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Latest posts by pootler

Hoping this isn't a weed . . . . .

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 21:29

I'm not convinced it is ragwort but if it is I was told to use gloves when pulling it.  If you pull too much by hand, supposedly toxins can get in to your blood stream that can cause liver problems in humans.  Not sure how true that is but better be safe than sorry.

A present for the birds

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:22

Mine have a selection....... Border Terrier fluff, horse tail hair and shed body hair and some stuffing out of an old pillow!

I have seen the crows in the fields busily collecting sheep wool lying on the ground.

New nest?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:03

What a beautiful nest, 10 out of 10 to the parents for their design skills.


Seed germination Rate

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:01

I have gone and had a prod around in the soil.  Some have just started to germinate now nearly a week later. I think I can see a little fuzzy white mould so I guess there must be some damping off going on.  I was reckless.... I confess...... I used a scoop that I didn't wash properly from last season so I think I might have cross infected the soil somehow.


Seed germination Rate

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 16:39

I can't work out what the problem is, I am using a good quality seed compost.  I think the temperature is fine and the seeds are only a couple of months old, I am sowing them at the right time too......


Seed germination Rate

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 08:51

I have sown Cosmos and Night Scented Stock and about 50% have germinated in their trays by a window indoors.  The Dahlias around 90% and Courgette 100%.  I consider the Cosmos and Stock to be easy to germinate but the numbers that have quite low.  Should I expect better germination rates or is this normal?

What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 18:09

Cowslips and bluebells (English not Spanish) I associate them with my favourite times of the year.

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 12:44

Hmm, if only they could talk....    

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 11:49

Thank you all for your feedback.  That's interesting what you say Dove, I tend to leave the old stems on and wait for them to either die back or throw out a new sidestem. The only one I have with two spikes is an old one with a new sideshoot that has also grown a new spike from the base.

Has anyone had an orchid that has thrown out two new baby spikes at the same time?

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:17

I am starting to master the technique of getting orchids to re-flower.  I currently have 6 on my window sill with single young stems at various stages.  Apart from looking for a round of applause from you guys for managing this, I would like to know how/why orchids grow more than one stem.

I have Googled and my understanding is that the phalaenopsis orchid produces one leaf a year. The more leaves, the more stems....  Most of my orchids have around 6 or 7 leaves as they are the cheapy ones from Ikea.   

I would like more than one flowering stem on my orchids, do I just have to be patient and wait for a few more years and they will produce them or is there a technique?

I am currently eyeing up a friends large 4 stemmed orchid as I have a feeling she will throw it out when it has flowered, I shall selflessly offer it a home.....

Discussions started by pootler

Dividing Geranium Phaeum Now?

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Keep it or compost it? Plant ID

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ID for a cute lily type thing

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Last Post: 14/07/2015 at 16:20

Does this make me a garden snob?

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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 21:16

Dividing Geranium Rozanne now

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Last Post: 16/06/2015 at 17:52

Two plant IDs please

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Last Post: 30/04/2015 at 21:31

Plant Id

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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 10:30

Seed germination Rate

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:01

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

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How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

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Last Post: 13/10/2014 at 19:13

Moving Scabiosa Plants

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Moving Scabiosa Plants

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Shrub identification please

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Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 21:54

Globe thistle (echinops bannaticus) sowing seeds now?

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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 18:59

Courgette problem?

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