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More plant I-Ds Please

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:41

Jack.  Don't forget my offer.

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:35

Smiffy and all forum members.  A word to the wise.  In any case when you have ordered by post etc something.  Plants, clothes or whatever.  Upon opening the wrappers/ packaging, you instantly realise, you are not satisfied.  Contact the supplier.  Request a returns label and sent the lot straight back.  The moment you accept the item, it is too late.  In Smiffy's case.  The worst thing you could have done.  You lovingly applied a bit of TLC.  Legally you have given the supplier a free hand.  You have interfered.  Let's be honest.  Firms are out to make a profit.  You and I would do the same.  Whether knowingly or not.  The supplier actually sends out a load of crap. (I apologise for the wording)  You eithe accept or regect it.  A further tip, when dealing with disputes over plants.  Start off your letter/text etx of complaint.  Dear Sirs,  I have received ...etc etc.  Might I bring to your attention.  I have many years experience of horticulture under my belt, so please don't waste your time.  Attempting to pull the wool over my eyes.  I am an experienced gardener.  I know what I am doing.  I am returning the order herewith.  Kindly honour your guarantee and conditions of sale.

A List of Important Chemicals.

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 01:04


A List of Important Chemicals.




Here is a brief list of important chemicals, required by plants. Commercial labeling will usually list them by the abbreviations such as. (N) Nitrogen. (P) Phosphorus. (K) Potash.

There are of course various individual plant foods marketed. Such as. Rose feed. Rhododendron feed etc. Unless you are chemist. I’d plump for the pre-packed solutions.

(N) Nitrogen. This is an element that all living things requires.

(P) Phosphorus. An element that is required by plants. (Keeping these elements to plants) This element will aid the good growth of a plant. Should your plant suddenly develop dark green, or bluish green foliage, and sometimes a reddish impregnated markings. This is a sure sign of a deficiency of (P). (K) Potash. Potassium. This can produce similar foliage changes as (P) However the main purpose of (K) is to produce flowers/seeds etc. (Ca) Calcium. This is required for the binding together of the cell structure of the plant. It also plays a big part in the production of good strong roots. So should your plant start to wilt and look washed out, the lack of calcium might be the problem. However. Over watering or lack of, can fool even the expert at times. (Mg) Magnesium. This chemical plays an important part in plants etc. In simple terms. It acts like an organizer, as it were. Sorting out and putting in place the other chemicals. It is very important in the production of chlorophyl. This is what give the plants that green look. We all know about UV and photosynthesis. Well if there is a lack of Mg, then however much sunlight there is. The system might not work. So if your plant suddenly become anaemic looking, perhaps the Mg is low. (Fe) Iron. This is a bit more technical. As we know. In the human body. Iron is very important to our blood supply and content. Similar within plants. It is used in reactions in which rapid oxidation reductions occur. Plants with an iron deficiency will become chlorotic. (Mn) Manganese. This is required in small amounts. I t is involved in the light reactions of photosynthesis and binds to proteins. Signs of deficiency. Chlorosis and malformation. (B) Boron. An element found in boracic acid. It’s full value is not as yet, scientifically understood..

I do hope this will help others to further their knowledge.

How you choose fertilizers ?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 00:07

I will be posting. A List of Important chemicals. 

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 23:36

Hey Verd.  Would you believe it.  All of the forum members also have a birthday this year.  WHHOOOOOPIE!  Just thin of it.  Come December 28 2014,  This old beggar, bugger or what will be 75.  What am I assured of.  WOW! A free TV licence.

Being serious.  Perhaps my best present might be.  The continouance and frienship of all my GW forum friends.    Mind you.  The odd bottle of the Scotish nectar would be great.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 22:06

If I may.  As we have covered many points in this thread.  Perhaps time to move on.  There are so many good books available.  Please don't misunderstand me.  I don't want to lose all my forum friends, because I have suggest reading a book. No way.  However the odd glance at a book can sometimes add that little bit extra to what forum members post.  In addition, most book contain illustrations.  If anyone ever asked me.  What gardening book I would insist, having on my shelf.  I would say.  Any of the, 'Be your own expert etc'  By Dr. DG Hessayon.  They are cheapto purchase, but believe me.   They are a library on their own.

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:51

Just as a passing thought.  Have YOU ever noticed how during the flowering season.  Individual colours all seem to have their respective 'day'?

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:48

I love all colurs and all plants.  Perhaps our particular love for yellow in the garden, might be, because it tends to reflect in it's own way.  The rays of the sun.  Struggling out of long dark dismal winter days.  The reflectiveness of the celandines, the daffs and many more.  In a like manner to white, suggesting purity etc.  Perhaps, yellow suggests to us that the days are getting brighter etc.

New plant to Id please

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:39

Question from, 'A wise one'.

Why is it.  We all marvel at the abundance of wild flowers.  In this perspective, we class them a being great, collectible etc.  However.  Find one growing in your garden, and it's.  Donna & Blitzen.  A horrible weed!!!!!???????

Hello everyone

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:34

Mrs Garden.  Spot on


Phil.  What camera due use?

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