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Masses of small flies on Parlour Palm

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 18:09

Take the Palm into the garden and give a vigorous spray of water to the leaves, You may need to repeat this but it will work. In my Tropical plant days I did this with citrus fruit plants which often are invaded by compost beasties in winter.




I just could not wait any longer!!

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:32

To calm the nerves, the Toms were sown yesterday in our well heated 16x18 conservatory which is also home to our collection of Orchids kept at a minimum 65F degrees and they will as usual, stay there until they germinate, are potted into individual 5 inch pots when large enough and then in mid March taken into the heated GH. The temperature is regulated as not to create long spindly plants until there is sufficient light available - years ago I used to grow them under Mercury lights which give a very white light and were recommended by one of my patients the head Horticultural Officer of our then Electric Supplier - those in the North West will remember NORWEB.

I have used this system for 40 years and expect ripe fruit in mid June. More anon. Yes Verdun, the urge to sow is too strong at this time of the year.


Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:59

Wait until the Montana has flowered - too good to miss this year, then as soon as flowering has finished cut it all back to 18 inches. It will produce new shoots through the spring and summer and flower again next Spring as usual. Montana is, as you have found, is a very vigorous but beautiful plant.

I just could not wait any longer!!

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:34

I have been waiting with ever increasing excitement to sow this years Tomato seed I was kindly sent  by a certain friend in my favourite country - La Bella Italia!

I was going to leave it until early February but my "pot boileth over!". The waiting was too much to bear and now I have 4 delightful 4 inch pots in the Conservatory which I will stare at daily until green shoots appear in a few days time. Thanks again G and I will keep you all informed of progress.

What's the best type of greenhouse

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:09

In my days of a 18x10ft GH (Halls) in which I grew Tropical plants (fabulous) in an area cutting the GH in half (a manageable 9x10ft  with polythene sheeting acting as a door. It was heated to minimum 60 degrees F in winter which was possible as a result of reducing the size until late spring after which the polythene was removed revealing the full size.

I grew my Toms, bedding plants, rooted cuttings, etc.  in the heated area between January and May before the heating was reduced and then turned off when the temperature maintained the correct degrees. The Toms were then moved in their 18 inch pots into the whole area of the GH for summer and autumn.

The GH was glass to the ground.

hanging / trailing plants

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 13:09

We have used a terracotta tiered strawberry pot  for a number of years planted with bedding plants. Last year we filled it only with fibrous rooted Begonias of red, pink and the odd white (I am not a great fan of white flowers as they can look very stark against reds, pinks,  blues, etc . It was stunning from May until November. The trouble with planting different varieties of plants in such a pot (which again, we have tried many times) is that they will not all last the same length of time therefore shortening the flowering season. Try the Begonias you will not be disappointed.

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 15:21

Skimmia are as tough as old boots so will not suffer from a bit of southern frost!

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:08

The Sequestrin should not be too dispersed and will be taken up by the roots. I must admit I forgot about Epsom Salts but it certainly would not harm to apply some - may as well throw everything at the Skimmia.

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 14:00

Buy Sequestrin from a garden centre and following the packet instructions, water the shrubs. Sequestrin is ACID which Skimmia, Heathers, Azalia, etc. require. The leaves will green-up in spring.

Flowering shrub found in Kephalonia Greece

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:22

All Tropical plants and a few sub-Tropical plants require minimum 60 degrees (even in our winter) and Celosia is somewhere between the two. Do not overwater but spray the leaves with water every 3-4 days for humidity.

Most of our Orchids are now in full flower in the conservatory, again, with night minimum temperature of 60-65F. What a wonderful sight! This time last year my wife and I were at `Orchid World` in Barbados surrounded by 30,000 plants in the gardens - if you are interested in Orchids I cannot think of anywhere else to see such a varied and fabulous display. Start saving!!

PS Dove, have you sown our Tomato seeds yet? Only 7 days for me!!!

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