Could someone tell me when the best time to set my mums outside? I have the Daturas and Moonflower vines in the picture window and they love that sunshine coming in, it is warm and I try to keep them watered. As I have told you almost everything I have planted is coming up and I will have no shortage of flowers this summer. I do have a question, my Amaryllis is doing good but it has red on the leaves, is that anything to be concerned about? The other one had red blotch on it and it died, this one seems to be doing alright but the red is all over the leaves. What do you think I should do, and when do you think I can take the leaves off of the rose? I would like to do it this weekend it is going to be in the 60's.
the mums are more hardy and you can probably put them out now. if it should freeze, you can just it should help wake them up and encourage growth. they need the sunlight and day length reaction from being outside.
i'm not sure what the amaryllis leaves problem is if it is all over them. it could just be them dying back. you can hold off on water with the amaryllis since it's done flowering (correct?)
look for the buds on the rose showing signs of waking up.
There ARE buds on the rose now, I uncovered her and asked my hubby to get some more potting soil since the ground has sunk some during the winter. I have a question, I found one of my naked lady bulbs that something had dug up, I replanted it in the back yard beside the tiger lilies, it has greenery and roots, do you think it will keep growing? I put it in the sunshine and I read that they love sunshine, the more the better. I think tomorrow I am going to try to clean the flower bed and find the best place to plant the mums, i don't have a great place to put them in front, which is where I wanted to put them so I can enjoy them, would it be alright just to put them out in the pot? The temps are supposed to be in the 40's and 50's at night and next week the daytime temps are supposed to be in the 60's. I figure if I leave them in the pot I can bring them in when winter gets here and put them in the bedroom again.
the bulb should keep growing. good thing only the leaves are due to grow in spring. usually a bulb can stand losing the first few leaves because there are plenty more waiting inside. keep it watered, but not soggy, since the roots were dug up.
leaving the mum in the pot is a good idea, and will make it easier for you to monitor. it's fine either way.
This is the mystery bush I was trying to identify, I am leaning towards Lilac, my hubby took the picture, I could not get a clear enough one to send to you. These are the buds, and there are two leaves and they are a purple color right now and small, but there are buds all over this plant. So if you can tell by this picture I would be grateful if you would either confirm or deny what I have figured out. Also do Hummingbirds like Lilac (if that is what it is)?
i'm going to agree, that does appear to be a lilac. but you won't know for sure until it flowers, of course. maybe in a week the leaves will be more easy to identify. the buds do look like lilac buds, and i think they can have a purplish red coloring to them when they're young
and about the hummingbirds, i'm not sure. but, you most likely will see butterflies and bees, which are always welcome
thank you coastalzonepush, I would like to see the butterflies but not crazy about the bees, both my hubby and me are allergic to bee stings, hopefully we can sit on the bench far enough away to have the bees not get upset with us sitting there. I love butterflies and actually forgot about having any flowers for them, I am going to plant purple MG's in the flower bed next to the trellis so they can grow up the trellis. Here are two pictures I took today, one is my Tiger Lilies in the back yard and my Naked Lady plant that was dug up.
well, the bees shouldn't be too big of a problem, i don't think there will be tons. bees feed at certain times of the day too. i know it's hard when you're allergic. the lilacs will only be blooming for a certain time, and then they won't bother you.
I went and checked my tiger lilies and they love the sunshine and warm temps, they are growing fast, the Irises are growing fast too. I am not too sure about the Naked Lady plant that I replanted, so far it just looks like it is sitting there. But they love the warmer weather just like everyone does, everyone at work is complanining that the weather is so good and they have to be inside the plant. You better believe I will take pictures when it blooms, I always wanted some lilacs but never had either room or money to get them, but since I have them, they will come up year after year won't they?
