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Orchid

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 17:21

It seems that everybody has different ideas of how to treat orchids.  All I can tell you is what has worked for me, and we have about a dozen which are now flowering for a second year. This is phalaenopsis type.

I use tepid tap water and plunge the pot in to the water for about 10 minutes approximately every 7 to 10 days.  If the 'roots' are bright and fleshy it doesn't need watering, if they start to look soft they need watering. 

During the summer months I stood them all outside in a bright car port and mist sprayed straight from the garden hose once a week or so.

I experimented with cutting the flower shoot right back and to within a couple of nodes of the bottom.  It didn't really make any noticable difference to the way it threw out the new stems.  Do be careful with the new stems as they can be quite brittle and the tip is very easy to knock off as I discovered .  Good news it that it has since flowered again.

As they are only in their second year I've not had cause to consider repotting yet.

Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:17

I don't understand why you bought the seeds if you thought the price was excessive.  Where are you obtaining the information which leads you to believe the seed manufacturers' profits are excessive?

I tend to look at the price of an item and either decide it's what I want at a price I'm willing to pay or not.  Some plants are dearer than others, generally down either to rarity or the difficulty / time taken to raise them to saleable size.  I imagine the same applies to seed.

Plantsava watering systems

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:16

I've seen systems which attach to soft drink bottles but haven't tried any of them.

 

One example here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-AQUADRIP-ADJUSTABLE-BOTTLE-TOP-SELF-WATERING-SPIKES-/170648142605?_trksid=p2054897.l4275

Found lots of rubble under grass

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:12

If it's a new build I would check with your solicitor about removal of rubble from site.  It used to be the case that no top soil was to be removed from site but all builders rubble must be.  Many builders seem to think it's the other way round!

If you solicitor confirms that rubble should have been removed your initial step should then be to contact the developer to sort it out.  If that fails consider the small claims court.

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

Thanks Mike.  Very informative.

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 18:19

I'm planning to shift the main bulbs from the pots into the borders.  Can I just put the little uns in as well or should they be potted up?

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 15:43

I left my oriental lilies in their pots over winter and now, dozens of small red bulblets have started to shoot.  What should I do with them.  I've grown lilies in pots for a number of years but never seen anything like this before.

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 20:46

I've never talked to my plants.  I used to swear at the weeds but that just seemed to encourage them.

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:51

The introduction of Sophie Raworth and other non-gardeners is just more evidence of the dumbing down of TV.  I have no problem with the inclusion of enthusiastic amateurs but for somebody to state they basically aren't interested in gardening and then present this seems perverse.

Somewhat different with Richard Hammond as he's been wildlife mad all his life.  That said I thought "Africa Live" or whatever it was called was rubbish - not his fault.  Whoever thought it would be a good idea to have a live show like that, on peak time evening TV, from an area 3 or 4 hours ahead of us?  It's dark then you numpties!!!

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:44

Another alternative when seeking unusual plants is visiting Yellow Book gardens.  I've obtained a lot of unusual plants that way over the years.

I should make it clear that I mean many places have plants for sale - I not advocating my mother-in-laws method of helping herself to 'cuttings' !!

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