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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 18:39

Good luck 

Aechmea Blue Rain

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 18:37

All the time - lots of info here

Rainwater is best.

The compost should be free draining and when you water it the water should run straight through leaving the compost just slightly damp. Never let it stand in water.  The 'roots' aren't roots as we think of them, they just anchor the plant.

Don't add any fertiliser to the water.  Mix up a quarter strength Baby Bio with some fresh rainwater and spray the foliage occasionally during the growing season only. 

Mature plants will take up some feed/water through the roots, but 'in captivity' they've no need to.



Posted: 08/09/2014 at 18:28

I've not grown them, so this is a bit of intuition - the lower part of the plant where it has pitchers is in much brighter light than the upper part which is in shadow - I wonder if it needs a certain amount of light to produce pitchers?

I found this which you may have read, but it does say that different varieties vary in their requirement for light - do you know which sort yours is?


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 16:49

I agree!  Rescue it!

Cobra Lawnmowers

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 15:23

No personal experience but it came top in the Independent 


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 15:18

I wouldn't cover the beds - how is the wind, rain and frost going to do it's work?  But that's just me. 

As for the manure - I'd clamp it over the winter so that it is well-rotted and then spread it in late winter/early spring - the worms will then start to work on it and you can fork it into the surface as soon as the land is fit to walk on. 

Weed or honeysuckle please!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 14:56

It could be one of the varieties of honeysuckle - some types have leaves like that - or it does look a bit like jasmine - any more clues?

When to give up on my caulis?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:41

The attached site is interesting 

If you scroll down you'll see that it suggests White Excel take 151 days from sowing to harvest ............ but remember it's unlikely that your plants have read the instructions 

Chillis on Thai basil

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:25

This one looks very like yours 

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