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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!

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 16:20

Without saying, sweet peas of course which you already grow.  I also had a cutting patch on the allotment this year with cosmos (easy to grow from seed, bees love them and the last quite well as a cut flower) and dahlias (not the huge ornate ones as not overly keen on them, but the single variety, Bishops children, also grown from seed), also have a lilac which self seeded from somewhere else so I popped it in the corner (also good as a cut flower), a border with wildflower seeds scattered on it (cornflowers, poppies etc).

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 09:08

I have a large collection of vases of different shapes and sized picked up from various places but also use things like jam jars and a small glass olive oil bottle which makes a great vase for a single rose.

Alot of foliage comes from the garden but flowers are mainly from a cutting bed I have put in on the allotment.  My garden is not huge and I like to keep the flowers from there, in situ.

spring onion seeds

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:38

I've also had problems.  I may have sown the first lot a little to early.  Sowed a second lot about 2-3 weeks ago and they are now 2-3 inches high, so doing alot better.  Have also had a problem with beetroot this year.

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