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Tacca Chantieri (Bat Flower)

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 16:00

I've purchased some Tacca Chantieri tubers and have planted them into 9" pots using a good quality general purpose compost.

I've also planted some other Tacca Chantieri tubers into 9" pots in good quality purpose compost mixed 50/50 with fine bark.

I did this to see which compost variety works best.

The pots also sit on trays with gravel and water to create a humid atmosphere.

My one question is this.....

  1. How long do you expect it should take before I see any signs of growth?

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:36

The tomatoes inside the poly-tunnel were watered with tomato feed only the once and they were about 30 cm tall by then.

The tomatoes outside were treated in exactly the same way and they're doing just fine and they're from the same seed.

I've just phoned my wife who is at the allotment poly-tunnel now and she says that the few tomato plants left inside have what looks like small grains of white salt on the stems; probably some kind of mite/insect.

I'd love to know what they could be and how to treat it.

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:59

I'll go back later today and have a look at the ones I pulled out to see if there's any obvious spots or insects.

I've been feeding the tomato plants with tomato feed only once a week.

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 00:02

This is my first year with a new poly-tunnel.

I planted loads of tomato seeds (from the same packet) into trays and when they'd grown large enough I transplanted them into small pots inside the poly-tunnel.

When they were large and healthy enough I planted 11 of the tomato plants inside the poly-tunnel and the rest of them outside in a small plot of their own.

The bed inside the poly-tunnel where I planted the tomatoes had a few large bags of compost (bought from a supermarket) dug in to help the soil.

At the same time as planting the tomatoes I also planted sweet peppers between the tomato plants.

The tomato plants outside are doing just fine but 9 of the 11 plants inside the ploy-tunnel have gone yellow and died and the other two are just hanging on a bit longer

The sweet peppers are doing just fine with no problems.

I don't understand what is happening and no one else on our allotments seem to know either.

Maybe you can shed some light on why the tomato plants in the ploy-tunnel have all but died whereas the ones outside are thriving?

Surely if it was something in the soil the sweet peppers would have suffered as well?

Growing under staging in a poly tunnel

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 15:26

Mike, thank you for your response and your suggestion.

I like the idea of using the area for pots; I thought I might try some small lettuce plants as well as I find them more flavourful and due to their size they should grow there just fine (I hope).

Growing under staging in a poly tunnel

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 12:55

We've got a new 8' x 15' poly tunnel with staging all the way down one side.

What would be good to grow under the staging as the light levels there aren't, obviously, as good as elsewhere in the poly tunnel?

Also bearing in mind the height restriction under staging.



Posted: 03/04/2012 at 19:36

I've just bought an electrically heated propagator to germinate some Strelitzia Reginae seeds.

I'm growing the seeds in vermiculite, which I've never used before, hence this post.

I'm very unsure as to how I should know when the vermiculite needs watering and the best method of watering; also how much water to add.

The propagator has matting in the base so should I water this and not the vermiculite?

Any advice/help would really help...

Forcing Rhubarb

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 18:37

Thank you for that information; I couldn't find it anywhere...

Forcing Rhubarb

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 11:40

I have a large rhubarb plant under a compost bin so it's in the dar all of the time.

The stems are growing really well and the leaves are very small and a nice pale green.

Do I keep the plant in the dark all of the time (as I assume they do in commercial setups?) or do I take the compost bin off at some time and allow the plant to get more light and to then grow the large leaves?

Any help/advice would be very welcome.

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