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Talkback: How to care for orchids

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 15:51
I have accumulated 6 phals now and just water mine when the roots look grey. Sometimes giving them a deep soak in a washing up bowl of warmed rainwater and at other times pouring aired tap water, with orchid food added, into the top of the pot. I also have the pots standing in a tray into which the poured water drains and I leave it there to evaporate. They are almost always in flower and I cut the stems down as someone previously advised to a lower bud once the last flowers are about to drop. Some plants are in the kitchen window facing east and the rest are in the cooler conservatory facing the same way. I fortunately haven't had problems with diseases.

Talkback: How to make a house martin nest

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 08:47
This nest looks so attractive.

Best runner bean

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 07:37
I grow White Lady and we find it has a good flavour and crops really well no matter what weather we get in summer. Will try Wisley Magic too.

Composting through the winter?

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 07:33
We keep adding to the compost bins throughout the winter. We have also dug out a trench where we put the been row and started filling that with kitchen waste and paper ready for moisture retention next year.


Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:36
Mine too. I just dead head and hope the weather improves. Far too much rain for the dianthus this year.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 17:45

It's so nice to look out onto the tulips at this time of year.


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 12:47

Some very lovely sunset shots here. I especially like this last one byMarshmello.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 08:30

I was advised to just trim the stem on one of mine as I normally cut it down after flowering. I was delighted to find a new bud appearing shortly after and am now enjoying this plants second flush of lovely flowers. You know what I will be doing again......


Posted: 10/02/2012 at 08:15

I only have 3 Phalaenopsis but I would love to have more as the flowers once they arrive last for at least 2 months. They aren't really too difficult to keep healthy. Mine are sitting on an east facing window ledge in my kitchen and when the roots begin to look pale I put them to soak in a large bowl of aired rain water, with a little orchid feed added, for about 30 minutes. I then allow them to drain any excess water onto the draining board. The roots gradually turn back to a green colour.

 You can get them quite cheaply if you don't mind buying them out of flower and waiting to see what colour they turn out to be.

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 08:48

Hi Julia, it must be very exciting starting a garden from scratch so to speak. You must have muscles on your muscles with all that digging.......I bet it will look brilliant this summer.

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