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URGENT orchid suddenly lost all leaves

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 14:12

Hi paperpheasant. I agree with all the comments written by other members. I have several moth orchids over 10 years old which flower well. Two things I would like to add are 1. Moth orchid roots like to be in the light so I would suggest not using a plant pot cover and 2. I always use rainwater on my orchids. I collect this in spare bottles from my water butt and then keep the bottles in the house so that the water is always at the ambient temperature of the house when I use it. I only 'soak and drain' my orchids once a month (if they're lucky!) during the winter and more in the summer months where I use either a proprietary orchid feed or tomato fertiliser once a month. Its much better to err on underwatering rather than overwatering. Occasionally I mist the orchids with a fine apray - again using rainwater. Moth orchids are very tough and thrive on neglect

A few id's please

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:43

Hi Lorna. To add to the names already given:

Number 9 is Zantedeschia aethiopica

Number 10 is Chrysanthemum coronarium

You have a lovely collection there but beware of the Himalayan balsam as it seeds itself everywhere! The Houttuynia can also be a bit of a thug but its bruised leaves smell of bitter oranges which some gardeners rather like.

ID please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 17:26

Hi Flowers in the rain. Mine stayed out all winter in a trough near my back door and I had cut them back after flowering. I wasn't sure if they would overwinter but they have survived and look and smell beautiful now. It is a little bit sheltered near the back door so maybe that helped but they did get buried under the snow at one stage.

ID please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 11:01

They look a little like my sweet williams.

Name this plant

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:25

Could it be a white phlox?

boggy garden very little sun

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 09:46

I have Acer 'Osakasuki' in my wet northern garden (now about 20 years old) and it does really well. I have even grown some of its seeds and have a variety of different coloured youngsters in pots growing on the north side of my house. I have been able to supply neighbours and friends with seeds too.

I Made These

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 14:51

How super! You clever thing. They all look beautiful.

Found down a well.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 11:23

You could sink it into the ground - levelling it - and make a tiny pond or, as Leonette said, it would make a bird bath


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:22

Most seeds of hardy trees require stratification - i.e. being subject to a period of cold to break their dormancy. Stratification usually takes place in Autumn and can often be quite erratic - some seeds requiring two winters/cold periods to germinate. If you wish to try your fridge then all that is necessary is to place the seeds in some damp peat or compost inside a sealed plastic bag. just keep checking periodically for any signs of growth.Personally I would just wait until autumn and place the seeds in pots in a cold frame and let nature do the stratification. The RHS have excellent tips to help with this topic. I'm never sure if copying and pasting a link is the correct way to enter on this forum but I'll give it a try!

plant id please

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 13:25

Hi jpsbcfc. It looks like a quince to me.

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