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greenhouse in winter

I have a raised bed in a small unheated greenhouse. In summer I have tomato plants in it. Last winter I overwintered strawberry plants in it. this year I would like some colour in it for winter. Can you recommend anything? It fits about 10 tomato plants. The greenhouse is not made of glass. henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 01/07/2017

There is information on this at the address: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=364


Begonias not producing flowers

Can you suggest a reason as to why begonias, although covered in lush healthy leaves, are not producing flowers? They are potted since beginning of May! I didn't use fresh compost but, replaced the top few inches and added some Fish-Blood & Bonemeal NPK 5 : 1.3 : 4.2 Would removing some of the leaves encourage flowering? sylvester, , Posted: 07/07/2016

This sounds like over-feeding and over-watering has resulted in a lot of leaves and flowering has been postponed. No more feeding and reduce watering allowing the compost to become a little dry on the surface between waterings.


Leaf drop from orange tree

1.5 metre high Orange tree in container (pit planted Jan. 1999) dropping leaves continuously with no apparent reason/visible damage. Leaves are pliable/healthy and smell of orange if rubbed but they are falling directly from the stem. Kept on enclosed, unheated porch year-round. Used an all-purpose pre-mixed liquid plant food for the first time in early May and the leaf drop started a week or so later. Flushed the container a few times since. Never had this problem before. Has never flowered but I don't mind. Could the roots be burned? Does it need repotting? Should I cut it back? mcd086, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim Posted: 06/07/2016

The feed was too strong and has caused the leaf drop as the roots could not take up water. Flusing with water was the right thing to do and it will probably recover.

  Any idea what this plant is?

Any idea what this plant is?

I bought this plant a few months ago thinking it was a Christmas Cactus however it has only just flowered in the past two weeks. Also the flowers close at night or if the sun doesn't shine they don't actually open. Have you any idea what this plant is? flowerhill, slgorey@yahoo.ie, Co Wexford Posted: 29/04/2016

That is Easter cactus or spring cactus, related to Christmas cactus but not the same plant.


Aloe Vera Barbadenis plant

I would like to know where I can get the Edible Barbadenis Aloe Vera plant, please. Hillsideresidence83, Letterkenny, Co Donegal Posted: 02/08/2015

Aloe vera is available from most garden centres, perhaps not all the time but it is widely available.


Moon Flowers

Have you ever heard of a Moon Flower? Its a flower that comes out when the sun goes down and has a wonderful scent. If you have heard of it or seen it somewhere, could you please let me know where I can souce the plant. Alternatively can you enlighten me on flowers that open after sunset! Grace60, Dunboyne, Co Meath Posted: 16/04/2015

Moon flower is a type of cactus, Cereus, flowers at night and is scented.
It is hard to find, not a standard item. 


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