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cutting back orchids after flowering

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 20:23

What sort of orchid is it? If it's a phalaenopsis, common name moth orchid ie the ones sold in Supermarkets ikea etc when the last flower is dying look at the stem. Look for the first notch below where the first flower was and cut off the stem above it. With any luck the orchid will grow another flower stem from that point. Can't help if it's any other sort of orchid.  

Lady's mantle Alchemillia mollis

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 16:05

Just dealt with my floppy AM. I find the flowering stems are easily pulled away one at a time...this stops them self seeding although I've never found that to be a huge problem. I haven't cut back the leaves I'll,wait and see if they perk up a bit.

Small dahlia flowers

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 21:57

I have shallow poor soil in some beds. The dahlias are fed, when planted out the get some blood fish and bone. once growing I feed them say once a fortnight with a balanced fertiliser until the end of June when they are usually in flowe. After that I feed them with tomato fertiliser which feeds the flowers and the tubers but doesn't produce excessive leaf growt. Plus just a reminder to dead head to keep flower production going. 

Plant labels

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 21:48

Is a tippex pen a correcting pen? ie used to white out incorrect spellings in printed documents. That's what I recall off years ago...

it sounds a good idea.

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Posted: 12/06/2017 at 13:48

Hacked mine to ground level one year, it was growing up a garage wall but was getting far to heavy and deep....yup it grew again

The Wonder of Plants

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 13:45

That's a Christmas cactus, it's lost its way in time and space haha. Go on give it a second chance at life, you'll find a care plan on Google. 😄

Can anyone identify this?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:23

As far as I know it's a leafminer. I leave them to it but I'm sure if you Google leafminer a solution or two will present itself 

The Wonder of Plants

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:20

Similar things have happened to me many a plant chucked into the compost bin has had a new lease of life And I've felt mayoralty obliged to find a home for it. Who rules?   Garden or Gardener haha

Florists pot Chrysanthemums

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:16

Just an update. The plants werent cut back in the winter just left in a corner of the garden. They came back into growth and I tidied them up. They are growing well and im feeding them. Hopefully they will flower in the Autumn. Thanks for sharing experiences and  for all the helpful advice. 

Any ideas....

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 19:36

They are not long lived plants and they get a bit leggy and woody. Very easy to root cuttings. Use a growth about 10 cm long without flowers. I'm in the NE and mine never stops flowering.

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