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I have some cyclemen bulbs will they grow now? :)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:23 Nutcutlet says.....nothing to lose.  However, I was looking around a couple of nurseries yesterday and noticed some lovely ones...........the corms at least 4" in diameter and only £4.50.  They were still in growth so seemed an excellent bargain to me

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:18

Same subject but different plant.....i.e. Sweet Peppers.  I recall asking earlier this year if anyone had tried the bull horn variety sold in Sainsbury's and Lidl's as Palermo and whether it would come true as I suspected it would be an F1.  I was told that someone had purchased similar but from Tesco altho they were unsure of the actual variety.  In any event, they said their fruit from saved seed had come true.

I checked out Palermo and it is an F1 saved seeds produced decent Bullhorn peppers but as I was late doing them, few ripened successfully on the plant.  They were certainly edible but I'd say they were not as smooth skinned as the original.

Just out of curiosity, I did check around and found that Palermo F1 seeds are available..........can't recall offhand who was selling them.  As Italophile says, there are several Green tom varieties available.  I don't know how popular they are in the UK but certainly when I lived in S. Europe, they were often preferred to the more familiar red toms.


citrus plants

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:43

A certain amount of leaf drop is normal for citrus in UK at this time of year.  Inside is really too dry for them I find.  Best thing is a sheltered spot in the garden and protect the pot in really cold temps as well as protecting the top growth.  They will probably look tatty come Spring but that's easy enough to sort out.  Cornwall should be safe enough......mine stay out in Somerset ( tho they are about 25 years old).

First greenhouse - advice?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:58

The advice given by Flowering Rose is ideal in theory........practice (if you are a busy gardener) is somewhat different...........there are plenty of good books on the best way to use a greenhouse.  Think about what you are using it for.......propagating, over wintering, filling it with flowering plants, growing veg/salad  etc ?  It is entirely up to you but just remember to enjoy it

Blocking draughts is not always a good need ventilation whatever you are growing otherwise you risk encouraging problems.  Disinfectant is fine when you come to the annual clean up..........not necessary with a new G/H unless you have an identifiable problem.

Rhus Typhina

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:41 most circumstances, the tree will only throw up suckers when it is cut down, damaged or otherwise too drastically pruned.  Planting it with a plastic sheet will do little good.

They are beautiful trees but in the average domestic situation, they can be a disaster waiting to happen..........maybe not for you in the short term but possibly later on....either for you or whoever takes your garden on in later years.

There are a number of equally attractive trees which you could consider.......just as much pleasure but far less angst

grape vines

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:57

Yes and I have had success in Spring and early summer.  You can also do them when you prune your vine when the leaves have the next week or two depending where you are.

Best Plant to cover a drain cover

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:53

I can't recall the thread but it could have been related to the sink garden one ?

Sempervivum ( House Leeks ) would only require the shallowest of containers and a minimum of soil making it easy to move should the occasion arise.  There are so many different varieties with varying textures and colours that it would make the ideal cover.

Tomatoes Indoors for next year

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:20

I'd agree with Bob.  If the chilli has finished fruiting, you could cut it back whilst the weather is still reasonable and it should start to leaf again.  Then it will be a matter of sufficient light and judicious watering to keep it going over winter.  Worth a try and nothing to lose

Best Plant to cover a drain cover

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:14

 Sounds like the weary voice of experience there Steve.

Trachycarpus Fortunei in Container

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:10

You could risk your plant being waterlogged by letting it stand continuously in a saucer of water.......particularly during periods of prolonged rain during autumn/winter when the plant is not doing much in the way of growth and needs little water.  You also risk the problem of freezing if the winter is very cold.

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