I checked the lilacs again and yep, they are lilacs, my hubby and I are keeping an eye on them. He is as anxious as I am(well maybe not as anxious) to see if they will bloom. This rain we are having is helping everything grow better. So when we can get a few pictures that are not blurry from the wind blowing we will post some pics of the leaves. If you zoom on this picture, you can see the leaves on the lower part of the plant really well.
No, I got them about 2 years ago, I did not know what they were so I did not do anything to help them grow better. I thought it was Japanese Privet. So I am glad to finally know what it is. I am going out to see how big the leaves are, we had a lot of storms go through last night and the wind blew a section of the latticework off, thankfully it was not the part with the bird feeders on it. Speaking of bird feeders, I have to refill the seed feeder, they have been hitting it hard. Here is Rosey, she is doing good too. As you can see, she is getting bud eyes, hopefully I will have at least one good bloom before winter.
I went out today and took some pictures of some of my flowers that are growing, the first is my tiger lilies in the backyard, the second is my lilacs and the third but not least is my rose. Even with all this rain, everything is doing ok, going to plant purple Morning Glories as soon as the weather warms up a bit more.
that figures, my hubby got me a bag of all purpose potting soil, I was thinking of transplanting the moonflowers into a bigger pot and they can be by themselves, right now they are in with moonvines. I do think that I have morning glories coming up, I saw a couple of leaves that look like what you are talking about, but as I look closer at them, I have no idea what they are. It will be interesting to watch them grow.
once your night time temperatures stay above 50 or above 55, it should be ok for them to at least be put outside to get used to the environment. remember that immediate exposure to the sun will be harsh on them since they've been cozied up indoors.
that's one of the problems with spring, so many things popping up, so much green, sometimes you don't know weeds from good plants until their true leaves grow out.
if you google "morning glory seedlings" you'll see there are some variations to the basic shape of the leaves.
actually, now i feel like growing some morning glories! haha
Do you think it is too late to start Morning Glories for this summer? I can germinate the seeds since I have a flourescent lamp to put them under, what do you thnk? Is it better to just plant them out in the soil, or start them inside and transplant them?
hm, well it depends on how warm your soil is. did your last average frost date pass yet? you can do the indoor and outdoor to see what germination rates you'll get.
i do think there is still time for you to start some indoors, since outside is still risky. by the time they grow a set of leaves or two, the ground outside will probably be in a more favorable temperature range.
They say that April 15 is the last frost date, but I am not sure, tomorrow is the 15th, but this is Ohio, just because it says that does not mean there won't be cold nights yet. I soaked one Morning Glory seed last night and it has started to sprout in the container with the water! I knicked the pointy end and I think I should put it in a small pot to grow until I am satisfied that the ground is warmer like you said. I think I have a small pot that I can put them in or maybe a plastic bowl that I used for something else, recycle,recycle,recycle! I will take a picture of it when I get it fixed.
that's great, the seeds should sprout leaves by the weekend!
Google Images: winter sowing - you'll love it (if you haven't done it already)
actually, since you do like reusing those plastic containers etc., you can try this: take a clean milk bottle, poke holes in the bottom, cut it in half below the handle but not all the way around, fill the bottom with your soil and seeds. this container can go outside in a sunny sheltered spot. the idea is to have a little greenhouse, and the top of the milk bottle can easily be opened for ventilation & water. this also protects the seedlings. it can even stay out at night, unless you are expecting very cold weather below 35.
it's called winter sowing, but it can still be done now. i did marigolds this way in April (NY) and they were very healthy.
you can also use bowls, and other things with a plastic lid.
there you go! that member wrote great winter sowing articles. that article even has your morning glories! and like the article says, you'll still have to protect them on the coldest night - if they happen anymore but basically, you are starting your warm annuals outdoors.
So, would putting plastic over the top of the pot and put the flourescent lamp close to it? I put the other seeds in the potting soil and watered it good. So now we just wait, patience is hard to come by,especially for me.LOL!!!!! So will be happy to see the sprouts come up.
