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christmas cactus wont flower

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:51

Mine thrive on neglect!  But landgirl is right, draughts are fatal.  They don't all flower at Christmas - my red one flowers nearer Easter, and all the surplus rooted bits I took to France now thrive in a trough left out in the sunshine through the summer and only brought indoors in November, out of the cold.  It is easier to kill by overwatering.  Cuttings (bits off the ends of shoots) root by simply sticking in the pot - it's easy to end up with far too many.


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 13:36

Sylvia - I have some growing in the border, and I heap some compost on top of them for protection in the winter.  The ones growing in pots get moved to behind the greenhouse, mainly because they are so boring once the foliage has died down, but again I top up the pots with compost.  Mine bloomed well this summer so I shall continue this regime.  I believe they are one ofthose plants which need a restricted rootrun - too much space and they only produce leaves - but my border one seem to be OK.

Garden Bench

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 10:30

We've replaced all the slats on ours and resprayed the cast iron ends too and I reckon it's good for another dozen years.  We treated the new slats (B & Q like others have said) with a wood sealant as the bench lives out all year.  Gives you the chance to change the colour (we now have dark blue iron ends) too.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:34

I do like Dove - except I put all my orchids in a large washing up bowl once a week and use Baby Bio orchid feed in the water. Water from above and leave to stand in the water for about an hour  (doesn't matter if it's two or three hours really)  then lift and drain and pop back in their pot covers and replace where they belong.  They hate stabnding in water.

My son does this for me when I'm away - a regime easy to remember and they've been gouing now for between three and five years.

ps.  they;'re £4.50 in Ikea at the moment!

Rose ignorance

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:17

I don't think Charles will ever have thick stems - its a thickety kind of rose.  I'll be interested to hear how it performs if you try the pegging idea though.  It's a very old variety.

Composter not composting!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:23

definately need at least two bins, and best stood on earth (put wire netting under it if there is a danger os rats or mice nesting in it).  The layering is good, a layer of spare earth (I use the rubbishy clay continually available when I dig) from time to time - and cheap activator from Lidl....when you transfer the unrotted top waste into the second bin add some of the worms that are active in the first bin to get it off to a good start.  Lastly - try not to let it dry out - leave an old bucket nearby and tip in all gathered rain from time to time.

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:12

wish they'd show repeats of Geoff Hamilton and his wonderful ideas at Barnsdale - a make do and mend creative gardener if ever there was one - and he loved to sit back and enjoy what he'd created.

with regard to pots - I bought three green "muck tubs" from B & Q about 10 years ago as a cheap and more easily moveable solution to the pot problem.  I had to drill holes about 6" up from the base around the edge to allow surplus water to drain out, wjhilst still allowing enough to gather at the bottom to sustain growth.  They are still going strong - excellent value for money - and have rope handles at the top to enable me to tow them around to where I want them.

Rose ignorance

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 11:58

hi Nutcutlet - Charles de Milles - where to start?/  I have it at the back of the border and it has always been a straggly shooted rose, but as you say, lovely heavy blooms. Mine grows several shoots rom the base annually....and spreads by long underground stems in all directions.  It is almost a weed here as I have to watch in the spring and sever ansd yank out all the new plants coming up around the original.  My thoughts are to leave it be - let it tumble and spread within reason - see it as a cottage garden rose.  It is unkillable.

Too late to plant my bulbs?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 17:59

Hi Steph

there's already a thread about late planting of bulbs - suggest you check it out

basically - plant when  you like, and they seem to sort themselves out to suit the seasons in subsequent years.

Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 17:51

Finished planting - oh you lucky things!

I've got all the tulips in, and a long planter with city of harlem hyacinths and some miniature daffs, but I now have to sort out all last years pots (I left the bulbs in and fed them after flowering) - will probably tip them out and replant in new compost (jetfire daffs and some more hyacinths) - then picked up some blue alliums and thalia narcissus very cheaply so must think where to put them!  I really should restrain myself and not keep buying things just becausde they are such a good deal!

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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