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Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:45

 10 months after repotting.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:40

Prickly corner.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:22

It needs really gritty soil. it has to be free draining or the plant will rot. I repotted a load that got dumped on me last year. They were in pure builders sand, with no drainage. I put them in clay pots with gritty compost, fed them and watered in summer. In winter they went into a cold conservatory, and kept almost dry. Three of them flowered this Spring. They are currently out for the summer. They will come in soon before the frosts .

 To handle, make a collar around it with several layers of newspaper, and wear thick leather gauntlets.

Cuttings flopping over

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 18:13

Give them a good water.Let the excess drain through,put a pop bottle or plastic cover over to cut down transpirational loss,and put in the shade.


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:08

Butterflies feed on buddleia but the caterpillars don't. If you dead head at this time of year, they will often reflower from side shoots. If it has finished flowering, cut down by a third to stop root rock in winter. In March, cut it down to about 30 cm or so.

 I am assuming you have Buddleja davidii hybrids, not globosa or weyerana or alternifolia. They are pruned differently.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:27

When one of the women at work locked her keys in the car, I sent for Hubby. He was an apprentice at Jaguar. When they had a new super duper security system, him and one of the other apprentices worked out how to circumvent it. It was rolled out in front of the bosses. They broke in and drove it away within a minute. The new system was not promoted. Back to the drawing board.

Its Autumn here. The nuthatches are back.


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:18

You have to keep on dead heading dahlias.I draw the line at disbudding to get bigger flowers.


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:16

The first three are Bishops children , grown from seed three years ago and overwintered in the greenhouse each year. The peachy one was also grown from seed as mixed giant dahlias.This is cafe au lait, grown from a tuber , new last year. The single flowers are dinner plate size,but you don't get many and they are no good for bees. I will probably cut it and have it in the house.

Do you recognise this plant?!

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 11:38

Possible Tulbaghia or society garlic.

Strange Flower on Banana plant

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 11:25

It would appear to be an Ensete lasiocarpum or the golden lotus banana.

 Well done for getting it to flower.

I doubt it will fruit , but you never know.

 If it does and that stem dies, don't throw it away, they usually throw up new stems from the rootstock. Bananas are not trees, they are herbaceous.

Last edited: 02 September 2016 11:27:09

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