philippa smith2

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Growing a rose stem

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 17:32

Interesting Cambridgerose.  

Was the stem you managed to root in water an actual stem or was it as I'm assuming the OP means, simply a cut flower ?

You are right about adding sand to the slit trench ( I forgot to mention that  ) but I've never found the rooting hormone worth while for this.

Still, that's the best thing about this forum - real people relating their experiences and what works for them. 

Early ?

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 17:22

Your daffs are definitely early madpenguin but it is quite normal for roses to bloom in November ( or even December).

Growing a rose stem

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 15:14

I'm not sure that you will have much luck in getting a plant from a a flower stem such as you describe.  Apart from anything else, if it was part of a floral tribute for your Grandma's funeral, I imagine it had been cut for some time by the florist.

Normally you would use non flowering stems from the rose to produce a cutting - taken during October/November ( in the UK at least ) and either potted or placed in a slit trench in the garden.  That will then usually produce roots by the Spring.  

Would it be possible for you to find out which Rose it was and perhaps purchase a plant ?

I'm no rose expert but there are several people on this forum who are and perhaps they can suggest something to help you out.

No need to apologise for your English - if you hadn't pointed it out, I don't think anyone would have guessed that English isn't your native language.

Best of luck in obtaining the rose one way or another

Early ?

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 14:57

Lots of things flowering out of season this last couple of years or so due to the weather conditions.

At least you can stand outside and enjoy your Snowdrop without freezing to death

Monkey Puzzle tree on Greek Island

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 17:13

Whilst I can understand your desire to grow different trees, etc. would it not be better to try and stick with what is native to your area - at least to a degree ?

Battling against nature is so often frustrating, time consuming and, in some cases, damaging to the local environment.

You appear to have a fantastic space there - stay with local stuff  perhaps?  Just my opinion

Buddlia snapped by tree surgeon

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 17:06

The common job may well be a railway thug but there are other slightly more well  behaved types.  

All of them attract insects so not a bad shrub all in all

Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 17:02

Not bad going there Dave  

Do you think they'll b expecting Xmas pud ? 

Which grow media works best for hydroponic herbs

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 16:43

Growing via the hydroponic system reduces flavour IMO.  Best avoided if possible

experience with grow box?

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 16:40

If the OP is growing marijuana successfully, he/she will have everything in place to produce a year round crop of Basil too The profit from the weed should be sufficient to purchase several cabinets I would have thought.

The sage will be a bit wishy washy under those conditions I think 

Illegal substance ?  Depends where the OP is based but if in the UK, he/she will give him/herself away by any number of means

Box hedge sempervivens buxus

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 15:56

North Devon ?  If you are coastal, I 'm thinking you may well have a decent window before any really hard frosts so if you really need to, you could do them now

However, October would have been the best time and given our freaky weather conditions these days,  I'd suggest you wait until the Spring - better safe than sorry. 

I'm coastal Somerset and we have had some fairly parky nights here already as well as  a killer wind

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