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What is this succulent please?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:23

Thanks. Norfolk- I've had a good look and it's definitely oscularia. Now I just wish I knew how to propagate it!

What is this succulent please?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:32

Thanks Alan - will go and google! 

What is this succulent please?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:05

Succulent, hardy down to -5C, slow growing, about 4 years old now, tiny pink flowers in mid summer, evergreen. Tried to take a cutting but didn't work, so will try to collect seeds, if I can find any and grow from them. Cannot for the life of me remember the name though. Any ideas? Thanks. Sorry about netting in front, it's fixed!


Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 15:17

Many thanks Paul - my (last remaining) phalaenopsis is in a warm, south east facing living room, out of direct sunlight and not on a windowsill but on a coffer! 

I have taken advice from here and shifted it to a north west facing windowsill (double glazing) to see of anything changes...I still don't know if it has been attacked by a pest though...but I'm very bloody minded and refuse to give up on it!

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 15:15

Hello Dove, I'm sorry about your parents  it's so sad when they are elderly and you have to see them deteriorating. Alzheimers is a particularly cruel disease...

Lovely that your daughter is into gardening now - you must be very very very proud! Mine is only 7, but seems to love pottering with me (so far, whist it's still cool to be seen with your mum), so I have some hope she may love plants when she is older. Watch this space 

What will you plant once the ash is gone? I suppose you'll have to put a lot of goodness back into the soil too, to replenish?

Take care 


Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:44

Hi Dove  Sorry I've been off the radar somewhat are things?

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:43

Thank you everyone - yes, I have tried them in several different spots, but will try different room now.

i looked up orchid pests and problems online abd apparently longitudinal cracks can indicate under watering...they weren't watered whilst I was away for 2 weeks, but as some if you say my dad's ones thrive on neglect! He hardly ever feeds.

mind you, I used to never feed mine and barely water when they were flowering, but carried in never feeding and hardly watering when something changed.

they had flowered in exactly the sane locations too before. 

I wish I could hand my last one to one if you, as a sort of plant hospital 

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 21:03

Thanks Pansy, I was worried about that...don't know of any pests that do that

Plant ID for a beginner

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 21:01

I love them too, though agree they need to be kept in check, as great spreaders.

one thing I have learnt is that they get very sulky if moved and may not flower for several years afterwards!

best not move them if possible.

enjoy your new garden!

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:55

 Strange 'cracks' in all leaves.

some good aerial roots.

no new leaves for weeks. No flowers for over a year.

New compost and orchid specific pots, plus the best feed I could find (Akerne's Rain Mix plus only ever rainwater).

Good exposure, plenty of light (east) but no direct sun.

Watered weekly, from base only, standing them in sink for an hour.

i also regularly spritz the leaves and clean with plain water.

my dad has been growing them successfully for years and he is as stumped as me.

Are they diseased?

please help, I only have one left 

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What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
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