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Orchids

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.

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 08:45

I agree with AliP. I have moved and split mine countless times over the years when the foliage has died down and before the new growth is showing through the soil.

Talkback: Growing citrus plants

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
I wasn't sure when to prune my Calamondin. I was afraid of doing it harm as it's flowering and fruiting well but getting leggy. This is easy to follow.

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
I was surprised to read that sunflower oil can work. I will try that this year.

Talkback: How to grow marginal pond plants

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
My arum lily like the one Joe planted is sitting on a shallow ledge in the pond with it,s crown above or just about level with the surface of the water. It has suffered badly this winter from the frost and frozen over pond. I realise now it should be deeper under the surface. If it survives (it looks quite damaged) I will lower it down into the water to cover the crown. I hope this will afford it more protection.
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