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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:02

Exactly what Crocus told me Hosta.....they buy in their plants.   I will strive (deviously) to get it in writing though.  

I have to agree with you about Lyn.........she sounds a very nice lady and I'm sure she knows she has great support here.  

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:35

Ha ha Dyers End.  glad to see I'm not the only one 

throwing car keys in the wheelie bin and heading towards the car with the rubbish?  

Firming compost.

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:31

Aym, why?  How do you use perlite?  Not meant as a surface dressing so you shouldn't really see it . (Perhaps confusing with vermiculite aym?)   Best mixed for extra drainage......i use it for seed, cuttings, aeoniums, echevarias and the like.  

However, perlite does make for faster and better early growth ...use it a lot 

for stubborn cuttings much as 70%.....along with fresh hormone gel/powder    can make a big positive difference 

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:20

Ha ha Pansy, I can imagine that .  Spraying paint instead of oil too.....not good.  Shave gel instead of toothpaste! 

Newly Planted Bottle Brush dying

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:50

Bottle brushes are common down here.

first thought, Zachary, was your plant outside or inside the gc when you bought it?  If indoors and you planted it last week I would expect it to be exactly as it is now.  You need to protect the plant by leaving it outside for a few days bringing inside overnight. 

The watering!  Once at planting time but generously.  Certainly not every would "drown".  Unless bare root ....not recommended....transplant shock is unlikely. 

Zachary, a further point....did you check rootball?  If roots were congested the plant would dry out quickly and suffer 

has it been hot or cold there this past week Zachary?  UK conditions are slightly different 

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:39

in my haste this morning I sprayed with shave gel instead of deo.  Cans are much the same.  

Come on folks you must have  this too 


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:33

You can do it now Krissy although some frost is forecast in one or two areas.  In this case cover with fleece overnight 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 06:51

thanks Lyn. More stress you can do without     Been in similar situations and you really do have to fight sometimes. Those that don't or can't lose out  yes, I would certainly fight your corner if I lived nearer  

re Crocus.  I was told by a senior member of their team that certain plants are sourced or supplied via B & Q. Or their supplies come from same supplier B & Q uses.   Many of the big names buy in plants and do not grow them themselves....nothing wrong in this anyway but this is the point I have been challenged on.    If anyone else has heard this please add to this thread.....I would really appreciate it.      No wires crossed at all.  Outspoken I may be but I do not lie.  Crocus gave me this info as a reason for the poor quality of plant supplied. I can evidence the quality of my recent order from them as I took a photo of it when I complained.  Very happy to reproduce it on the forum as well as my emails.  the photo was of their salvia and an equally desirable salvia supplied the following day by a different supplier.  Eventually money back. 

However, I will enquire by email where their plants come from and if they are grown by Crocus.  I will also try to find out with a bone, me    It could be Interesting.  if I secure the info I require I will publish and I hope apologies will come folks 

wet walk to the beach this morning...warm though and bright. Gorse had a wonderful smell though filling the air.  

Have good day everyone esp those not well or caring for sick ones 


Spider mite spider mite does the things a spider might

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:42

Jasmine water, ordinary water is the best solution to mites on conifers. I assume you have susceptible conifers?  Picea Albertiana Conica perhaps? 

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:25

Remember Tiarellas are easily divided and repeat flower during the summer.  After its first flowering lift it and divide it into 2, enrich the planting hole and plant out.  

Imperata and tiarellas enjoy similar conditions 

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