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Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I love bees, and they never seem bothered by me doing my job. As I'm deadheading, I've had several on my hands, just preening themselves, before launching back into the nearest flower. So long as you move slowly and carefully, you shouldn't have a problem with them. They love daisy type flowers, easier to land on and pillage, I guess.

Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I work in a garden centre, and as we get the lavender and hebes in, that's when we usually have the most bees about. There's usually a complete mixture of wild bees and honey bees. I was asked once why I wasn't bothered by the bees as I was working, and I tried to explain that if a bee stings, it dies as the stinger is barbed and tears the bee apart as it tries to pull it out.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
Just want to say that phalaenopsis/moth orchids, need to be in a clear pot, to allow light to get to their roots, as they have a symbiotic fungi on them. Also, when trimming the flowering stems of the moth orchid, trim to just above a node below where the lowest flower was. That's what has worked for me.

Talkback: How to care for orchids

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
To OscarM..the orchids that like to be in clear pots, are phalaenopsis (moth orchids). Most other common ones will be ok in an opaque pot instead of translucent. My favourite is a Vanda, but I can't afford it, and probably wouldn't last long in my house!
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