Discussion in 'suburban75' started by ringo, Feb 11, 2014.
Thanks campanula, it is indeed a Victoria.
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My plum tree gets sawfly or something every bastard year (caterpillars in plums). How can I stop the little fuckers?
Got on the RHS website and there are a couple of things you can do before bringing out the big guns (apparently deltamethrin is the approved pesticide). The site mentions pheromone traps but I have to say I am very ambivalent about these since they were never designed to be a preventative but only used to warn of the arrival of codling moths etc. Imo, the pheromones actually acts as attractants and possibly cause more problems than they solve...but what was interesting is to do the same trick I actually do for pear midge...which is to break up the soil surrounding the base of the tree and expose the undersurface which will kill off over-wintering larvae. You can do this any time from November (when the first frosts start to hit).
I'll certainly do that, thanks
Can any of urban's green-fingered types help me out?
I have a zz plant - zamioculcas zamiifolia - whose new leaves are turning yellow, then going brown and dying. This is only happening to a couple of new stems (incidentally these are much taller than the rest, with leaves that start higher up and are spaced further apart along the stem); the rest of the plant looks fine, no discoloured leaves or other problems I can see.
I don't think I'm overwatering - it gets watered once or twice a month, and I let the water drain out from the bottom of the pot before replacing it so it's not sat in a dish of water. It sits by a window but gets little to no direct sunlight. I'm planning to move it once it gets colder but I think it's okay for now, and I've read that cold usually causes black leaves. The pot it's in is quite small though, I've been meaning to repot it. Could that be the issue? Or something else entirely?
I've never managed to keep a plant alive this long before so I'll be gutted if it dies now
How to Care for a Zamioculcas Zamiifolia Plant With Yellowing Leaves
Much like cacti, they need less rather than more water. Water theplant only when the soil has dried out. The rare way you can kill this plant is to over water it. A ZZ plant turning yellow means that it is getting too much water and its underground rhizomes may be rotting.19 Feb 2015
ZZ Plant Care Instructions: How To Grow ZZ Plants
Yeah but like I said, I'm pretty certain this isn't overwatering.
Um, well, there would usually be a deafening silence from me (serial houseplant killer) but I asked daughter-in-law - (succulent and orchid queen) and she suggests knocking it out of the pot and having a look at the roots - they are fat tuberous things and fairly robust. Any rotting should be apparent but, she also thought it might even be underwatering and it is going into its 'drought' mode by keeping all available fluid in its stems and dropping leaves...(although I would have expected the older growth to be doing that rather than new shoots). Has it undergone any changes, especially temperature related?
A would agree that it is worth checking out the roots as repotting might be an option.
Seeds! Although I am slightly depressed by my hoarding tendencies. I have boxes of seeds from at least 3 years ago...and, if I didn't get around to sowing them back then, it seems highly unlikely I am going to do it this year either...not least because there are, quite literally, hundreds of little baggies,envelopes, wraps, dog-poo bags, pages from books, even folded shopping receipts, filled with seeds from this year alone, all waiting to be sown. Even while I am getting through them at a fairly rapid clip (I sowed another dozen different species today), I am assailed by the sinking feeling that I am, as usual, storing up a massive headache if even a fraction of them germinate. I am out of control. though, cackling like some horticultural Scrooge over the sheer profligate variety (and amount) of plants to be had (for free). Shamefully, having sown far too many, I stuff them in the ground at the earliest opportunity where, all too often, it is out of sight, out of mind. I am fairly sure there is some political analogy to be garnered here from this insane seed greed...and fear it is not my fondly imagined green socialism but a horrid capitalist accumulation and domination.
I am more than happy to send some of this potential Urbwards. Too many to list but hey, what would you like?
Those links also suggest checking roots for rot and repotting.
With the anemone forest cut down to foliage level, my brug is revealed in all of its monstrous size.
I suspect callers find it a little intimidating
I put my third pair of hanging baskets on top of the porch for now - with a hefty safety wire in case of hurricanes.