I may try that, I should be able to find a large ziplock bag somewhere. Thanks for the advice, I left my mums outside tonight, it is supposed to stay in the high 50's. Going to try to put a pot outside with the morning glories in it for awhile tomorrow, it is supposed to be in the 70's.
The pot that I put the MG in was rather large so I put the bag over the top of the pot. I have it beside the pot with the mums. I will take a picture and you can tell me if it is a good idea. Should I put them both where they will get full sun? Do you think the mums will come back? The second picture of the mums alone I am not sure it will. Any advice will be great.
Here is a picture of rosey, as you can tell she survived the winter, can anyone tell me how much taller she will have to get before she blooms? And is she a repeat bloomer? She sure has her protection of thorns and several bud eyes, but the one stem looks kinda dead on the top part of the stem, should I cut it down to where the bud eye is?
I will continue to put the mums outside when it is warm enough, right now we are experiencing a cool snap, it was in the 80's yesterday, today it is supposed to get to 47! Quite a drop, so the mums stay inside today and maybe for a few days until it warms up again, my mg are up and out of the potting soil, but they look funny, I don't remember the others looking this way, I will try to take a picture to show you what I mean.
Would pruning it help it any? I was thinking of repotting it in another pot with the fresh potting soil that my hubby got for me,it has sand, perlite, composted forest products. I have a bigger pot but don't want it if it is not going to help any.
leave the glories, that's just the seed coat. if you try and remove it by hand, you might lose the seedlings altogether. the leaves are still developing and using the nutrients inside the seed.
ok, now we are at a point of confusion! in my previous post, i was referring to your rose with the pruning.
i think your last post is asking about the mums, right?
if it's about the mums - yes go ahead and cut back the old stuff. giving it a new pot and soil won't help if it isn't growing yet. it needs moisture and sun to signal growing season. it should be soon.
if it's about your rose - you can prune the portion you think is dead. it will help the appearance, and perhaps the lower buds will wake up.
It was not the rose it was the mums, thank you for the info on everything, I knew I planted mg before but I forgot how they come up, the weather is getting really cold and it is raining with a mix of snow, so we put a plastic bucket over Rosey so she won't freeze. My hubby had a box over her but when it started to rain, we thought a bucket would be better. As to the mg, you were right, one of them has already shed its seed coat and is a lovely shade of green, the other three have not shed theirs yet. The rose does not need pruning, the neighbor who ran over it with the lawn mower did the pruning for me.LOL! Thanks again coastalzonepush. How far down should I cut back the old stufff?
I just cut a bunch of the mums off, it looks rather pathetic like a kid with a bad haircut!haha! I have it in the entryway, it does not get much heat except what comes in through the curtains we have up, and it is in front of the window, so now we play the waiting game. It is not supposed to get much warmer the next few days so I will keep the bucket on Rosey especially tonight we have freeze warnings out for our area.
I threw my mums away, there was no new growth and everything was brown. I pulled it up and there was not very many roots and what there was tiny and it was dead. So my hubby is going to get me some new ones, hopefully I will be able to get them in the ground early enough to build roots so it will survive the winter . My poinsetta also died, I was moving things around brushed up against the stems and they broke, they were dried out. Oh well, if you measure my sucesses against my failures in the flower growing business, you will see I have had more sucesses than failures! I have a question, how much bigger does my moonvine have to get before it will start blooming? I gave one to a friend of mine and it was one that I had started with all the others and he has a bud on it already! Here is a picture of mine so far, how big does it have to get? I have it in the picture window and it gets all the morning sun.
yes, starting with fresh mums sounds great. getting them in spring is also great. you can even sow some seeds, but they might not be perennial.
don't worry about the poinsettia, they are almost meant to be thrown away with the way the poinsettia market works. even here, after you plant one or so outside, the rest (if you buy any) can just be tossed with the yard waste.
i'm not sure, about your moonvine. the first bud should become visible from the top, as a bud, you'll notice the difference in appearance from the leaves. maybe the one your friend got was just different in nature.
