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Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:34

I think you are being a bit optimistic about Bob.   Leave him for longer and I am sure he will produce shoots eventually. 

I recently chopped down a 26-year old yucca, leaving a stump in the pot.    There were no signs of life for two months.     Now I have FIFTEEN new shoots!  

composting

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:24

I would imagine they would get rather too heavy to rotate, but then you might have good biceps!

Cats!!!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:24

In my experience, nothing much works to deter cats.    Can you hang your feeders up high where the cat is unlikely to be able to get the birds? 

I have had some success by planting a couple of curry plants where a local cat liked to do its business and they certainly deterred him. 

I have also found that spiky stuff you nail to the top of fences works as they definitely don't like to walk on it.        

Can anyone identify this plant please

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:20

How lovely to have been given such a beautiful plant.    I remember having them in my bridal bouquet!

liquid plant food

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:18

I have clumps of stinging nettles behind my greenhouse, which I regularly cut down but do not remove.    I put them into the compost bins, as they are great organic compost accelerators.

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:15

I have the same problem.    A tub with a Goldcrest conifer does give a lovely splash of bright green.    Two tubs in the shade are planted with tulips for the spring, and geraniums for the summer - and both flower well.    I also have two hanging baskets which don't get any sun at all!   These are filled with the usual geraniums, fuschias, verbenas, petunias, lobelia, etc.    I get round the lack of sun by having two baskets on the back wall which get sun all day long (when we are lucky enough to have any!).   Each week I take the baskets down to dead-head them and then put them back again the other way around.   So each basket gets a week of sun followed by a week of shade!      They look great!     I guess you could also do this with tubs, but they would be heavier to move.   Hope this helps.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:07

A few weeks ago, Monty Don said it was a fallacy that hostas need shade.    I agreed with him, as mine are in full sun all day, and flower well every year.    He said full sun is fine as long as they get lots of water.    Mine are in pots, standing in saucers of water.

feeding

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:57

I mostly use phostrogen or Miracle Gro for everything, except for ericacous plants such as pieris, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, and blueberries.    Oh, and rose fertilizer for roses, of course.   The whole veggie/fruit patch gets mulched with home-made compost each year, and the flower beds are mulched with the Soil Conditioner I buy from my local council.

garlic affected by heavy rain?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:50

According to Monty Don, dig up your garlic when the leaves start to die down.

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 08:03

I can't quite work out the conclusion in this thread, but I think the colour of the leaves is a deciding factor.     Rocket leaves are green, whereas erysimum leaves are a greyish-green.   I have two erysimums and they are both 2-3 feet high.

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