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can you ID my new succulent please?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:04

Have just acquired an interesting succulent from the Botanical Gardens in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  The cashier selling the plants had no idea what it was.  It has successfully survived much travel across Europe in a 2 litre ice-cream box.

Anyone know what it is?  This is it now planted into my meditteeraneran succulent bowl.




Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:05

that's what I do!  I've already cut it to the ground twice this year and it's ready to do again now.  The first lot I soaked in a bucket of water until it stank like pig manure - filtered through a pair of tights and bottled the resultant liquid manure - it's brilliant for tomatoes.  The rest has gone into the compost bins....


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:31

Information is helpful - especially in garden centres, but many people inherit plants like these when they move.  One answer is to teach children from a very early age never to eat anything unless they are certain it is safe - ask first.  My generation grew up knowing not to swallow laburnum seeds. or eat the berries off bushes they were not already familiar with.

If you visit the poison garden at Alnwick Castle, which is surrounded by high walls and locked, you discover that you are actually growing the majority of plants in there in your own garden.  Education is the key - not just to what is poisonous to eat, but plants that cause skin allergies too.  Forearmed is forewarned.

Mystery plan doing well

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:32

if it's the "common or garden" one it will be tall - around four foot in my garden - one of those tough as old boots sort of plants!

what plant is this

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 19:54

it's lovely - I'd hang on to that if I were you

What could this be?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 19:52

depends who you are - I love them and allow them to grow but they need to be cut back hard when they get too leggy.  fortunately they replace themselves readily, so little work for lots of pleasure if you've got the space.

bean seed germinating

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 23:15

if I were you Bf206 I think 'd dig up one end of the row and see what's happened - they usually pop up inside a week in the warm, and even outside not much longer.  They may have rotted or been eaten by mice?

Wisteria leaf droop

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 18:56

Wisteria can be slow getting going, and need a lot of water when starting out. Also, how far from the wall did you plant it?  If it's too close it will not get enough water even when it rains.

I have one that's been in for three years and only this year has it really started to grow leaves.  The other one covers two walls of the house, but I do give it lots of water and feed it.


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 18:51

The best way I have found is to plant in a large pot with copper tape up near the rim.  The shadier and damper the situation the greater the snail problem!

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 18:48

I wonder if your soil is too rich for them?  Mine are rampant like Buttercups - and they grow in unresponsive heavy clay and seem virtually unkillable.  Mind you, for everyone who has foolproof plants like this, there is another load of people who simply can't get them to grow at all.  hat;'s the challenge of gardenning!

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