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Orchid problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 13:15

Thanks Trehugger - some of mine are incredibly pot bound and almost pushing themselves out of their pots (plus one has split the pot).  I will wait until they finish and then repot.  I have the orchid bark/compost ready and waiting!

Orchid problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:03

I dont profess to be an expert in orchids by any stretch of the imagination,  I think I have just happened across situations which these orchids prefer light, warmth and care-wise.

I water mine once per week when they are flowering (which is most of the year), along with an orchid feed.  If not flowering, once every two weeks or so without feed.

I stand them in a tray of water for a couple of hours, take them out and leave them to drain before putting them back in pots.  I do occasionally use the orchid leaf spray but thats mainly to clean off any dust.

Once question I do have, if anyone can answer, when can I repot them into bigger pots?  Can I do it whilst they are actively flowering/sending up flower spikes?

MBodd, the roots should look plump and green, some may look dry and brown (in which case cut any of these off that you can get to), but they shoudnt look soft and brown - any ideas anyone?


Alliums companion planting

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:22

I underplanted mine with perennial geraniums in pinks and whites to compliment the purple/mauve alliums which spread as the season went on.

Orchid problems

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:18

Hi MBodd - I have 10 orchids at home.  I have always found that when I trim the stalk once its flowered that it never reflowers from that stalk - mine too die back.  So now I just cut the stalk down once all the flowers have dropped off and give it a feed and water as usual.  Within a couple of weeks a new flower spike starts to grow.  Often the leaves go floppy too - not sure why, however they do keep putting out flower spikes and new leaves so they can't be unhappy! 

At the moment, I have 3 in full flower, 4 with flower spikes and 3 resting!

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:09

I agree, used/depleted compost on the garden (after checking for nasties).

Dahlia - still flowering

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 15:59

My dahia (Twinings after eight or similarly named) went in very late this year and has only just started flowering.  Living in Cornwall I think I will just cut it down and mulch heavily over winter.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 09:32

They look great.  Also love the colour of the pelargonium too.  I love creating and getting plants for free (or reduced) - can't beat it!

My front garden is south facing and gets so hot and dry in the summer.  I've spent this summer repotting sempervivums and succulents into different sized old teracotta pots, topped with gold/cream coloured gravel, ready to make a really nice tiered display under my lounge window next summer (along with the aeoniums) - hope I have enough room to keep them in my potting shed this winter - although they do okay in a sheltered corner of the garden.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 15:51

Thanks - They were looking a bit floppy when I put them back in but hopefully the rain has perked them up a bit - its been too horrible in the evenings to get out into the garden to have a look after work (and still pitch dark when I leave for work).  They should be fine, they're fairly robust I think.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 15:14

Well done!  I have also taken cuttings from a green version of the aeonium (label lost so dont know what variety).  Rotted well so repotted a few weeks ago to get them established before putting them in my nearly new potting shed for winter.  Came home to find that birds had pulled them out so have bunged them back in again - fingers crossed they'll be fine.

Birds also did that with some oriental poppy root cuttings taken a month or so ago.  I may have popped them back in upside down as I cant see any sign of life yet!

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:01

Mine have had a few nibbles this year but seem to be okay, they havent touched the cosmos though!

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