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Camellia Cuttings

Posted: 12/09/2017 at 00:30

Camellias (and Rhododendrons) are not easy from cuttings as they are very slow. If you can get it, root them in sphagnum moss rather than soil. Otherwise use a generous amount of vermiculite.

Good luck. Ian

Suitable plant for front porch

Posted: 12/09/2017 at 00:18

I don't know what your porch is like but if it is anything like mine was, it was neither very big nor tall. My choice is canna. Though they will not flower after October, they have such beautiful foliage, especially the bronze-leaf varieties, they are well worth growing for that alone, plus if it is cold at night ( but not freezing) they will not get spider mite, which is one of the big drawbacks of keeping them in leaf all the year round. Also if your porch tends to heat up rapidly in sunny weather they will not mind this either. The major drawback is they need a lot of water in summer. My reserve choice is an orchid - Cymbidium. They are winter-flowering so if you wait until the end of October you should be able to get one in bud. Like cannas they can go outside during the summer and are surprisingly tough provided they don't freeze Good luck. Ian

Last edited: 12 September 2017 00:23:38

First time veg grower

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 22:47

Great. Raised beds are ideal for veggies (most things really). Having said which, ideally you should have worked in some compost when you filled it. You need to decide what kind of veggies you want to grow. If you want the leafy kind, cow or horse manure is the best, though it's best to apply this in the spring. If you want roots, leaf mold and a bit of wood ash/ blood fish and bone is best. Best for this time of year are cabbages, brussels ,swede etc ie winter veg. You could try some late lettuce, rocket et, if you get nice plants from the garden center.  Parsley is good to overwinter. Good luck. Ian.

Is this an oak seedling?

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 22:37

Best way to identify it would be to dig it up and see if there's an acorn.:-)

Terracotta saucers

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 22:30

You are absolutely right to mourn the (apparent) disappearance of terracotta saucers. They are so much better than plastic ones as they allow excess water to drain slowly away. Plastic saucers are a mixed blessing. Though they do stop plants from drying out, in cool conditions water can remain standing in them for days, encouraging root rots. Like most quality products I think it is the extra cost that is hurting them. Ian

Last edited: 02 September 2017 22:34:14

Watering cuttings - saucers?

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 22:18

NOOO! Cuttings in general must have free drainage. Unless water can flow freely through, bacteria and fungi will proliferate and all your cuttings will DIE. This is especially true for lavender which must be kept only just moist. They are Mediterranean plants and hate humidity also, so I only used to take cuttings from them in midsummer. Don't use a propagator. Keep them in fresh air. Water ever other day when hot. In cool damp conditions, less. Good luck. Ian.

Last edited: 02 September 2017 22:21:02

Starting a Cutting Patch

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 22:08

Have you tried Prairie Gentian (Eustoma)? As the name suggests they like dry soil and sunny conditions but it's hard to get good blues. Another blue for earlier in the season I liked was Canterbury Bells (a tall Campanula), though it's a biennial, so a bit more trouble. Good luck. Ian


Posted: 02/09/2017 at 21:52

Yes, I think that's a bit like Nuclear Physics for Dummies! I don't think I'll get it.

Cymbidium won't flower.

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 21:38

Sun sun and more sun. There is a magnificent display in the Municipal Garden in Funchal, Madeira where they do not have any shade. I have a few here in Brazil, and do not shade them for 6 months of the year but some clones - I think the ones that have a strong element of species from China and Japan - do not like our climate, as we do not have cold winter temps. Good luck. Ian.

Cannas in a tub

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 21:15

I'm ending up answering my own question again. Cannas are extremely popular in America,and I've had some good feedback. The general view is that Cannas do very well in a bog garden or by a lake or pond. This has encouraged me to expand the tub idea by digging out a large area and line it with fiber glass. Hopefully this will save me quite a bit of watering.

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