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who knows a new kind technology can be used in plants speed up plants grow fast

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 08:02

If there is, the commercial growers will have found it.

There are three things needed for plant growth (besides water and nutrients): warmth, carbon dioxide and sunlight, the latter two being needed for the photosynthesis that generates the energy the plant needs to grow. Commercial growers control this by increasing the intensitt of light and keep the lights on for 24 hours a day, and by injecting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere inside their glasshouses, and by carefully controlling temperature. There is a limit to the amount of warmth or sunlight a plant can take before its leaves start to scorch or wither.

We amateurs do what we can with warmth and sunlight and by feeding and potting on etc., but we can't provide light 24 hours a day, or inject carbon dioxide, or provide continuous temperatures of around 25 C 


Posted: 23/04/2012 at 07:43

Did you use a water based pen or a permanent one? 

tonights gardeners world

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:46

One of my seedlings has produced white flowers. I am going to propagate it by division. I still think the blue / pink ones are the best though. 


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:43

Yes. I use a freezer bag. I sometimes use green plactic covered wire bent into horseshoes to act as supports to keep the bag away from the cuttings, but this year I have been lazy. 

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:41

Hi hypercharleyfarley

I think it would work. I would do likewise but I have 100 metres of border edges including island borders and it would be very expensive. 


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:38

I sugegst you incorporate some moisture retaining gel granules into the compost. And choose a pot that allows at least 2" clearance between the top of the compost and the lip of the pot, to allow for expansion as the gel expands, and to allow room for water to sit on top after watering and soak through 

Mycorrhizal Fungi

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:34

On reflection, I may have misunderstood your post. If you are applying the stuff to the roots of soft fruit as you plant them out, or to the roots of chillis, toms etc. as you pot them on, then I reckon that would work. And now I am kicking myself for not doing so on my blackberries and raspberries that I planted a month ago. I have just bought some bush tomato plantlets, and have two more blackberries (Reuben) in pots ready to go out, and I will use teh stuff on them. 

Mycorrhizal Fungi

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:28

I am surprised at that. The advice from the manufacturer is that it only works when applied directly to the roots of shrubs and trees as they are being planted, and just mixing it into the soil in the planting hole won't work, unlike fertilizers, which must not be applied directly to the roots. 

I have seen Monty doing it that way recently. He sprinkled it around the edge of the rootball, patting it in by hand. 


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:22

Wrightt is right!! Moss won't rot down, it will just go dormant, and when it reappears from your compost heap it will come alive again. If it is going to end up at the bottom of a planting hole then it will do no harm and will help to retain moisture. If you use it as a mulch then you will quickly get a new patch of moss. 

Taking cuttings from unknown shrub

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:18

If it is kolkwitzia amabilis, semi- ripe cuttings - which will not be available for a few months yet. I assume you have just taken the cuttings, so I suspect they are softwood. These will require special care - mist etc.. Wait until early July to take cuttings, remove the soft tips and cover teh cuttings with a freezer bag or something similar. 

Alternatively, have a look at the base and see if you can see any suckers. This is a good time to lift one, with roots and soil, pot up and keep in a sheltered spot. 

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