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caster oil plant?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:43

Fatsia like Camellia sinensis and many others were brought to the UK as house plants but then people tried them outside and they did well. When small they are actually better inside in winter than out as they tend to dieback in hard frost. Hardiness increases with age.

here i am again

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 10:32

It is still early March, so lawn is not the best looking yet but you can get the prep done now to improve things. It sounds like there is a lot of traffic in some areas - as you have thin and or muddy patches. So I would sow with grass seed for high traffic areas as you have already fed and scarified. Have you top dressed with sand to help with compacted areas?

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:06

I would put into a much larger pot, adding in lots of feed. Watering from the bottom is best - I should practice what I preach though!

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:42

Just answered - it is a Fatsia and it could be lack of water/just being winter. As I said it would be happier outside in a dampish spot in semi-shade.

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:41

It is a Fatsia japonica aka False Castor oil plant as the leaves look similarish to the real Castor oil plant, Ricinus.

I see nothing wrong with your is perfectly hardy and can grow outside btw.

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:23

Lift up the phone and repeatedly press the star or hash button. Automated calls think they have called a fax machine and take the number off the list - same for manual callers. Works for me as I get a lot less calls telling me about PPI and the like. In fact I hardly get any since doing that for a few months now .

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 09:15

It will be interesting to see what it is. I did use roots cut off from Musa, Ensete and Canna when overwintering them. I thought something to bulk up the soil would save on compost. Now it is a waiting game to see what it is!

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:53

I was curious so emptied the pot...looks like I have taken a root cutting of something rather than a seedling. I keep getting as error when trying to upload fresh photos alas.




Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:18

It is just one leaf, which is very slightly serrated and folded back as you can see in the pic. I thought it may be a type of Arum??? - only thing I planted is Araucaria Angustifolia seeds.

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:10

Can anyone ID this plant - it is the green thing in the middle? It popped up rather too quickly in a pot. Pot was outside for a few months.



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