Better late than never
I hope the wind doesn't keep the fragrance from my bedroom above ...
Picked up two donkeys tails for £18 at the flower market this morning.
Just have to wait for my macrame hanging basket holders to come from China.
For my shame, I have been torturing a small collection of succulents - this weekend is the last chance to save them.
Borderline frost threat for Monday a.m. hopefully it won't damage my brug.
It looks like there's a possibility of a frost first thing in the morning on Monday here too. I still haven't got around to taking cuttings of my Salvia Amistad yet so I ought to get a move on if there's any hope of keeping any over the winter.
It seems like a good autumn for fruits and berries in my garden.
I don't think I've seen such large fruits on this fuchsia before.
I've just looked them up and they're wine! Have any of you ever done that? I have two enormous fuchsia with loads of berries.
They are edible...in fact, I seem to recall a fuchsia being bred specifically for prolific fruiting with a high sugar content. Have a nibble when they are ripe (dark plummy black).
Is it too late to plant spring flowering bulbs now? I've had a notion that I would be prepared to empty all of my balcony rail boxes and plant them with a bulb lasagne. There's only six inches to plant in (with two uncles at the bottom for drainage etc) so I'm thinking snowdrops, crocus, tulips and small alliums. Is that ambitious and should I wait to plant it all up or try to do it this weekend. Haven't actually bought the bulbs yet...
Nope, I have planted Tulips the week before Xmas and they come up just fine. At the very worst, narcissus might not have enough time to put out a decent root structure so have a possibility of coming up blind...but as long as the bulbs are healthy - plump, not shrivelled and mouldy, you should be OK and will also get the benefit of end of season sales. Just a shout out for the little iris reticulata as perfect February jewels, along with crocus. Snowdrops, though, will be very iffy indeed - they absolutely resent being out of the ground - hard enough to establish from bulbs planted in August/September and almost impossible now...but look out for already planted varieties in pots. Alliums also mostly fine.
Well that was a bit nippy on the old fingers on the way in this morning
It went down to under 5 degrees in my porch.
I really should have brought in the spider plants, but I sort of want to know how tough they are.
South African and minimum temp generally quoted as the standard 7 degrees C conservatory minimum.
I will be keeping an eye on this one from work as the sun comes up
My dahlia is still out there too ...
Very chilly here for an October night. The thermometer in the courtyard says it was down to 1.2°C last night. You mentioning your spider plant has reminded me that my Sansevieria and Monstera are still out there hidden amongst the other plants.
University of Florida, IFAS says 35F for spider plants - 1.6666 C
I ordered five English Yew bare roots trees so I could make them into bonsai for the parents etc Xmas presents. They've arrived about 60cm tall, think they're a bit big. Reckon I'll pot them up for now and prune them into clouds.
Went onto a website to buy smaller ones and ended up buying 10 trees, some for bonsai and some small Japanese holly to train into clouds myself.
Getting a bit obsessed, I've already bought about 30 trees this year
Chaenomeles looking good
I feel sure mine used to flower in the spring
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Well I finally have to admit defeat. It's another nippy start next Monday.
I've switched from stir-fry to veggie stew, I'm switching to long trousers, and I will be bringing in my spider plants before I lose them.
The big brug out the front should be OK until the end of the year unless we have a surprise freeze.
I have a couple of shoots that would make good cuttings, but the giant leaves look too good.
With a bit of luck I will get it under cover early enough to have it sprout from old wood next year.
The ones in the back garden didn't do much this year so they'll be going in the greenhouse.
Odd isn't it. It's a Chaenomeles speciosa Hot Fire = 'Minvesu'. Online info says spring too. I can't remember where I got it, but I've had it since the summer. Seems very happy flowering now.
Can I just pot mine up and leave it in the conservatory all winter? No idea what root cuttings are etc, but will learn if I need to do that.
Root pruning - as in bonsai :
So they can flourish in the same size pot year after year.
If your conservatory is frost-free you have the perfect situation and should be able to build them into nice trees.
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