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Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:54

I use Barley Straw extract in my big and small ponds and it works well - just a little every week stops the water going green. Look for it on the internet.

Calla lilies - zantedeschia - any tips?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 21:08

Thanks for these tips. I will use tomato feed now and keep them dry and frost free in the winter.

Calla lilies - zantedeschia - any tips?

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 23:18

Have bought some calla lilies on an impulse - one is a plant with leaves called Flame, the others are knobbly corms called Picasso. Does anyone have any tips for growing them please?

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 21:20

Thank you Treehugger - I have very hard water so I use rainwater or de-ionised water.

I have 6 pots in a tray and keep them on a sunny patio - am now interested to see how these round flower buds will look when the flowers come out. The ones I have are called purpurea, flava Purple Tube, alata rubrioperculata, farhamii, ,moorei, harperi.  I will get some fleece to put over them on cold nights in the winter as you recommend it.

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 21:17

Thank you Clarington - do you use rainwater to water yours? I do hope that I will get some flowers. I understand that it is very difficult to pollinate them.

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 20:05

Thanks for the link pansyface (very good) and for the advice to leave the flower buds on Treehugger. I will see what happens to them in the coming weeks - they have been drinking up bottles of rainwater in this hot weather. Just started growing them so rather ignorant of their needs - using sphagnum moss and Perlite 50/50.

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 06:47

Had this in my garden and used strong glyphosate over a period of 4 years -  sprayed 3 times a year in the spring, summer and early autumn. Now it has all gone.

They now make something called Roseate (look online) - very strong glyphosate - use a sprayer. It is does work well.

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 06:35

Several of my new pitcher plants have grown long stalks with round heads on - flower heads I suppose. Should I cut them off or leave them on?

dahlia - in the shade?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 05:28

Thank you - the lobelia is a great idea. I know that my local nursery has some.

dahlia - in the shade?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 04:52

Thanks - I will give up on that idea . Just wanted a tall red flower in that bed. Must think of something else.

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Calla lilies - zantedeschia - any tips?

How to grow calla lilies? 
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Last Post: 22/04/2015 at 21:08

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Should I cut off the flower head? 
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Last Post: 21/04/2015 at 21:20

dahlia - in the shade?

Will a dahlia flower in a shady spot? 
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Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 05:28

wild life pond depth

what is the maximum depth needed for a wildlife pond? 
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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 22:33

Caltha palustris

How deep in the water 
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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 00:11

Where to put a cold frame

New coldframe - what position? 
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Last Post: 11/04/2015 at 21:16

spraying fruit trees

What fungicide do you use? 
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Last Post: 27/03/2015 at 23:10

Which type of John Innes for rock plants?

New rockery - soil type? 
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Last Post: 28/03/2015 at 04:18

How do you prick out antirrhinum

Tiny seedlings - when and how to prick out? 
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How to grow - any tips? 
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French beans

Which French bean to grow on WINDY site? 
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Last Post: 02/01/2014 at 11:03

Euphorbia pruning

Leggy euphorbia 
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Last Post: 02/01/2014 at 20:48

Euphorbia pruning

Leggy euphorbia 
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Disease and composting

Black broad bean stalks and pods 
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