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Dracaena marginata ~ Soggy stem and drooping

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:53

I'd be inclined to remove the top stem, the smaller one will catch up in time, I think it doubtful the top part will recover, and it may keep the smaller piece back.  Whatever you do, good luck

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:51

Steve 309  -  yes, but I guess no-one has left the room or applied a clothes peg to their noses when you enter, so it's OK. 

Dracaena marginata ~ Soggy stem and drooping

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:07

Ahh, have you given it a very much bigger pot than that in which it came?  Most plants do not respond well to over potting, best to go up a small stage at a time.  To my eye it looks thoroughly overwatered.

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:05

we've all done it to some degree - and the results can be funny or very much not so  - elderly friend ended up in A&E having used nail polish instead of eye shadow!   

Luckily we often spot it before it is done - however, as a small child I threw my mothers favourite  little knife into the fire instead of the chestnut skins - she was not happy.

Planted petunias expecting them to club a fence and had some surprising baskets with canary creeper in them.

Grape hyacinths

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:01

I very much agree with the above - verges etc. would benefit greatly.

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 13:39

Of course you do - you're supposed to!  As long as you don't expect your flowers or veggies to look exactly like that!   Some of the filters used must be very expensive to make colours appear as they do.

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 11:53

Some are very good, especially the specialist surgeries.The ones that give bright pictures of plants that neither flower nor live together are frequently a waste of money.  

Worms/Leeches climbing up house wall...?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 11:50

and the ducks will like the slugs and snails, sounds like a winner all round to me!

Prevent compost pots from drying out

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 11:48

You need to water regularly and often so that the compost doesn't get so dry.  I add JI2 to all my pots to give them the weight and the material to stay damp.  Vermiculite is good too, I'm not a fan of the gels, but that's just me.  With over 400 pots to keep going, gravel, grit, JInnes and time keep most going.  If small ones do get very dry, fill a bucket or bowl with tepid water, add a couple of drops of washing up liquid and dunk the plant in there for a couple of hours.  The washing up liquid reduces the surface tension and lets the compost get re-wetted.   Although I now use no peat here, it is true that the peat free composts seems to dry out quicker than the others so need even more of a vigilant eye.  As Dave says, top dressing helps alot. 

Unknown weed

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 11:44

Mine struggle for existence under my red sycamore, I never give them the chance to escape from there as indeed, we'd be overwhelmed by them.  As it is, the few that make it are lovely. 

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