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small packs of grit for rose cuttings?

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 22:47

If you have a local pet shop / smallholder supply shop, then they will sell sharp grit for chicken keepers.

My local store sells it by weight, as much or as little as you like, and cheaper than the garden centres.

What's this tool?

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 23:18

a company called ardinco used to make something back in the dark ages that looked a bit like this.

Not sure if it was a weeder or a seedling trowel. I've not seen anything like it now.

How many holes?

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 23:00

In nursery production, many plants are watered using capillary matting and multiple holes allows for good contact between the compost and matting, The holes set a little higher ( in grooves on the base or slightly up the sides ) allow for drainage to prevent waterlogging.

Also as busy lizzie said, if a hole is blocked ( lets say by a root ) then the drainage of the pot as a whole is not compromised.

Last edited: 01 September 2017 23:01:46

Charlotte Scabbie Potatoes

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 22:39

Are you certain they are Charlotte potatoes?

They look an odd shape and a lot scabbier than I have ever had.

How do I look after indoor miniature roses?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 21:49

my experience of miniature indoor roses is that they are not very strong growers and are better treated as temporary flowering plants rather like a long lasting bunch of flowers. (much like the potted chrysanthemums).

Do not allow them to dry out, remove old leaves as necessary to keep them tidy and enjoy them while you can.

When they finish flowering they could be planted outside, but they don't appear to be very hardy and my only success was with a yellow one.

Can't get rid of Whitefly..... HELP!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 21:37

an organic friend of mine used to claim that only Mexican marigolds deterred whitefly, and another acquaintance uses a hand held vacuum, (dustbuster) to suck the adults out of the air because they fly off when disturbed.

Is this a red spider mite?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 21:23

It appears to be one of the seed weevils, possibly Apion frumentarium, and if so is found on docks.

Root washing

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 23:01

Fairly common practice in the world of bonsai where plants are regularly repotted and root pruned.

I sometimes do it to shrubby material and always if I suspect any pest problems. (vine weevil for example) or gifts from other people where I suspect weed infestations. ( eg ground elder).

My "fragrant roses" have no fragrance

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 19:22

My pilgrim has not yet opened, but last year I found its perfume rather weak and insipid. hoping for better this year.  I think this shows the danger of buying roses 'untested' and in relying on the breeders description.  My wife and I have different noses and smell things differently.

Hosta Identities

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 22:20

There are so many named hostas that I think it would be hard to give accurate identities.

Check out Mickfield Hostas website, they list over 1000 and give photos of the leaves of many of them.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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