Is coffee grounds good for potted plants? He said he just used water and coffee grounds. Got some from work and jjust would like to know if it would help the ones I got, the one he has is one of the ones that I gave away when I sprouted all of them. He said it was the size of a softball. It bloomed about 4 oclock yesterday, and boy was he surprised!
The neighbor gave me the moonvine that I gave to her, the leaves had fallen off! I watered it good and have it under the flourescent lamp and am going to see if I can save it, the soil was very dry to the touch. So I watered it like I said and am hopeful it will survive. Here is the picture and also I have a question, if I was to go to the neighbor's and got a couple of her morning glories and transplanted them to a pot inside would they grow? I had red ones last year and they did not re-seed I did not take any of the seeds and they all turned brown and dropped to the ground, I might have one or two volunteers coming up but not sure. The ones I have in the window are doing real good and I was going to transplant them to the backyard so they would cover the fence. Do you have any advice on the moonvine? And here is a picture of the morning glories in the window, do you think they will transplant very well?
Do different types of morning glories have a different leaf pattern instead of a heart shape? I got a couple out of the neighbor's yard where she had them and they were morning glories but they had different colors and different shapes of the leaves. I thought all mg's leaves were heart-shaped, I guess I was wrong, I sure hope I did not dig up any trumpet vine seedlings! Here is a front and side view of what I dug up and they were right around where the morning glories were last year.
they can have different leaves. when they are grown, they usually have some variation. i just thought the general shape when they sprout is somewhat heart shaped.
not sure what those new seedlings can be. maybe morning glories. it's too soon for me to be able to tell. they could also be weeds, you never know.
coffee grounds improves soil to make it lighter and better for roots. it improves moisture control in both ways. and it conditions the soil. try adding some to your plants this year and see how they do.
Planted another moonvine seed, and went over and got another seedling from my neighbors, I think it is a seedling from the trumpet vine that is against the fence. I am going to see just how big it will get in a container, it will be interesting if it will bloom in there. If it does, I can control it better and it won't drop seeds all over the place. Wish me luck.
Lol, good luck! The trumpet vines here grow to fast for me. They are near blooming already! I collected seeds in September. Would there be any chance they are still usable? I wish I could avoid this "p" word we all hate!
I have trouble with the 'p' word too,lol! I planted my morning glory seedlings today, and watered them too, one don't look too good, it won't stand up it keeps falling over. Oh, well, the two that were bigger I planted on the inside of the latticework the other two I planted next to the fence behind the Rose of Sharon. I might plant a few more there just in case they don't make it because I read that sometimes mg transplanted don't do so good. I am thinking of putting my moon vine in a bigger pot and putting it next to the fence that the mg are at, that way I will have moon flowers and morning glories in the same place and it would look really neat.
Well, several things have happened since my last post, my hubby and the neighbor tore off all the old latticework on the street side of the boardwalk and put up new and white lattice. So when I plant my mg which are Heavenly Blue, they will look so neat on that white. The morning glory that I said was falling down and would not stand up, I went out today and it was up and having no trouble staying UP. I put the moon vine in a bigger pot and put it next to the morning glories that I planted on the inside of the lattice. I still have this mystery plant, I talked to the neighbor that I dug it up from and she said that the trumpet vine does not spread by seedlings, it spreads by cuttings, so tomorrow I might go and get a cutting from the one in the front yard, so here is a picture of the mystery plant which is growing quite well. I hope it is not something poisonous.
I planted this moon vine yesterday in a bigger pot, do you think it will be alright for it to get rained on? I got it this far, I don't want it to get damaged beyond my control to fix. That is why it is in a pot, I can control it better in a pot than in the ground. I had to bury 3 forks tines up to keep the squirrels from digging in it, they tried this morning, do you think I need more potting soil in the pot or do you think that is enough?
