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Mahogany plants

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 17:45

Does anyone know if you can get viable seeds or plants for mahogany trees in the UK? I wonder if they can be grown here? I keep sending off for seeds but as yet I haven't been able to get some that aren't too old

Growing rice in the UK

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 17:42

Arborio rice seems worth a go? Anyone have a good source of information on rice growing? Anywhere we can buy viable seed and have a go? It would be good to experiment, perhaps there are hardier varieties?

Any tips for growing rice?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 17:40

Arborio rice may be worth a shot? Do they grow it in Northern Italy? If so, it's not too different from parts of Wales? I think if you have a South facing greenhouse/mountain/paddyfield it may happen? Are there any instructions for people who live in a warmer country and grow rice anyway? Perhaps there are hardier types? Anyone know of reliable sources of information? There must be somewhere to buy viable seeds? It would be fun to grow some indoors anyway and experiment.

Growing rice in the UK

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:26

I do wonder, considering the rain and slightly warmer weather, if it is possible to grow rice in the UK?  Has anyone tried it?  It would be surreal to see the hills in Wales and the Lake District to be stepped for rice growing. There could certainly be rice fields on the land around York, if it is warm enough? What do you all think?

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:11

My Uncle had rats in his compost bin and our neighbour had rats on their bird feeder. They put down rat poison and unfortunately ended up poisoning their dog. I hope no one here uses rat poison because my cat catches any that appear and I don't want him eating a poisoned one. Since I've had the cat, haven't seen any rats or mice but dead ones, or soon to be dead ones! There are loads of slugs though.

Exotic flowering mystery seeks ID

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 17:59

I confess, it was me but there were a few and this one had dropped off the plant onto the dirt. I didn't think anyone would mind that one? 

Anyway I planted it, this was about 2+ years ago and now it has produced some lovely flowers. It likes being south facing and grows in garden, ashey soil, so a bit of a lucky minimal maintenance plant! Yipee! It does look fab though, so I need a name, a proper latin one, Herbet won't do! Anyone out there know? Thanks x


Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 16:38

Hi inthegarden, I am growing coffee from the Eden project too. I bought them last spring and they have overwintered well. I have them indoors at a east facing window with my orchids. In the summer they like being mist sprayed like the orchids, seem to like the orchid compost ( I'd run out of any other compost and they needed repotting urgently), with a spot of bog standard compost mixed in at the bottom. They need to be dryer in the winter and they seem to like the orchid fertilizer in drip containers? I have one lot bunched up as arrived and the other lot I spead out into individual plants. They are both doing well. I had some previously and have discovered South facing they don't like, nor being cold and damp in standard compost in winter. Slow release compost pellets are good too. Good luck!

Talkback: How to create an autumn pot display

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 16:22

I grew some last year in pots outside. Had brilliant leaf display last autumn but no flowers and I have yet to see anything this year? I hope they are still there.

Potting shed burglary

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 10:59

Ha, ha! That's sod's law that you have won a free garden security pack, after you have already bought and installed one yourself! At least you can be super secure in your garden now and relax at night. I'm sure that now it is May you have been busy with seeds that are now showing and hopefully all that nasty business is behind you. Well done for continuing and fighting back.Yeah!

Potting shed burglary

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 12:17

   Sadly I have heard this kind of thing from friends too often. One elderly man would have his pedigree chickens pinched from the shed. I gave him a rape alarm that you can get from community police where you can attach the main bit to your shed door frame and the bit you pull out, on a string, to a hook on the door. As long as you remember to rig it up every time you leave, it's a good shed alarm. Every time someone breaks in will then trigger the alarm. It helped the elderly gentleman, who had previously just relied on a padlock.

  Nothing is sacred if it can be sold to someone. I suppose it's up to society as well to refuse to buy " hot gear", and places that buy and sell second hand goods do more thorough checks on the origin of the stock they are buying. The destruction of the rest of the shed's contents was pointless and the insurance companies just rub salt into the wound sometimes. I hope your neighbours help you our rebuilding you retreat and even tracking down, what usually is, the usual suspects.

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Mahogany plants

Growing them in the UK 
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Growing rice in the UK

is this possible? 
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Exotic flowering mystery seeks ID

I pinched a berry from a public conservatory and it grew... 
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