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    Pansies for spring - autumn and autumn to spring flowering

    In your relatively cool maritime climate you might be able to grow the same Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) year-round and even have them last for more than a year, though they are bred and treated as annuals nowadays. Also try Bedding Violas (Viola x williamsiana), the flowers are smaller, but...
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    Yucca, Aloe or Agave Tree??

    I should add that I do grow one Pandanus myself. It is a variegated form that might stay somewhat smaller. It is usually sold as Pandanus baptistii 'Variegata', but the name P. utilis 'Variegata' may be more correct. I keep it outside Spring through Fall and place it in a sunny window during the...
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    Tea Roses

    Since the thread title is just 'Tea Roses', I'll post about a few of the original Old Tea Roses brought over from China. Such as Rosa x 'Hume's Blush' which arrived in England in 1810. ...and Rosa x 'Park's Yellow' in 1824. Are these really still the same cultivars more or less 200 years...
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    Miracle Grow Potting Mix is it hard to get one type in Your area

    Do you find African Violet Mix necessary? I've grown numerous African Violets (Streptocarpus Section Saintpaulia, formerly Saintpaulia) in standard potting soil with excellent results. Supposedly the difference is greater porosity and an acidic pH reading, but almost all potting soils is...
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    Music

    Tod's Wild Ride
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    Anyone know the type of cactus? Or maybe epiphyllum cactus not sure!!?!

    This is a hybrid Jungle Cactus of some sort. It will be good to see them bloom, maybe next Spring. These hybrids are often called 'Epiphyllum Hybrids', but they are usually inter-generic crosses involving Disocactus, Epiphyllum, Hylocereus, and Selenicereus. Furthermore, cactus taxonomy still...
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    Expired potting soil

    Greetings, welcome to the Forums. It is possible that the structure of potting soil could eventually breakdown to the point where drainage is impeded. This would usually only happy is the soil was kept poorly drained or excessively compressed for an extended period. This is more likely to...
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    GrapevinesHelp I think I messed up!

    Alright, for best fruit production you will want to give it a hard prune at the end of Winter, after the coldest weather has passed. You will want to choose the sturdiest stem of each vine to be the trunk and prune all the rest away. One trunk is standard but some people do try to keep two...
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    Brown spots on rubber tree

    Greetings, welcome to the Forums. Things like this often happens when a house plants moves into the house. After all its previous residence was a greenhouse (not including any time spent in its retail accommodation). What a Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) wants is regular water, good drainage...
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    My Cattleyas first bloom!!

    No, I agree, don't pass up a delightful plant just because it is nameless. It can remain a beautiful mystery, or you might even treat it like a riddle to solve. With hybrid orchids though, there are so many similar grex and cultivar names that the search can be futile, but I would look in the...
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    Fern? Its (not sure the scientific word) stems remind me of a fern!

    Yes, indeed, this the Heart-leaved Fern native to India, southern China, southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, Hainan, Taiwan, Philippines and other islands. It does serve very well as an attractive and unsuual houseplant. Its scientific name is Hemionitis cordata, or it may be segregated into its own...
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    Music

    Fortuna cookie.
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    Help with growing artichokes

    Are you going to start seedlings indoors to plant outside in the Spring? This is your best option. plant the seeds six or eight weeks before your Spring planting date and grow them in bright light before transplanting to a full sun location. Choose a cultivar that will reliably bloom the first...
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    Are semi-clear containers good?

    Usually this is fine. The algae that is growing under the plastic is not a pathogenm and there are many other situations where algae and plants will grow together in the same soil. If the look of it concerns you, try painting the pots with another layer of paint. White and other light colors...
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    Are semi-clear containers good?

    Usually this is fine. The algae that is growing under the plastic is not a pathogenm and there are many other situations where algae and plants will grow together in the same soil. If the look of it concerns you, try painting the pots with another layer of paint. White and other light colors...
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