I was out taking pictures and came across these two plants next to my Irises, can someone tell me number one are they poisonous and number two what they are? The second is a pretty purple flower that I also came across, it would be nice to know what it is too.
I have a bud on my rose! I also have my Irises getting their buds too, I took a picture of both to let you see how happy I am. I just hope Rosey can grow the bud into a blossom this year, I am not sure about the mystery plant I know it is not a Lilac because there are no buds and no thorns or anything, it is just a mass of greenery.
see that Teddy, your Rosy repaid you for all the time you spent on her! i'm so happy for you, and i know you'll enjoy your irises again!
now to see if the lilac will bloom. they do bloom around the same time as both roses and those irises, so just keep an eye out.
Ok, I will go out to check on it, my hubby got me a rose for Mother's Day even though I am not a mother technically. I grow plants and I love my birds so maybe I am sorta! Be right back to report about the Lilacs. No blooms yet, but there is a bunch of greenery.
I don't know if it gets cold enough here for lilacs, but we did have a major freeze last winter(8F). I must rush to the vegetable forum to find out about my tomato's possible disease. The leaves are curled and small, the flowers don't seem to produce fruit, the stems are spotted with small brown-black dots(Don't seem to be any insect).
Here are some photos of my favorite plants in the front and back gardens. The first is my society garlic, which has stopped making the weird mutated flowers, the second my Moss Verbena(Purple), and the last 2 are of my Confederate(Star)Jasmine, which smells amazing right now with the recent low winds.The Jasmine lines my pool, so swimming is a must during the blooming season!The light reflections is caused by the sun being almost directly above me while I took the pictures.
I think so, Ill have to check the tag tomorrow. Lol! I kept the tag on the pot it was in, as I keep all my nursery pots for starting young plants in. The roses are Semi-double to Single, grow in bunches of 1-5, smell great, and turn a blushing pink in cooler weather.(that last one im not sure why it happens)
I went out and planted my nice plump Heavenly Blue morning glories, I planted 49 of them in 3 different places, also my hubby went and got some moth balls so the rabbits would not nip off the bud that Rosey has. I also put them in different parts of the Iris bed and on either end of where I planted some of the Morning Glories. It is kind of interesting, the last time I planted Morning Glory seeds it was on Mother's Day, go figure. I think that out of 49 seeds, I should have some come up.
HERE'S MY FIRST iRIS of the season , these were taken two days ago ,it is still blooming
Going to re-try hardy trailing ice plant it did not make it through the winter here , I still don't know if it is hardy here , so at the end of the season I will try keeping one in a pot , probably . Depends on the seeds I get .. if any ..
The names for mine are in a crashed computer , I don't remember this one's name but Conjuration (budded) and Amaryllis are to come. So when the on button and an extracting hard drive are attached to the other computer ,I can return to adding the flowers names ..
Here are two of the first Irises I have that have bloomed and also have a question and a picture of one of Rosey's buds. This one looks like it is going to start opening soon, or am I just hoping too much?
I see what you mean. Here is what I found when I went out this morning. As you can tell there is some color, I sure hope it is the Peace rose, but whatever color it is, I am just so glad it is blooming!
well, you might as well know now, the moonflower vine and the datura that I had in pots got dug up and destroyed by the squirrels, and either something bit or for some reason it fell off before opening all the way was the rose bud. It looks like it just fell off, the other one that I had did the same thing. What would be the reason for that? I still have two moonvines and two daturas in the picture window, can I just keep them in there? I am afraid to put them out in the pots now, I even had moth balls and plastic forks(tines up) in there too.
Danger Alert! Be careful in your gardens and backyards now, there is a nasty plant around called poodle-dog bush, I had never heard of it before but that is what got me, I have it on my ankle again, only on the right one this time, but I am off work until Tuesday. It gives you a rash somewhat like poison ivy but it is more painful and there are bigger blisters. I have contact dermatitis, I went to the dr and get this, she did not know what it was so she sent me to St.Rita's in Lima. The dr in the emergency room figured out what it was and gave me a cream that is Clobetasol Propionate 0.05% and a steroid to take by mouth. I have to put this cream on very sparingly because it so strong and thinly.
