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Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:24

you see? This is what I get !  


Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:23

Oh - great thanx !  Will try again now ????

Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 09:43

btw, I clicked on a 'happy face' icon in above reply - but I see all those ? came up, sorry ...

Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 09:26

mmnnnn, Pansyface - thankyou, I agree with you - I am "furious" that they should mislead customers about watering ! 

Thanks so much for your "in-depth" advice - clearly you are an "understanding soul" - ???? just what I needed.   Ok I wont water them for a month (agree) but I will buy a spray, and give the foliage a spray once a week - and see how that goes. 

Your "kindness appreciated, Thankyou ????

And "Thankyou" too - Gardenmaiden, will use spray. ????

And "Thankyou" aym280 - i will get some orchid food & dissolve a little in the water, once a month......????

"Thankyou" to everyone ????????????


Watering Orchids

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:49


Watering Orchids

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:48

i have been given 2 beautiful  "mini cascade orchids"

- each "planted in moss fibre" in a glass bowl vase.  

Watering instructions say "water thoroughly every 1-2 weeks, allowing excess water to drain away. Do not allow plant to stand in water" - 

but the glass bowls prevent any drainage ???? ? so I darent water them - have had them for 6 days now.

please can a kind soul offer a "clue" on how I should proceed with watering (how often & how much?)  i believe you can over-water orchids - 

"Grateful" ???? Thankyou - 


re--potting rhododendrons

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:50

Thanks Verdun, I will buy John Innes ericaceous compost tomorrow then, & use it "neat".  (as I only have another brand here).  Should I prune roots or not? Should i prune actual plant & how much? . Can I loosen roots a bit or not ? Do I water it very well when transplanted?  It's still very cold in my back garden (front garden like Springtime, back garden still like winter here). Understand about plantIng rhodies not too deeply now. - yr advice v much appreciated - grateful, Thankyou ???? ????

re--potting rhododendrons

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:59

i am in Guildford, Surrey - I have had a rhododendron in a clay pot for 5 years.   It just isnt doing well, & I don't want to lose it, so I want to re-pot it into a larger pot. It hS dark pink flowers when in bloom.

It's 3ft tall x has an approx 3 ft spread.  It only has leaves on the top 12 inches of the branches, & not the "buds" like its sister plant, which is fully leaved & full of buds - but in a larger pot.   

Can somebody please advise me about the re-potting & the soil combination required ie: do I  plant it solely into "ericaceous compost" mixture straighy from the bag?

last year (probably in error) I added ericaceous soil into the top of the pot, helping i thoufht,  to feed it :  so its soil has been touching the plant stem - and I am reading now that rhodies like to sit proud of theif soil. I hope I haven't help kill it !  Oh my!


Tads ????

Unidentifiied Fruit tree in Thailand

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 09:06

hypercharleyfarley - ???? - Thankyou for yr help identifying this fruit.  Whilst yes, it is an "immature" fruit - the skin is not at all citric ?   It's thin like an avocado skin. I have watched utube peeling a pomelo, where skin appears thick & citric.  In Thailand the season for pomelo is August to November they tell me.  

Unidentifiied Fruit tree in Thailand

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 08:41


Can now post a pic of the actual picked fruit, & cut open.  

The skin is not at all citric (my sister in ZAMBIA had suggested it is a Pomelo - (type of gapefuit) but it isn't that.

i too, think the skin looks like avocado - but when cut open, you can see it isn't that either?  No pip! 

When asked, the gardener, who has no English,  said something sounding like "Dai in pet" ???? ??? 



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