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Feeding Amarylis

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 13:11

A gardening prog told listeners that we should be feeding Amarylis from when they start to produce a flower stem.  But they didn't say what with!  Should I use a general purpose feed, or would tomato feed be better.  And should this feed be full strength of 1/2 strength?    I have 2 Amarylis producing flower stems.  Thanks Mags

money tree / jade plant

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 18:58

Mine will go outside for summer into cold frame then, and bring it in for next winter. Thanks for all thoughts and lovely photos. Mags 

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 13:01

Welshonion, I know they grow at different rates but on any I've had before, once they start growing leaves then they won't grow a flower! I feel I need to do something to force it!  And yes, I know that if there is no flower in there then nothing I do will help.  .  I'm going to repot it this afternoon just to see. I've also heard that storing them near apples will stop them flowering - may Morrisons where it came from had then too near apples and there is a flower in there somewhere!   Mags   PS my other 2 came from a garden centre.

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:04

Hum........thanks Dove.

I will repot it into almost dry compost and put it in the cool garage.  I know from experience that it is now unlikely to flower if I do nothing, so it's worth trying.  Fingers Crossed!  Mags

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:23

The amaryllis I bought a week before Christmas seems to be producing only leaves - 2 so far.  Is there anything I can do to it to persuade it to flower?      I have 2 more amaryllis bulbs both with lovely strong flower stems growing.  They are all being grown together, in  line of pots, so all getting the same treatment.  Many thanks, Mags


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 14:13

Dove -  What is a PM?  Mags

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 14:10

What worked for me is that I bought a squirrel feeder, attached it to the fence  and filled it with the cheapest peanuts I can find.  The squirrels visit that and leave the bird feeders alone.   Mags

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 13:54

I am in the library 2 or 3 times a week  I know it is paid for in our council tax, but I would pay a personal  annual charge, direct to Staffordshire Library Service to keep the service.  I am currently quite happy to pay a 25 charge for each book  reserve.  As a pensioner with lots of time I get through a lot of books!

As for charity shops: I wonder where    gets books for 10p?  The charity shop where I volunteer charges £1.49 per paperback!   Anyway, you can't request specific titles in a charity shop.    Mags 

unknown grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

I've had another look at images.  That's not it.  The plant I want has a panicle growing up from the base on a stalk.  The acorus calamus shows a flower then a seed head growing out of a leaf.  Mags

unknown grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:35

I think that might be it, nut cutlet.  The plant I am thinking about had dark brown panicles.  I guess this acorus calamus goes brown.   But it is described as having a fragrance of cinnamon, nutmeg and something else spicy which is what I remember. Wikki says it has 'an aphrodisiac scent' - yes- it does!      Thank you very, very much.  Mags

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