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Growing plants in sterile medium

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:46

Sterile is fine for seed sowing but not for growing plants too well I think.  Vermiculite has issues too...dust for example from it can affect breathing.  

How about an orchid as birthday present?  not too much to do apart from watering?

Cordon Advice

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:39

I grow west to east Gemma but I really don't think its too important.  No doubt someone will say technically why not but I think you will be fine East to west.

I've tried growing veg in different maximise sunlight....but not noticed any difference.  Plants are pretty long as you have chosen your apples/pears to cross pollinate well and if you prune accordingly you will get good crops

When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:30

WillDB, I think cuttings will still take now if your plant is still vibrant.  They really are easy and responsive.  A few taken now and left on a warm windowsill will prob be fine.  

Giant Echium (echium pininana)

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:24

These echiums grow like weeds down here.  15' and more.  Not really a garden plant in its second year.  So Glynn, expect them to grow fast next spring if you don't get too cold there.  And to flower 


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:56

Morning folks.  Nice n sunny so far 


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:37

Swiss sue.  You don't menation what varieties of pennisetum you have.....some are extremely tender......pennesitum rubrum varieties need to be over wintered indoors at a min of 4degrees.

Agree with WillDB,  cut back most grasses in spring.  Here, where it's mild, I can get away with cutting them back in autumn and they are fine.  I also cut back tenuissima hard and divide them In spring.  

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 23:30

I think Japanese anemones, as you describe JIMMY, are a little different to Wild Swan.  The former spread quickly underground and have,,usually, a lot of vigour.  Wild swan for me seems reliably floriferous and robust.  Perhaps different soils or climate or physiological conditions come into the reckoning.  As I said before, plugs don't seem reliable 

When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 23:20

Bizzybee, a cold greenhouse should be fine.  if in a cold area or when you get a very cold spell have some fleece to hand.  Wouldn't put in dark garage though.  

Just about every cutting of Amistad seems to root ....and grow during the winter down, despite my own advice to the contrary, I have potted mine up into 9cm pots.  However just keep on the dry side and in good light.  They will grow aamazingly fast in spring so pot on a few tImes then.  My own produced plants in excess of 7' from last year's cuttings 

Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:24

Envious!  Not much autumn colour in my part of the world.  Too mild I guess.  Have eye catching orange/red  foliage on deciduous azalea though.  Plenty of flowers to compensate 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:12


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