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URGENT orchid suddenly lost all leaves

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 13:13

Moth orchids Phalaenopsis ought not be watered from above. water will pool in the base and rot, hence the leaves fall off.

Watering Phalaenopsis needs to be done only when the roots in the pot are turning silvery. Lift the inner pot out of the cover and look at the roots. If they are green do not water, if they are silvery plunge the pot into rainwater for about ten minutes and then let it drain.

If water does run into the base of the leaf, dry it with a bit of tissue etc.

Is there any good reason why garden fleece is white?

Posted: 22/12/2017 at 09:41

I believe that hort fleece is spun polypropylene which is white when produced and would have to be dyed or treated to make it any other colour or clear.

Using black fleece would deprive plants of light, ( c.f. black plastic to kill off weeds ) and probably risk over heating plants if the sun came out strongly.  Many plants we grow require a fairly uniform temperature range ( c.f. problems with non ventilated greenhouses over heating and stressing plants )

fleece was originally developed for professional growers and its going to be white for a reason.

Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 18/12/2017 at 23:57

I found a small hedgehog wandering around the garden on Sunday. At only 215g weight he spent the night in the front room under a towel with dog food and water.

The local rescue centre took him this lunchtime so fingers crossed.

Best way to lime a potential brassica bed

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 10:03

Just be aware that most lime products are very soluble and so if added to the soil too far ahead of the crop they are likely to be washed away by the rain before being used.

I would manure now and check pH and lime as necessary nearer to planting time.


Posted: 17/12/2017 at 09:57

I very well remember in the early eighties my father and I making the long journey to Wales from our home in Norfolk. It was a bird watching holiday with the goal of seeing Red kites which at that time numbered about 32 pairs.  During the whole week we saw one red kite.

Jump forward to 2017 and As I drive through Norfolk I regularly see Red Kites and Common Buzzards and of course we have Peregrines, breeding on Norwich cathedral, often seen over Norwich.

Vive la difference.


Posted: 06/12/2017 at 23:17

If I put my Christmas sprouts on to boil tonight, will they be safe to eat come the 25th ?

Organic method for Lawn Moss

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 23:00

Using Fairy Dish soap (assuming that it even works) could hardly be thought of as organic.

Moss is usually a result of poor drainage, or shade or mowing to short.

So, scarify, spike, add sharp sand and don't mow too low.

Potting bench opinions...

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 20:31

My ideal is...

The right height...

Big enough to mix up all the potting medium I am going to need for the given job.

My reality is that I often pot up sitting on the floor with a washing up bowl.

Creosoted fence posts

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 19:53

Creosote is described as very toxic to aquatic organisms and likely to cause long term damage to aquatic environments.

If I were you I would contact the Environment Agency.

Tulip bulbs

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 00:42

I too would recommend white triumphator.

I originally planted purissima, but I find that although they flower reliably year on year and the flowers last well, I don't much like the way they open right out flat like a plate. not very tulip like.

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cuttings from wallflowers

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