Berghill


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Jurassic plants

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 14:12

I like the big leaves on Elecampane , Inula helenium .

If you pollard Paulownia tomentosa, every year, the leaves get as big as Elephants ears.

vine weevil

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:27

@ TerryH. Sadly they do not seem to sell this stuff to the general public here. There is a product available in the trade which I assume is the same fungus, but it is very expensive, is sold in large quantities and once open has a very short shelf life. Very annoying.

@Goldfinch2 You need a good magnifying glass to see Vine weevil eggs, they are hardly visible to the naked eye. They look a bit like grains of sand.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 20:21

Ah a pedantic pedagogue...............me too!

"You can drink water before a Fasting Blood test"

Of course one can drink water, but what they mean is "You may.........

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:48

Another hijacked thread!

I get annoyed with "return back" Return means go back so how can one go back back?

 

 

Auriculars

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 08:54

Should have made myself a bit clearer. By putting them deeper in the pot I meant only to bury the exposed roots, not the stems.

What's the difference between....

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 08:52

What Dove says. Watch out with perlite, you need to thoroughly wet it in the bag before using as the dust can be very easily breathed in.

Not keen on Vermiculite as I find it is too light and blows away on the pots of outdoor sown seeds and it does allow the growth of mosses and liverwort too.

 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:55

They used to have as much problem with square yards and yards square, so nothing new.

Auriculars

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:53

I repot mine annually.About to do it now. You could put them deeper in the pot. Check for vine weevil at the same time.

Snowdrops

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:51

Been a big discussion on when to move Galanthus recently. Probably the best time is just after all the leaves have died down for the summer.

Paddy5 Try lifting a clump and checking that the bulbs are plump and firm and have good roots. If the bulbs are soft then cut one open to see if they are infected with Narcissus root fly grubs. Believe me you cannot miss them if they are. Otherwise if no proper roots then suspect Stagonospora curtisii which is a fungus which attacks Snowdrop. For symptoms you would need to Google it.

What's the difference between....

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:45

Vermiculite is a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral. It undergoes significant expansion when heated. Exfoliation occurs when the mineral is heated sufficiently, and the effect is routinely produced in commercial furnaces. Vermiculite is formed by weathering or hydrothermal alteration of biotite or phlogopite.

Perlite is an amorphous volcanic glass that has a relatively high water content, typically formed by the hydration of obsidian.

So Vermiculite is a shaped like flat plates and Perlite is little balls.

Both hold water, but in a different way. Perlite soaks it up, but Vermiculite holds it between the plates.

Both are chemically inert so they have no effect on the pH of the compost.

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