Latest posts by BobTheGardener

How to keep Christmas Gift plants alive

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 18:25

Agree with Joyce about the cyclamen, assuming it is c. persicum, the type usually sold as houseplants.  You also need to rest them;  In mid to late July, stop watering them and allow most of the leaves to die down.  Put them outside in the shade protected from rain (pot placed on it's side by the side of a north-facing house wall is ideal.)  Around mid October, pull the corm out of the pot and remove all of the old dry compost from the roots.  Pot the corm into fresh compost leaving the top half of the corm exposed above the soil.  Use some grit to cover the surface of the compost around the sides of the corm.  Stand in water for half an hour and then don't water again until you see new growth.  This should give you flowers for next Christmas.

Bare root Peony

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 18:02

The first two look ok and I think will do well.  The last one I'd worry about a little due to the lack of obvious eyes (I believe I can see one) but think it will grow ok, just likely taking a year longer to produce flowers.  It is at least a fairly substantial crown and not a dead dried-up single piece of tuber which some suppliers seem happy to send!  Let's see what Sarah Raven say.

What material to use for raised veg box

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 21:19

Carol, all modern pressure treated wood is safe to use.  They used to use heavy metal compounds containing arsenic and copper but those processes were banned many years ago.  I use decking planks as it is good value and thick enough to bear the weight of wet soil (which is extremely heavy.)  I line the inside with used compost bags to help prevent wet soil being in contact with the wood (even treated wood will rot after a few years in such conditions.)  Some of my 'decking' raised beds are 10 years old and still going strong.

Mould/fungus on tulip bulbs

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 21:05

If they had just a bit of blue mould (which is actually a penicillin) on the outer skins they will likely be ok.  Any other sort of black or grey mould or anything affecting root plate or growing tip is bad news and they'll likely not come up.

Spring bulbs blooming already

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 19:23

The good news is they will 'settle down' now they are planted and almost certainly bloom at the 'normal' time in spring 2018.

Identify & advice please

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:31

There seems to be a problem with uploading photos, Becki, so can't see them.  I think the website techs have been informed but it may take a day or two for them to fix it given the time of year.

Bare root Peony

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:18

Snap PD!

Bare root Peony

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:18

I would plant them in pots for now, horizontally just under the surface with the buds pointing upwards.  If they came in plastic bags, don't leave them in those as they will rot.

Identify & advice please

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:13

It sounds like you may have a mixture of plants there.  Crocosomia sounds right for the orange flowers.  If the purple flowers were on long wiry stems, several to each stem, it could be dierama (aka angel's fishing rods) which also has tall grass-like leaves:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:50

Just planted a fastigate cherry tree (Prunus serrulata Amanogawa) which arrived on Christmas Eve together with even more tulips..  Can't wait for spring as I've planted an unbelievable number of bulbs this year, many of which I'd forgotten I'd ordered! 

Accidentally dug through a few existing bulbs while planting, which is inevitable of course.

Also noticed the double snowdrops I planted several weeks ago are peeping their noses out of the soil - those came as dry bulbs so wasn't sure whether they'd do very well as I usually buy 'in the green'. 

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