mike w

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Flowering plants that like shade

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:00

Hi Daniel 2323

I have a plot North facing in shade located in N.E.After much experimenting I successfully grow Begonia,s ( plenty of colour ) fuschsia,s nocotiana and senecio

Good luck

Mike W



paraffin heaters

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 18:46

I agree with previous comments that you need to provide adequate ventilation.Parafin like all fuels is expensive ,often allotment associations sell it cheaper.

I have a twin funnel which uses a gallon every two days, this keeps the G.H. just above freezing This is too expensive to use all winter,I tend to use it April and May to protect against snap frosts here in N.E. England

Vitopod Propagators

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 05:10


Hi Sarah

I have 3 large vipods and 1small one,I purchased them over aa period of 3 years and I swear by them.My reason for using them is primarily to reduce the cost of heating the greenhouse and having the advantage of controlling different temperatures 

The thermostats control is excellent,also the abilty to increase the hieght is a great advantage.

Expensive yes but a rolls royce product,the Stewart is the Lada.You pay your money etc



Talkback: Greenhouse temperatures

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 18:48

Because of the high cost of heating,I have moved away fro overwintering plants such as fuchsia,s and pelargoniums and buy plugs in spring.Also any seeds which need sowing before mid march again I buy plugs.The result is I do not incur heating   the green house between October and April

I do have automatic vents but find them a nuisance in the winter period, and do not control temperatures effectively,I find shading from the low winter sun more effective.Also strong winds have damaged auto vents.


Begonia Corms

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 18:25

yellow sulphur powder has also been withdrawn/

saving begonias

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:58

Mirabelle,The plugs were fibrous root which were grown on in 75mm pots with heat.As sweet peas can be grown without heat I would not use plugs. Plant sweet pea,s can be planted  this month.

saving begonias

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 18:19

I am not sure whether it is worth saving the Begonia bulbs over winter (unless for a few of your favorites ) I have done this in previous years with mixed results This year I bought a few bulbs from Wilkinsons at less than a £1 each, Then 72 plugs mail order,the grown plugs were magnificent. 


Posted: 20/10/2012 at 17:51

Intially I used David Austin and was very disappointed.I have latterly used Harkness with whom I am extremely pleased 

Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:54

Try Wilkinsons they have quite a variety and reasonably priced.


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:27

I plant approx 50 No pots with daffs & tulips each year  outdoors and leave to the elements in N.E.England never had a problem. The bulbs normally have been saved from previous years.

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Begonia Seedlings

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