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How to look after Agave Americana Marinata Variegata

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 16:49

Best planted in a JI 3 soil with added grit.  They will survive a bit of frost but not if they are wet........difficult to accomplish over this winter if kept outside as frost followed on quickly from regular downpours  The variegated agaves do tend to be slightly less hardy than the plain.  If you still have them outside in the late Autumn, it is a good idea to lay the pots at an angle so that the rain doesn't sit in the centre  and help towards rotting.

Most of mine are in clay pots for 2 reasons......they are heavy plants once any size and the clay pots help stabilise them.  It also helps to keep them from being overwatered ( should we get enough sun this summer for them to need watering of course  )


Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:36

Clouds Verdun ?  In Cornwall ?  I never thought to see you admit that let alone show a photo 

It's mild enough here but the wind hasn't given up all day

Frost and BBC Weather Forecasts

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:56

I suspect you'll find out within a day or so  Newboy.  Fleece or even a sheet of newspaper is worth putting over the seedlings if cold nights threaten.  It certainly won't do them any harm cold nights or not 

Too late to plant gaffs and tulip bulbs?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:51

That's a nice end to your story Suzie

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:49

We evolve along with our pests and diseases......eradication of human diseases and infections gradually takes place along with our knowledge.  Richer countries have more resources and therefore the ability to keep their populations more healthy.  We then expect more.....such as instant medication......anti biotics for everything and now we are learning that's not such a good idea.

Slugs ?  Perhaps if we had their ability to produce slime, we wouldn't need Sat Navs to get us home.

How to prune a fig tree?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:55

I'd certainly remove the is cutting into the bark and is obviously no longer necessary.

The more you cut back, the more suckers will appear.  If you are happy to be quite brutal, I would suggest you get rid of all the extraneous branches until you are back to the main trunk.  Figs are pretty resilient and provided the rope hasn't killed the trunk, you can then stand back and assess the shape somewhat better.  I imagine it will take you a couple of years to get it back to a reasonable shape.  If you are lucky, it will have been planted in such a way as to contain the roots within a certain area...bricks, stones,or WHY.  Once given the initial prune a gentle feed and watering would not go amiss.  Then it is a matter of following a pruning regime to enable you to bring it back to a manageable and fruiting tree.

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:42

B3.......yes.......toilet paper has more than one use.......I wonder why they don't have a special brand name with a picture of a Spider exiting your bath via this method.  Anything would be better than such a cloying name as "Cushelle" for instance.  I'm pretty sure Koalas don't actually use toilet paper anyway

Plant ID help please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:35


Got ground ivy but not in the seems to prefer the edge of my veg patch.  No self heal I'm pretty sure.

One thing that doesn't seem to thrive in my lawn is plantain....I sometimes get the Greater plantain in one or 2 spots but not the lawn particularly.  I always grew the Ribwort plantain for my tortoises but despite germinating the seeds and introducing the plants into this lawn, they just don't seem to thrive.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 16:24

Crossed posts with B3 and Dove

No wonder no. 1 looked vaguely familiar..........along with dandelion, daisy and clover, that is what my "lawn" consists of

Plant ID help please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 16:20

I'd go with all those id's.  No. 2 looks like sedum spectabile - maybe Autumn Joy ?

No. 1 looks vaguely familiar but then so do lots of plants to me

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