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leamon and oranges

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:25

If you mean putting the cuttings in pots......then yes.........small pots using free draining compost  ( such as sieved potting compost with added grit or perlite ).  Don't feed until the cuttings are rooted and growing well.  This method has worked for me in the past.  I'd just say take as many cuttings as possible......that way, at least you will have success with some if not all.

White Powder

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:15

DD...........have you tried sniffing it thru a rolled up fiver ?

Could it be Bonemeal ?  Or Blood, Fish and Bone ?  Does it smell at all ? . These 2 are the sort of thing which keen gardeners would perhaps have to hand altho the g/h wouldn't be the best place to store it 

leamon and oranges

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:08

Hello Reda...........easiest way is cuttings......they will come true and mature far more quickly than growing from seed.  Spring or early summer ( preferably with some bottom heat if you can ) and they should root happily


Hidden treasures.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 11:02

Not everyone likes to divulge information about how life has treated them.  There is already an excellent thread for those wanting to share some of their problems and to provide and/or receive support from others.  

If you take the time to read through the various threads, I think you will find that forum members are continually sharing their knowledge and experience with reference to gardening matters.   

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:33

I'd also thought of that Pete but the operative word was "task".....yours is just pure pleasure

Can plants grow back their roots?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:35

Apple..........9" diam sounds rather large for something of 14 or 15".  If your plant hasn't much of a root system now, you want to avoid surrounding it with too much compost.  That way you can tend to overwater and drown what roots you do have.

It's always a bit difficult to explain exactly when you don't have the plant in front of you but........if you ensure that the roots/rootball have sufficient compost around them so they don't actually touch the sides of the pot, that is usually a reasonable guide IMO.

Once the plant starts to make new roots, then is the time to re pot using the same criteria.  I find I'd prefer to re pot rather than overpot if that makes sense ?

Hope this helps and that your Avocado will do well

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:08

If it is celandine you have my sympathy.  One or two.....pretty but my borders are choked with it.  Spreads like wildfire and will overpower many smaller plants.  For me, it is a menace and I don't say that about many plants. I think I'd rather have green snow......that at least would eventually melt rather than spread interminably



Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:54

Mine still have all their top growth on but they are planted in the garden rather than pots.

It may be a good idea to wait for the tops to die back before re potting........or better still wait til Spring.  Depends how desperate you (or they ) are. 

Not having grown them in pots, I could be wrong so best to hold off doing anything until someone else replies

Winter Readings

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:43

Newboy..........quote...."Now what you need......" 

Keeping a garden diary/journal including all your wildlife, etc. also makes interesting and informative reading ( and it is relevant to you and your area/garden)

Can plants grow back their roots?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:37

Just a word of say you replanted into a "big" pot.  Over potting is never a good idea....particularly if your plant has few roots.  Safer to place in a pot which just accommodates the root system and then you can always pot on into something bigger as your plant grows.

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