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Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:01

Thank you both so much for for your responses - the RHS site is very good. Looks like a fussy plant to grow, whether indoors or out! I'm sure you're not thick at all Philippa!

Beaus: I'm not sure which type it is, but it was bought as an outdoor plant many moons ago, in a garden centre and I would guess it's probably a big standard G. jasminoides, as the leaves and flowers look right. London has had some very mild winters lately, so yes, it was partly that and partly keeping it along a very sheltered west wall which probably helped it to survive. 

Off to get my compost sorted now! And a better pot. And a gravel tray. And a pair of kid gloves. Maybe I ougut. to talk to it nicely too....

Begonia problem

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:15

Try searching for an Eco spray that you can buy ready made up, or make up and dilute yourself, called SB Invigorator Spray (I buy mine in amazon) - it's based on plant oils, non toxic to everything and leaves, fruit etc can be harvested straightaway.

I've been using it in my  garden to control aphids, spider mites and the like, with amazing results. Because it helps the plants by giving it super healthy, invigorated leaves, it also helps to control mildew In my clematis.

i also use it a couple of times a year in my indoor plants and it rejuvenated them very well.

if this doesn't work or your mildew is too advanced, pick off as many affected leaves as you can, spray with SB, leave a week, and if no improvement use a systemic fungicide. That'll definitely control it.

But a healthy plant with healthy leaves, that isn't overcrowded and has good ventilation is also the key to reducing mildew attacks.

Good luck!

North facing Porch

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:04

You're welcome. 

If sarcococca can be grown in a pot, then you have the most amazing smelling flowers over winger time.always a bonus!

 https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1784

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:59

Please!

am stuck on how to proceed and would love to get it all right, so my gardenia is finally happy 

thanks 

Basil

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 13:23

I don't bother with the other ingredients. Much simpler this way. Also means that when you do add the garlic, pine nuts, cheese etc just before you make the pesto, it'll taste very fresh!

Basil

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:59

Hello 

I make lots of oesto, being Italian and all that, and I normally pick the leaves off the plants, leave them on a dry tea towel to dry off, then I chop them up, mix them in a bowl with olive oil and pour the lot into ice cube trays and freeze. These can be individually defrosted to add to soups and sauces over the winter.

 Alternatively, you could prepare the leaves in the same way, but then freeze a larger portion, enough for one lot of pesto.

As long as the chopped leaves are really sitting in oil, they don't rot or go black. 

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:55

Anyone? 

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:32

Bump

Begonia problem

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:50

Could it be powdery mildew?

 

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:48

My poor gardenia has been attacked by vine weevil, red spider mite, aphids and snails.

It only produced one flower all year!

But I love it dearly and the scent when flowers actually grow, is heavenly.

 I've decided to take it out of its pot, checking all is good with roots, changing the soil etc, then putting it indoors, in a bright spot with no direct sunlight, cool and away from radiators, in the hope it may be happier (I don't think it likes my damp, cold garden in the winter).

Is there any particular compost it would like most, any particular pot (it's currently in a terracotta one), any particular aspect etc, that I don't know about?

We may  get a small garden room built next year, mainly in glass and was wondering if it's a plant that likes a cool conservatory-type space or not.

I'm not giving up on it!

Many thanks.

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