philippa smith2

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Bamboo leaves not developing

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 18:07

Bamboos do appear to prefer shelter from hot drying winds ( we do occasionally get them ) and full sun unless they are planted in nice moist soil.

Also depends on the variety - the broader leaf type will take more sun and wind than the narrow leaf ones and your location too of course.

Potting up theory - why in stages? How does a large pot stress a plant?

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 17:58

Or, to put it another way, do you immediately feel more comfortable in clothes that fit you or hand me downs that you have to grow into ?

Sorry Pete - must be this excess of sun today

Are these allium worth keeping?

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 17:48

I'd guess that it is entirely up to you.  If you have sufficient Alliums and you think the non flowering ones are just taking up space you could use for other things, then dig them up and discard them.  No one other than yourself can really make that decision

House Plant - Sago Palm Yellowing

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 09:14

Thankfully not Pansy - I still remember having sago pudding at school - like eating frogspawn

House Plant - Sago Palm Yellowing

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 08:52

IME, Sago palms tend to throw up a new bunch of fronds once a year.........the previous years yellow and die by which time you should see the beginnings of the new flush coming from the crown.

Mine has been working on this basis for the last 30 years or so and the "babies" seem to follow the same routine.

Palm problem

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:59

Not a problem - immature leaves look like that.  They will green up as they get older.

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummulria)

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 16:07

The golden form is more attractive but as above, it can travel miles if you aren't careful.  It is best used at the pond side - tends to lose heart once in actual water ( at least that is my experience ) but certainly needs keeping an eye on.  In retrospect, there are better plants to be used in this situation but as you already have these plants, Hostafan's advice to proceed with caution is certainly valid.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:59 I hearing correctly ?  You are FRYING bacon ?  In this day and age, you can only grill it surely ?  It's the only PC way

Very naughty of you to be making a bacon sandwich now as I can practically smell it from here and it is making me feel hungry. Bacon, olive oil, JInnes no. 1 ( or are we on 2 or 3 now ? ) in a sandwich - can't get better than that

Dwarf runner beans

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:35

Must admit I've never pinched out my Dwarf beans and I grow several varieties.  Started off in cells, potted on until early May and then planted in ground outside.

Still eating the remainder of the excess I froze last year so heaven knows why I persist in growing too many every year

Butternut squash

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:31

You will only get away with one Squash in a pot the size you mention and even that is debateable if you want the fruit to mature. Hungry, moisture loving plants they are best grown in the ground.  You would require something the size of those black Dalek composters ( turned upside down ) to obtain a decent harvest from a couple of plants.

Actually, you don't say the type of squash you are growing......summer ones or those you wish to store over winter ?  

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