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Re: Yuccas

from eric jolley

check carefully for insects aphids or scale insects wich give off honeydew if this is not the cause certain plants go throgh a process called "guttation" which produces xylem sap this is rich in sugars making it sticky,it's a process that occurs at night normally in the day transpiration takes place the plant drawing up moisture which readily evaporates through the day, at night when transpiration is less pressure builds up from the roots forcing out xylem sap usually near leaf tips and joints.Cutting down the amount of light could slow the problem down other than that wash it off with tepid water or put a disposable cover on the floor during the night.

  • Posted: Tue. 1st November 2016 18:21

Re: Identify these please

from eric jolley

could be evening primrose seed pods, they quite commonly grow on sand dunes

  • Posted: Tue. 1st November 2016 17:53

Re: frost damage

from eric jolley

Hi Marie,I have never managed to overwinter Astelia outside I don't think it's doable,I normally take off shoots and overwintewr them in a cool g/house.

  • Posted: Sun. 26th February 2012 07:21

Re: Re: Re: How. To deal with tall seedlings

from eric jolley

Hi Angela, even though the seedlings are on the window ledge they are being drawn the length of daylight is important days are still relatively short full overhead light is best,I grow seeds throught the winter but supplement the daylight with artificial full spectrum light they get at least 12hrs /day.When you come to transplant the seedlings plant them deeper than you would normally to stop them falling over.

  • Posted: Sun. 26th February 2012 07:12

planting around a tree

from eric jolley

Hi Barry,
silver birch have lots of surface roots so you will always have a problem,I grow brugmansias in very large pots so round the base of the plant it looks rather bare and there is of course the surface root problem if you want to underplant,my solution to this was to grow plants in 5"pots and place them on the bare surface,I have surounded them with fuchsias the bushiness hides the pots,maybe you could try this. eric

  • Posted: Tue. 19th May 2009 12:46

small pool

from eric jolley

Hi Gordon,
you can find them on e-bay but if you have any friends in the chemical industry they usually have them in abundance,

  • Posted: Tue. 10th March 2009 19:45

Small frog pool

from eric jolley

A small frog pool taking limited space can be made from one of those old 45gall plastic drums,clean it out, cut about 18" off the bottom using a jigsaw or hand saw,sink it in the ground put in some rocks and pebbles fill it with rainwater,or you could use one of those plastic mixing containers they sell in the diy stores,afew plants around the edge and it soon takes on a natural look,I had one that was home to frogs for many years.

  • Posted: Tue. 10th March 2009 09:12

brugmansia sanguinea

from eric jolley

Brugmansia Sanguinea is one of the only brugmansias not to have a scent but what it lacks in scent it makes up for in colour,the tri coloured blooms can vary their colour depending on the season.Like the Arborea type it will tolerate light frost as long as it is not prolonged,do not keep it in full sun in the middle of summer temperatures above 71f (22c)inhibits flower developement and cause bud drop.It is ideal for pot culture kept in a cool greenhouse 10-16c through the winter and it will continue to flower.

  • Posted: Fri. 6th March 2009 14:45


from eric jolley

Marissa is quite right they do not like frost infact the min temperature they should be subject to is 10c 50f, depending were you live it could be june before the last frosts

  • Posted: Thu. 5th March 2009 17:01

Brugmansia Arborea

from eric jolley

Hi Marissa,
I can get them into flower in just over a year by starting the seeds off in Sept/Oct and growing them through winter they will then flower around Aug. the following year,a spring sowing and if you could maintain 10c in your greenhouse come winter you could have them flowering Jan/Feb. otherwise if you let them go dormant it would be the following year.
regards eric

  • Posted: Thu. 5th March 2009 12:53