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Please help with snapdragons

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 23:12

The usual way to deal with small plug plants is to plant each one in a small pot (eg 9cm) and grow them on somewhere which is frost-free but has plenty of light until they can be planted out in the garden.  Suitable small plastic pots pots can be bought very cheaply from places like Wilko and the usual garden centres.  The reason for using small individual pots is to minimise root disturbance.  What you have done will work, but you will find the roots have all grown together when you come to transplant them, so try to cause as little damage as possible when you do that.

Snapdragons are hardy so you could actually put the tray you have made outside somewhere sheltered (eg against south or west facing house wall) but it would be best to harden them off a bit by leaving them out during the day and bringing in at night for a week or two.

Daphne perfume princess

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 22:02

Paul, I have Daphne growing in large pots and used about 60% John Innes No3 mixed with 20% ericaceous compost and 20% well rotted farm yard manure (bagged stuff from a garden centre.)  They seem to like it and are doing well but have only been in about a year so only time will tell.

Gravel/Water Trays

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:48

Like nut, I stand them in water until the compost on the top changes colour (darkens) and then lift them out (it usually only takes a few of minutes.)   I then don't water again until the top surface is dry all over (which can be anything from a couple of days to a week or so later, depending on how warm the greenhouse gets.)  If the compost is kept too wet, the seeds won't germinate or can die if they do.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:43

I've changed my mind - my favourite biscuits are any type, as long as Verdun can't find them!

Why is my parffin heater making my greenhouse full of soot?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:40

To tell you have it burning right, the flame should be blue.  If it is yellow, then that colour indicates Carbon (soot) is being released and you need to trim the wick and/or turn the wick down a bit.

Forsythia suspensa

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 23:53

I much prefer them growing like that.  Not a shrub for growing into neat shapes in my book.  One of my neighbours neatly trims theirs just before it flowers every year, leaving an ugly twiggy mess which eventually leafs-up at which point the hedge-trimmer comes out again.  They probably don't even know that it flowers!   They might as well grow privet - at least it would be green for the full 12 months!

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 18:41

Plain digestives dunked in tea and removed just before they go too soft and fall in!

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 18:33

Yes Joe - if you start feeding too early you'll get lots of leafy growth instead of them producing flowering trusses.  There's a school of thought that when a plant senses diminishing nutrients being taken in that this triggers it to reproduce (ie a survival tactic) hence the earlier production of flowers to make seed.

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 00:32

Also peppers don't require the same strength feed as toms - use it at half strength.  The better liquid tomato feeds also contain trace elements - look for that on the label.  Having trace nutrients can help if the compost is lacking anything vital to healthy growth.  Under-watering is also better than over-watering and always water the compost directly to avoid wetting the leaves as this encourages fungal infections.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 00:18

Hi Gillian, yes the shoots are around 3-4 inches high on mine, but it is in a sheltered spot.

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