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Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:19
EllieS1982 wrote (see)

Hmmm.  I cut across the stem about three weeks ago now, and all that has happened is that the "stump" end is looking a bit shrivelled.  I wasn't able to replant the leaf end as I didn't have another pot and compost (I did mention that I'm not a gardener!), so now I'm getting a bit worried that I've lost Dragon-Bob altogether.  His stem still seems robust and healthy and I've given it a good feed, but should I be able to see some signs of regrowth by now?


 I've had a Draceana Marginata for  mumbly mumbly years. I chop it down to ground level when it reaches the ceiling and give the offshoots to friends and relatives - or I did but I think they've all got one now. Some years ago after a chop I got 2 branches. I keep it out of full sun, and water it only when the compost is dry. I give it a slow release fertiziler tablet in spring and another early summer. It's even survived the kitten peeing on it.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 00:09

I have several but last year I put one in a hanging basket - following something I heard on GW or GQT about how in eastern countries they're often grown like that, and it keeps the slugs off them. I'm fairly rubbish at hanging baskets. It's too much like planting out bedding plants every year, so this seemed a good solution. It's grown really well. I used one of those baskets with a reservoir in. Thinking of getting another

Bearded Iris

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 22:29

I'd also divide them. They should be divided every three or four years. As Alina has said if they're covered they won't flower - are they in the middle of a border? They really do need to get lots of sun to their rhizomes. I have mine on the edge of a border and they've flowered very well for the last 3 years. I'll be dividing them this year

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 22:13

Well Doris after you said they were slow to grow I went back and looked at the pot. Nearly had to get the magnifying glass out but yes there are 2 very small, but definitely VB seddlings coming through!


Posted: 27/06/2012 at 06:42

I don't trim my leeks either. Last year I harvested the last ones in about November. This year they don't seem to be fattening out as much, but I'm sure they'll catch up, if we ever get more than one day's sun at a time .  

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 06:34

Having a quick look through Gary's ident I think I'd be inclined to cut your losses Mum, dig everything up and start again. You really need to get rid of the weeds first - especially the bindweed. When I first moved in my current house my back garden looked like that - actually there were less plants. My preferred method of gardening is show no soil. I now probably spend an hour a month weeding using this method. The initial hard work pays off in the long run.

The ones which are plants you can pot up and put back in, though the nicotania is an annual so it is unlikley to survive into next year. I imagine the Aquilega is the common form - usually arrived at by planting a named variety and then allowing it to seed. Initially I'd pull those out too. You'll probably not get them all anyway and they are pretty.

Right off to work now. Typical, since the weekend finished the weather's been lovely!



I have my first courgette!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:07

Yes please. Ever the optimist I'll get the recipe in readiness for my crop!

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:04

Thanks both of you, this gives me hope. I'll try the black polythene next year. I do have them self-seeding in the garden, but now it's a case of defeating the failure of the packets!

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 19:13

I know it seeds itself, and it has, but being a tender perennial as an insurance I've tried to grow it from packet seed myself the last 2 years. Not a one germinates- Zilch! Mrs P says in her review that it grows easily, so Mrs P can you give me advice on how you did it please? Or can anyone else who's grown it from a packet?

If I was queen of the world it would be compulsory to grow this plant

My Garlic look more like shallots

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 18:50

I always get a similar thought when I see the roadworks sign that says "Heavy plant crossing"

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