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B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:19

Oh, by the way, I did get my money back with the receipt but they lady looked down her nose at me and said,

"You just have to water them."

"Trust me, these are dead. I'd like a refund"

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:17


I think if they're selling of live plants at a discount because they've been neglected, that's fine, but if they're selling plants which are actually dead, at full price, with instructions to soak for 3 hours then plant and wait for them to come up, the average Jo, is not going to understand they've been sold a dud until nothing comes up, and that is not going to be for a month or more, by which time you've thrown the box away, you've lost the receipt and you've put it down to slugs or your own inexperience. This kind thing makes me really angry. It isn't good for either the novice gardener or B&Q in the long term. Hey Ho.

St John's Wort

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 15:02

Hi Peanuts, I think it's a safe bet to assume every plant will only shoot from a node, where I leaf is or was. That way as Dove said, you won't get snags that can die back and make a mess of your plant. It happened to me last year on a new apple I'd grafted. I'd had a back injury so wasn't able to bend, I made a graft which didn't take, because I was high on medication probably,  anyway, it didn't take so I just pulled it out and forgot all about it. A nice new shoot grew out just below the cut, but underneath the wax and tape it got coral spot which ate into the nice new shoot. I've had to cut that off now and I'm left with a little stump to graft onto instead of a nice big new shoot.  I had a good excuse but learn from my mistakes.

Growing mistletoe

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 15:31

I put them on an old apple tree and on large rose, they’re doing okay, they take a few years to show much signs of grown. The thing about cutting the bark is supposed to be a bad idea. It isn’t the natural way for sure. If the bark is too think they won’t get a hold, but I’ve read they’ll germinate on a rusty nail, but obviously not grow. I tried them on Hawthorn the year before but got not a one germinate. The tree needs to be mature enough to cope with the mistletoe and the branch not so old the bark is too thick. Rosacae is supposed to be best, but it seems mistletoe can be quite variable in it’s liking for a host so it depends where the berries came from. I’m no expert, all second hand knowledge pretty much so far.

summer raspberries

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 15:21

You wouldn't need to buy more though. Dig them up and move them in winter. I've not grown raspberries for many years though. They come quite well from hardwood cuttings too.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 13:56
Italophile wrote (see)

 In simple terms, the hybridised gene pool starts to unravel through successive generations.


I think you may have over simplified there. Yeah, you won't get the same thing because it's like mixing a jar red smarties and an equal number of blue smarties when talking about F1 Hybrids. Each subsequent generation will be a shuffle of the same jar of smarties if they are self pollinated, but you're mixing the same jar time and time again, if they're self pollinated. If they're then cross pollinate then you're then going to get new genes/chromosomes introduced and some lost but that is the case with any plant unless the plant is apomictic such as with Bramble or partially apomictic such as Oranges. There's no 'unravelling' other than during cell division, which is happening right now in all of us. Since Tomatoes are self polinated though you're pretty much going to get the same tomato time after time, at least for the home gadener.

Wild Garlic

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:25

It takes seedlings five years to flower, I don't think you should have too much of a problem. On another upside you can cook the bulbs. I love it and wouldn't want to be without it every since I first introduced it to Mums garden 35 years ago, I have it in my own garden now. If you can't get the bulbs by digging then pulling the tops as soon as they come up will weaken the plant and they will eventually stop coming up. The seeds won't blow in the wind unless it's a serious gale. I suspect the people before you like them and introduced them. Sell them to your local restaurant or the local farmers market. 

choosing and growing honeyberry

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 14:19

got to go will get back later. See L.c. kamchatika (sp?), L.c. Duet etc. Note - not self fertile so will need two different varieties. Shouldn't need support as shrubby not climbers. Larch cottage have a selection plus others. You'll need to choose your varieties based on your needs, taste, vitamin content etc.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 14:17

Yes, these are essentially bare root but they do come in what should be moist compost to ensure they don't desiccate completely, but these are dry and shrivelled, it would take a miracle to revive these. You could feel the moisture on the Echinacea and see they were still okay. The compost on the Echinops was like dust. I have been in Horticulture for over 30 years, trust me, the Echinops are dead. I'm just anoyed with myself for not checking them before I drove away, I know what B&Q are like. I wouldn't advise anyone who doesn't know about plants to buy from them.

Wild Garlic

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 11:58

On the upsside, re the Garlic, it only grows once a year and isn't too hard to dig up unless it's in a rocky place

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