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Disinfecting terracotta pots

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 14:24

Thanks Steve and Tetley. I did wonder whether a household disinfectant like Dettox would do the job, but was a bit worried that it might leave a residue that affected later occupants of the pot.

Steve - all the Jeyes range is intended for outdoor use - but I think its downright evil.

Tetley - would that be fish 'n' chip or white vinegar?

Disinfecting terracotta pots

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 12:09

Several of my container-grown Dahlias developed a crown gall last year. Following advice on RHS site, I disposed of plants and compost, but haven't cleaned the pots yet.

I know many people would recommend using Jeyes Fluid, but I absolutely hate the stuff! It smells vile and the only time I used it to clean plastic pots and trays, it left a greasy, oily sheen on everything.

I've seen a product called Citrox online. Can anyone recommend this, or suggest another, effective way of disinfecting the pots?


Dahlia tuber looking odd

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 12:55

Yes, that looks like it. Thanks BTG

Dahlia tuber looking odd

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 11:27

I have just taken my few dahlias out of their terracotta pots ready to go into winter storage in the garage. One of the clumps looks very strange. The 'shoulders' - from which the stems grew, have a very granular surface and are creamy in colour. Gentle pressure with a fingernail removes small lumps of the stuff. All the tubers lower down look and feel perfect.

Any ideas? 

I would have posted a pic, but my phone's camera isn't working

What is eating my overwintering Chinese cabbage

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 19:23

Thanks pansyface and Steve309

What is eating my overwintering Chinese cabbage

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 17:56

My Chinese cabbage, growing under plastic cloches, looked fine until today, except for some irregular holes in the outer leaves. Now, as the hearts begin to form, they are being destroyed. There is also loads of frass in what remains of the heart. I managed to find a few small black slugs and several grey/green caterpillars, which have all been despatched, but I don't know if they are responsible.

Can anyone suggest the most likely culprit and any remedy (non-organic will be OK)

Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 11:29

The other was Hartland Abbey.









Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 10:52

Recently returned from a fortnight in North Devon with our extended family. Lots of time spent on several of the local beaches (Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe) while the younger ones surfed, but managed to squeeze in a couple of garden visits.

RHS Rosemoor

The weather was switching all day between bright sunshine and overcast drizzle (quite common and why the county is so green and lush)








Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:34

Thanks, Hostafan1. That is great news!

Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:29

Not sure if this is a garden plant or a weed. It appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. I potted it up in case it was something worthwhile, but now I'm starting to get twitchy



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Dahlia tuber looking odd

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