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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 though...help...

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 

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:36

Ivy, ivy, IVY! 

Bloody everywhere.

Snails love it.

Many neighbours don't tend their gardens at all, so the ivy is constantly encroaching and out of control, as are several pests and other weeds.

 

ARGH.

 

Rant over, thank you.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:35

Hi, I'm afraid I can't see your photo.

There is also a variety of bamboo which does not spread like the more common types - apparently - but after going through a bamboo removing month of hell myself, I sort of went off bamboo for life 

Not knowing what kind of soil you have, what exposure or situation, or how high a screen you're looking to create, I'm going to throw a few randoms your way!

Is there a fence on that side, trellis?

Could you grow some large shrubs against that, like smoke bush, pieris, aucuba, choisiya? Or train some climbers up there if you have a fence/trellis? Jasmines, clematis, climbing roses?

It really does depend what you like, and on the other factors mentioned before.

What have I grown?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:26

Yes, definitely a dahlia leaf that. Lucky you!

Plant suggestions please!

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:24

What about a sarcococca confusa? Lovely highly scented white flowers in winter, almost black berries follow. Fine in a pot, does well in partial to full shade.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:53

Gardening G - in Obelix's garden photo above, it is the lovely almost yellow/green grass, slightly left of centre, front row bordering the paving. Obelixx's look like several plants grow next to each other - am I right Obelixx? They look lovely when they get larger and join together, bit like a cascade of leaves. As Verdun says, very classy and also very easy to grow and maintain. They really do their own thing. Mine are intermixed with ophiopogon black grass. I think my variety is called All Gold. never seen a purply or an orangey one - off too google 

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:27

Obelixx, which type is yours then? It sounds lovely with the purple rib. Can never have too much Hakkonechloa!

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