philippa smith2

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Kitchen herbs for raised beds

Posted: Today at 16:58

Depends what you term Kitchen Herbs ?  Given a reasonable couple of months from now on, you can certainly sow quick crops.

Last edited: 28 July 2017 16:58:56

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: Today at 16:55

Leave well alone I'd suggest.

If you purchased the plant from Butterfly World, you were buying it to raise Butterflies I assume ?  Have any of the caterpillars "come out" ?

May be better to start a new thread as this one is relating to growing edible fruit rather than raising Butterflies.  Good luck with yours

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: Today at 14:03

Lucifer is a very definite red - the commonest one is the basic orange.  Looks like that is what you have despite the label

Philodendron xanadu - pot size for this indoor beauty?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:58

Exactly so  LadyCoconut  - nothing wrong with asking but for something like this, you go with what you see/think/feel

If you still feel unsure, perhaps a photo of the whole plant in it's pot may elicit other advice.

Beware Concrete Pavers

Posted: Yesterday at 17:50

I'd agree with DHR.  Dry stacked pavers are one thing - once they come into contact with the ground, the moisture will bring out the lime/mineral content.

At the risk of being awkward, I quite like the look of your pavers.  

As Fidgetbones suggests, a stiff brushing over every so often will remove the worst of it.

Philodendron xanadu - pot size for this indoor beauty?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:05

Some plants prefer to have their roots constricted.  The usual signs which tell you something needs re potting is a general deterioration of the plant, Roots pushing out of the pot ( top or bottom), etc..  If you suspect there is likely to be a problem, best to remedy before your plant suffers.  Leaving it until it looks unhappy means it takes slightly longer to recover when re potted.

Easiest way is to remove it and see if it is really rootbound and therefore little room for the potting medium.  If the pot is full of roots, then a size bigger should see it right.

Only you can tell I'm afraid

is this unusual?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:55

I have the same thing with my Chabaud carnations - 1 half of the flower is the usual red and the other half is white.  This particular one was a cutting from the original seed grown about 3 years ago and is the first one which has turned out this bi colour.  Looks a bit odd but the scent is not affected and it is a strong grower.

Zucchini Pollination

Posted: Yesterday at 09:05

Sorry I wasn't clear Mike and no, there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to understand things.  I hadn't meant to infer that so my apologies if that is how it came across.

You can ponder whilst enjoying a nice Courgette Bake

Losing Immature Pumpkins

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 18:42

Not every fruit which starts will necessarily come to fruition.  If you have prepared your site well and the plants are receving enough nutrition and water, they will produce fruit according to their strength.

Expecting every embryo to grow to full size is a bit optimistic I feel.

Zucchini Pollination

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 18:36

IME courgettes will form and grow whilst the flowers appear not to have opened. That is often why the flowers can be used for culinary purposes as they haven't fully opened and become "blown".  

Happens every year and you can either accept it and enjoy your harvest or spend an awfully long time trying to work out the how and why.

Remember too that some flowers can be pollinated if mature but not open.  Bees in particular often go through  the base of the flower to obtain nectar rather than mess about fighting their way through petals. One of the reasons why the ever increasing propensity for double flowers isn't always a good thing for insect pollinators.

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