philippa smith2

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Posted: 17/09/2017 at 17:11

I'd agree with the above except to say that it is best to cut off all stems which have flowered this year.

Depends where you are and what conditions you are able to provide as to whether you may be able to raise some cuttings now.

Best way for passionflower to germinate?

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 17:04

The best way to germinate passion flower seeds is to use fresh fruit , scoop out all the seeds with the jelly intact and use a reasonable compost.  Lay the seeds in a pot and just cover lightly with compost.  If you give them a bit of bottom heat, they should germinate within a week or 2.

You will have a little forest - hopefully anyway and let them get beyond their seed leaves before pricking out.


Posted: 17/09/2017 at 16:57

Gridling.......I'll let you off then.........mispronunciation by a 3 year old is fair he/she could could fix a technical problem in a flash tho


Posted: 16/09/2017 at 18:21

Gridling - you could just imagine Kniphofia as Red Hot Poker couldn't you ?  At least that way, you wouldn't be offended by mis pronunciation.

We are all guilty of mis pronunciation, bad grammar, bad spelling, etc., at one time or another - you are not alone in feeling a bit peeved about it.  

Hardly the place to bitch about it tho ( though ) is it ?  

Just a thought......what does Gridling mean ?  Is there such a word  ?  Could you enlighten us ?  If not, a poor choice for a pedant ? 

Photos from Whipsnade Zoo

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 17:48

Pm Dove

Ridge Gourd flowers falling off

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 15:02

Not sure what a Ridge gourd is but here in the UK, gourds, courgettes, cucumbers etc. are more or less at the end of their productive year.

Last edited: 16 September 2017 15:03:03

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 14:47

Well that's alright then PP - priorities and all that

Compost heap delights

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 18:33

But often better flavoured I find.

You may still have time to rescue the seedlings and grow them on sufficiently ( depending on your location) to be able to keep them frost free until next Spring and then start them into growth.

It's very much a matter of whether you have room to do this - ideally, you only require a healthy root system - toms are really perennials and if you can provide the right conditions, you can have an early start next year. It has been known to work - even in the UK

If you have the space, there's nothing to lose by trying is there ?

Garlic in pots

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 17:59

Growing in pots - consider the size of your intended bulb - planted now, you won't be harvesting until next July or August so you need to allow for a good bit of root space.Goes without saying that garlic do better in the ground than in pots but if that's all you have, it;s not impossible.

Check out whether you want hard or soft necked - one stores better than the other.

There are plenty of suppliers - look at them and see what you think.  If you require stronger flavour, avoid the Elephant type - big but not exactly strong.

A bit of research should see you right

Orchid compost

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 17:50

Orchid compost differs somewhat.

What's the constituency of yours ?

Could use it for ferns if you added something perhaps ?

Otherwise mix it with some decent MPC or JInnes and use as a general compost.

All depends on what you have to pot up ?  

Leftovers are leftovers - mix with something else as I frequently do culinary wise - a whole new experience

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