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Posted: 26/07/2016 at 06:19

Good morning all 

Blue skies and sunshine here again   A little fresher than of late, but 15C and rising. 

My cactus has turned black at the bottom and snapped off, what do I do?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 06:04
It sounds to me as if some rot has set in, probably due to over-watering.  Keep your cactus soil dry - only water very occasionally, and hopefully the rot won't spread.  
Keeping it in a sunny spot will help to dry the soil out, but if the cactus has been on a shadier windowsill until now, you'll have to acclimatise it to the sunshine in stages, so that it doesn't scorch.
Good luck 


Strange potato plants!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 05:54

That certainly is very tall. They look as if they're growing in quite a shady position, which might account for lanky etiolated growth.  

As for the small potatoes on the stems ... potato tubers form on the stems of the plants - this is why we earth up potato plants, so that the tubers can grow below ground.  It might be that because your potato plants are growing in the shade, the lack of light has triggered the potato tubers to grow despite them not being under ground.    

Have your potatoes been earthed up so that as much stem as possible is underground?  This encourages the development of a larger crop because the potatoes form on the stems, not the roots.

When potatoes are exposed to sunlight they produce chlorophyll and solanine - solanine is poisonous if eaten in quantity - because of this,  I would not eat potatoes growing above the ground.

I hope that helps 

Last edited: 26 July 2016 05:55:09


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 23:03

As I understand it, the best effect is produced by installing the Waspinator in early spring, when queen wasps are prospecting for nest sites. 

My neighbours must think I'm nuts!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:56

My daughter was born in the heat wave of 1976. I used to take her for walks in her pram in the late evening and as the sun came up in the mornings. During the day we both dozed in a shady room with all the windows open. As autum came i picked lots of mushrooms on our early morning walks. 


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:48

Fell asleep in front of QI. OH woke me up and sent me to bed. Now hopefully I'll fall asleep listening to Book at Bedtime. 

Sweet dreams folks. See you in the morning 

weeds lawn

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 19:24

At this time of year I find it best to tackle the larger plants with glyphosate gel and mow regularly to prevent seeding - in late September/early I do my regular autumn lawncare (scarifying and moss-killing) and then in the spring use a 3 in 1 or 4 in 1 Spring lawn treatment - this includes a weedkiller which gets most of the the little ******* !!! 

That keeps it pretty much under control, but I have to do it every year as the seeds blow in from elsewhere  

You may find this earlier thread interesting 

Last edited: 25 July 2016 19:28:29

From bad to worse

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 18:14

I've got some fuchsias sold as 'annual bedding plants' three years ago - popped them in the greenhouse over winter and kept them just above freezing, and they're still fine ... as Nut says, fuchsias are perennial (they're shrubs after all) - it's just some are more tender than others.  

I think i may have a major problem: rust?

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 17:53

I agree Pansyface - that's a strong possibiity too. 

From bad to worse

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 17:44

Sun is fine if they're used to it ...... but if they've been kept in sheltered semi-shady positions (as frequently happens in garden centres etc) and then someone buys them and takes them home and the weather is overcast for a few weeks ...... and then the British Summer arrives with a vengence .... they're not used to it and they get sunburn ... just like the rest of us 

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