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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yellow sulphur powder has also been withdrawn/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.

standard weeping rose

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 18:44

Hi Lorelei

Thank you for your comments.Unfortunately it has only just come into flower.I will play it safe and trim after flowering as you suggest.


Mike W

standard weeping rose

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 17:53

this weeping rose is in its 2nd year .I did prune and tidy in spring,but it is now untidy again with unequal long stems.Do I tidy up in July ?


Mike W

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 18:06

Hi Alina W

Glad that we have not lost you .I always look for your comment and advice.

Mike W


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