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Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:54

Tubers are basically swollen roots which act as a food store, so the unswollen ends of the roots look just like normal plant roots.  I grow all my dahlias from seed each year and they all produce tubers, but late-sown ones may not have time to produce large enough tubers to survive the Winter by the time the frosts come.  Regular dead-heading will encourage tuber formation as if seeds are allowed to form the plant may decide to put all of its energy into those instead - plants do whatever is most efficient in order to reproduce or survive.

Identify a plant

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:45

Hi Shelley, it's Lords & Ladies aka Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) a British wild plant.  The poisonous berries contain seeds which make this plant spread rather invasively, so I always remove the stems as soon as the berries look like they'll start falling, but do leave them as long as possible to admire their beauty. 

kiwi fruit

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 18:36

The RHS say pruning is important to help them produce fruit.  Their very detailed advice is here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=600

I have to hack mine back hard and often (and with no ill effects) as they are rampant!  They are a tough plant.

Site is not working

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 18:49

If using a PC, pressing Ctrl-F5 seems to help in Internet Explorer.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 09:42

Forum hardly working at all - just hot threads used with refresh.  Nothing else operates here..

Fungus

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 19:02

Those are only the fruiting bodies - the main fungal body (mycelium) is likely growing within the roots of the stump.  That's actually a very good thing as it will break the dead roots down into something your plants can eventually feed on.  The mushrooms look a bit like ink caps - I occasionally find those growing where I've use a bark mulch.

Help to identify unknown plant!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 01:30

It's one of the Nightshades, probably Black Nightshade, quite an invasive weed.

Look up "Solanum nigrum".

House plants

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 15:45

Cyclamen persicum grandiflorum - easy to grow, fantastic flowers and scent for 3-6 months including Christmas and if treated properly last for 10 years or more:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/31473.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/31474.jpg?width=240&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Apple tree

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 22:31

I agree goldfinch2 - the apple will never do well planted that close to a mature Magnolia.  I guess whoever planted them didn't realise just how big some Magnolias can grow - a common oversight.  Modern grafted Magnolias are much more well behaved.  I grow a number of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstock and they are very productive - there's a huge range of 'patio' fruit trees these days so you should be able to find something which will suit whichever way you wish to grow one.

Glass Cullet

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 22:22

Water has one of the highest specific heat capacities (the ability to absorb, store and release heat energy) and is higher than glass so perhaps using glass containers filled with water would be the most efficient.  I use 2l plastic pop bottles filled with weak comfrey solution as the brown colour helps to trap the sun's energy.  It also means I always have plant food handy within the greenhouse, too.   If anyone is interested in this (which is something the Victorians used to do I believe), there is information in the link below (even if they do seem to be calling it a 'new' idea!)

http://extension.umass.edu/floriculture/fact-sheets/heat-storage-greenhouses

 

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