David K


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Hyacinths

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 08:42

Does it warrant a new thread, chicky? I'm a bit frugal with my thread openings ...I just expected to tag it onto this one.

OL, these indoor hyacinths are usually grown in bowls/pots without drainage holes to avoid spillage accidents & subsequent damage to valued furniture.

The drainage issue is dealt with by using specially formulated 'bulb fibre' rather than compost.....this contains (amongst other things) charcoal  to prevent stagnation. 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 07:51

I'm very disappointed with Liverpool. Having just offloaded one load of trouble in the form of Suarez, they have now signed Balotelli from AC Milan.  

Hope he's been required to give assurances about his commitment & behaviour.  

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:24

OL, as my last word for the moment, I would just like to say that come Christmas, M&S and other outlets are awash with these and it is far more cost effective to buy. However, as with all things 'gardening', you get more satisfaction from your own efforts.

Just thought I should mention that, before you incur any expense.

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:02

Oh 'pots'! Please buy those intended for the purpose...no hole in the bottom.

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 20:58

Okay....I'll just do the indoor ones, if that's alright.

Be sure to buy 'prepared' bulbs for indoor growing. These are a tad more expensive as they have been kept in cold storage over the summer...when they are planted in the autumn, their body clocks tell them it's spring - hence prepared.

You will ask at some stage, 'can I plant them in the garden after they have finished flowering indoors'..truth is, it takes  another year for their clocks to be put right.

Hope that makes sense.

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 20:47

Sometime over the weekend or early next week then, OL

Thanks....pots were quite nice (well they were a prezzie) and made from real wood. Having said that they were quite inexpensive...from Home Bargains, a local cheapo outlet.

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 20:38

OL, I did step-by-step of this for the BBC boards a few years ago, I could do the same again here if it wasn't boring peeps.

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 20:13
staffsmags wrote (see)

I like to get my indoor ones planted at end August to get them into flower for Christmas.   I love the perfume of them, too.

I wonder when others get them started?   Mags

 

I plant mine mid-Sept/early-Oct....... getting the timing right is important to having them in flower for the big day.

Football season - 2014

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 19:43

I'll be watching 'Match of the day at 50' on BBC1 at 10.35 tonight.....I was just a snip of lad of 40 when it started!

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:29

Good luck with them, OL.....the timing of the Christmas sorts is rather important.

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