You will only need to feed these once before flowering and then once while in bloom. Use a diluted balanced liquid fertilizer half the advised strength stated on the label.

  • Air Humidity: If humidity levels within a room are low increase by placing the plant on a pebble humidity tray, and you can mist the leaves occasionally.

Warning! When pruning or handling this plant use gloves to prevent skin irritation.

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 20:42

Spent years trying to get this weed out of a lawn. It had spread from the rock garden and much preferred the grass to the rocks. All right the grass looked quite pretty with blue star flowers in it, but it did take over the lawn in the end.

Mystery allotment plant

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:35

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ID please

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:27

Could be one of the Pittosporums?

Help: himalayan firetail

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:26

There is a Persicaria 'Firetal' Is that what is meant?

Regular contributers.

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 17:35

Sorted, Edd.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 13:44

Well, I have just added a marker for where I am, no trouble.

Clementis Pruning

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 14:07

If it flowers at that time with yellow flowers then it is likely to be C. tangutica or one of its forms, like C. Bill McKenzie. There are a fair number of named ones. However all of them are pruned the same way. They are in Group 3 for pruning, if you want to check it out. Otherwise start at the base of the stems and look for the first pair of healthy buds and cut off everything above them. Brutal, but it flowers on new wood and you are encouraging it to produce new growth. We do ours starting about now when the buds are easy to see developing.

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