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Posted: 19/09/2014 at 20:19

Fishy......yes..........but as it is getting later in the year I don't know how well it will root. As yours is a new pond I don't expect you have a blanket weed problem at the moment.

Buy some in April May ( when it appears in the shops ) and your Pond temp is on the rise and just throw it in.

hormone rooting powder

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 20:01

I believe Citric Acid powder is good for Geranium cuttings if you want to use anything.

Hormone Rooting Powder will last for quite a long time if stored correctly.  Why not try some cuttings with the powder and some without ?  See what happens

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:47

Try Watercress Rebecca...........cheaper and edible too (with credit going to FGirl)


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:29

Steep the bruised  Basil leaves in a good Olive Oil and keep warm.  After a couple of weeks or so, taste the oil...........if not strong enough for your taste, strain thru a coffee filter paper, dump the old leaves and go thru the process again.  When you have the correct strength, strain again and use when required.


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:22

FGirl.........that's .another Éclair for you then  I honestly couldn't remember otherwise I would have given you full credit..........many thanks from me anyway

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 17:43 problem.......I was just going off what I could recall off the top of my head so probably the RHS thingy is more up to date.  My computer is far too slow ( and I'm far too thick ) to even consider looking stuff up and adding links and things


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 17:32

Can't remember who suggested Watercress as an aid to reducing Blanket's worked remarkably well for me and I've even been harvesting my own Watercress all summer

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:18 your Gardenia G. jasminoides  syn. florida ( Cape Jasmine, Common Gardenia )......frost tender and therefore generally sold as a House Plant ?

They prefer a shady situation indoors with a humus rich but well draining compost erring on the acid side of neutral. If it is that type, you are lucky to have it survive overwinter in the garden

There has been a fairly recent introduction ( I believe) of a similar plant but supposedly hardy ( sorry I don't know the name offhand ) and which is being sold as a garden shrub. If that one, I'd refer back to the supplier of your plant for further info.  I'd imagine it would probably need the same sort of conditions as above but would apparently tolerate colder conditions.

Hope this is of some help 

Cuttings Advice Please

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:08

I would have thought that Pel. and Lavender need slightly different conditions to Penstemon.  Coleus will usually root happily in a jar of water.

  Sounds like you are in for an interesting winter

what's plants do you have in your greenhouse right now.

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 17:51

Hollyhock......."you don't have to pot on every seed that germinates ". 

They scream loudly when you consign them to the compost bin tho......" but I've got as many roots as that other one AND I'll be a really good plant ".......I can never resist somehow

I'm also about to rescue a sprouting Avocado which has been hidden under my Courgettes.  Don't really know why as I've grown plenty of Avocado in the past.......just the thought of something making an effort........I feel sorry for it

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