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I just use bleach once per year (September or spring) inside. I do wash the glass (perspex for me) whenever it needs it. Sulpher candle works if you have had problems. You need to remove everything from the GH first.
They grow on trees and shrubs in the wild and grow out from the trunk....so keeping the leaves vertically to let the rain drain off really does help keeping them alive.
I have 2 plants of Bilbergia nutans variegata and the flowers are the same for the variegate type as the species. Hardy in the UK if kept on the dry side. Best if planted at an angle (to stop water pooling in the leafs).
I am into tropical plants and Urban jungle have a 50% sale at the mo. I tried them for the first time this year and the plants where large, healthy and very mush worth the money.
If by fruit you mean those brown long seed heads with wispy feather like growths, then yes you can try and germinate those. Am not sure if F1 Pelagornium seeds are fertile or not - can but do but try.
I would add double the amount of drainage holes mentioned. I like to add gravel and vermiculite to the bottom of pots and troughs, then a mix of that and compost then just compost. Top off after planting with a mulch - bark, gravel etc.
Swines Meadow Farm Nursery gave me excellent service, communication and the plants where large and packaged very well. Certainly recommend.
Mark 1963 wrote (see)
Yes its nice having time to yourself in the garden
Oh yes. I just love doing 'stuff' in the garden. Even little things like moving a pot, opening the greenhouse or sitting in the sun is great. It is nice to have family and friends in the garden but it is my space...so leaving me alone for a while is great.
Using perlite/vermiculite in the seeding mix, top dressing with grit and using a fan all reduce dampening off. Not overwatering also helps.
I have Mahonia japonica in a similar spot and it looks great. I really hate when it is planted in full sun as they go tall, lanky and red-yellow and jus tlook awful. Mine in full shade is dark, glossy and bushy.