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how often should i water new seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 21:21

I never have problems watering from the bottom using a good seed compost and adaquate drainage. It only takes a minute or so if you are using a shallow tray. The advantage about bottom watering is that you make sure the water is reaching the roots and that the foliage remains dry. Always make sure that your compost is thoroughly wetted before sowing. There is also less chance of washing the soil away with bottom watering. Even misting can disturb new seedlings. Do not go by the top colour of the compost this is not an indication how wet the mix is. It seems to me you are doing the right thing, if the compost does appear very dry just carry on as you have been doing watering from the bottom.

Frost damaged Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 21:00

I also have quite a lot of ivy and I agree it's a tough plant to kill off, however for the last decade we have experienced very mild winters and it is only recently we have returned to the winters which I remember well as a child (1947,1963 e.g.) Ivy can be frost damaged, usually this is superficial damage affecting the upper growth of the plant. Check for any new growth near the base of the ivy, remove all brown leaves and if you do get new growth protect it from frost, as it will be susceptible to damage. Of course as has been suggested the plant may have been damaged at the base or it maybe diseased. 

Frost damaged Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 19:53

Hi all you can do is to cut off the brown leaves and hope that new growth appears. I wish you luck. If you do get new growth protect it from frost with fleece

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 19:19

I used to use Gardening Direct, but last year I received damaged plants and very late arrivals, so this year I thought that I would try the Canny Gardener. I am now on the third delivery of a £50+ order. I have been impressed by the packaging. The polystyrene box they arrived in was well secured, the plants had not dried out, and had not become dislodged. On the box are details of my next deliveries with the date that they will be despatched. The order came to over £30 so delivery was free. So far I am v.ery happy with this company. I wasn't aware that Mr. Milne was an ex Gardening Direct employee, but other than his spelling mistake on this forum (re the web link) I have no problems with that. In case you are wondering no I am not employeed by the Canny Gardener and these are genuine comments



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