Zoomer44


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flowers failing to open

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 22:01

I'm with KEF on this 

You can also self pollinate courgette's to encourage the female flower to reproduce. I've been seeing if the bee's will do it this year but sometimes mother nature needs a helping hand. If you take a male flower and dip it into the female flower the pollen is transferred and once pollinated the female will then grow. The courgettes which start to go rotten on the end usually haven't been polinated. 

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 21:40

Hi, Rain. Interesting experiment. It's understandable with the watering regime, if they dry out it's likely to set them back.  

I have four new varieties this year, Pegasus - June fruiting, Rhapsody-mid to late, Honeyoye - early and Cambridge Favourite - June. A couple each in two big planters with flowers. They've been watered well and fed weekly after they started to flower.

Pegasus and Rhapsody started fruiting in June, this pot gets most sun and I've had some really big tasty strawberries. Honeyoye hasn't done as well, small strawberries with some going bad and Cambridge Favourite hasn't produced any fruit.They've all produced runners though. 

It would be interesting to see if you got different results with different varieties, some may grow better than others in pots.

cutting buds/flowers

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:16

I'm no expert on growing flowers but like cut flowers. 

Love growing stuff in the garden but work full time, so it's always nice to come downstairs in the morning, rain or shine to see flowers indoors before I go off to work.

Hope you enjoy your indoor flower display....  

Christmas spuds in July....

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:55

No probs. Just hope they don't sell out before I can talk to big brother to share the P&P

Christmas spuds in July....

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:41

 Sounds good until you check out Simply seed who are selling 10 tubers for £2.45. Not a huge selection only Nicola and Maris Peer and I didn't check out P & P but I'd recommend them.

T & M are £9.99 for 20 tubers and only two varieties advertised as Christmas spuds.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:45

Seen one or two ladybirds earlier in the year but none for a couple of month here in the NW. Not many butterflies either. Lots of bee's and spiders though.

I've not had much damage from slugs and snails but they are out there as 1/2 dozen were stuck to the lid of the recycle bin when it was emptied at the weekend and they gather in the lid of the compost bin. 

Let your spuds flower it's a sign they are healthy and doing well, harvest when the foliage starts to die back.   

Christmas spuds in July....

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:33

For those who want to try growing Christmas spuds they can be bought on line now to be delivered mid July for planting out. 

cutting buds/flowers

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:21

Don't know about freesia's but Lilies will open up indoors after being cut and if the waters changed they will keep fresh for up to two weeks.

The lower heads start to drop off foxgloves but the tops take a while to drop, they need to have their water topped up as they're thirsty flowers.

Sweet Pea and gladioli need to be flowering but if I remember from last year, gladioli will continue to flower. Daffs open up after being picked.

Other posters will be able to help with other varieties, I'm sure...

 

black fly and Green fly

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 20:42

Spraying the floor will keep up humidity levels, keeping a watering can full in there will also help with humidity.

Help....Leaf Roll On Potatoes

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 20:05

After the leaves roll up do they go hard and brittle. Are the plants stunted, if so this would indicate leaf roll virus. Did you start off with seed potatoes or were they spuds from the supermarket?

Leaf roll virus is carried by aphids, the plants become stunted and they have a poor crop. There isn't any treatment, using virus free seed spuds will prevent the virus and spraying any aphids on the plants when they appear also prevents it.

The information I've found about Leaf roll virus wouldn't indicate it's spread by the wind but by aphids, so if that's the problem your other plants shouldn't be affected providing you keep them aphid free.

I'm no expert though, other posters may have a different view.     

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