I don't know what the plant looks like that I brushed against, I went into the backyard to set the live trap and check on my Tiger Lilies, so sometime between then and now I got it and it hurts and itches like crazy and sometimes it feels like there are ants inside the bandages scurrying around, I know there isn't any but sometimes it feels like it is. I am still leaning towards poison ivy because when I got it before it did the same thing. The cream seems to be softening up the blisters and when I moisten the wrappings it feels good on my foot.
My hubby took these pictures in case it ever happens again, the first one is the whole foot, the second is a close-up of one of the blisters, the cream seems to be making the blisters come open and seep which feels better. If you have a weak stomach I would advise you not to look, it is on my foot and it grosses me out when I take the wrapping off. You can be sure I am NEVER going in the backyard AGAIN!!!!!!!
We hope you get better fast teddy! As far as I know, Palmdale does not get these plants, but thanks for the warning, Ill keep my eyes peeled for anything similar. There are quite a few plants around here(desert shrubs) that cause itching and maybe blisters, but none as bad as your photos show.
Oh, that's not good then. Thanks for bringing that link up moon! I don't think I have seen this yet, but I haven't looked all around the wild areas in the hill across the street. The reports of this plant seem to cluster around the Lancaster-Palmdale area. I hope I dont meet this plant in my yard!
I hope not either, my hubby had some nurse friends of his checking it out and we all agreed it was a very bad case of poison ivy and they suggested that I do exactly what the doctor prescribed plus I am soaking it in tepid water o0nce or maybe twice a day, the good part is some of the blisters are getting softer and going down but it is a very slow process, at least I can still walk.
I went over to the neighbor's house and took pictures of her flowers, they have moved out and left these there, are any of these easy to grow in shade and transplant well? I would rather plant them on pots that way I can move them to where they need to be.
This is my moon vine in the bedroom, I took the pic from the outside of the house, does it look alright to you? I thought about putting Jobe fertilizer stakes in the rose bush and the moon vine pot, would that be a good idea? As you can see, it does not seem to want to twine around anything. I have it in a roasting pan because I could not find anything else big enough to be able to water it from the bottom.
A mystery bush, maybe you guys and gals can identify it for me. Here is a picture of it, and it grows on old wood. One person says Honeysuckle and one says Lilac. Everyone is leaning towards Honeysuckle, maybe you can help me out.
Wish me luck, I took a look at the rose bush and several buds are showing color! I hope they do bloom, they seem awful small, but maybe they will this summer. I read somewhere that human hair will help because of the calcium in it, so I put some of that around it, plus I am hoping the squirrels or rabbits don't bite the buds off before they get a chance to bloom. I planted 3 more Moon vine seeds under the bedroom window, it gets a lot of sun there, got to find something for them to climb on when they start to grow. I have 3 other moon vine plants and they don't seem to want to twine at all. Maybe someone can give me some advice, I would like to plant them outside but the squirrels won't leave them alone, I probably am taking a chance by planting the seeds that I did.
This is what I meant when in my last post I said Rosey had a lot of buds that were showing color. I just finished putting some coffee grounds around her and she bit me!LOL! She has a fantastic protection of thorns and some of them are pretty big! I also put them around the moon vine plant in the bedroom, and will put some in the ones in the picture window too. But I have another picture that I will add here and show you one special bud that is real close to opening up soon.
I planted 3 moon vine seeds and the pesky squirrels keep digging them up so this time I sprinkled cayenne pepper on the top after I replanted them, do you think that will stop them? I have a couple more moon vine seedlings that I would like to plant outdoors but I am afraid that if I do, they will dig them up again. The pepper won't hurt the seeds will they?
If only we didn't have the "p" word lol! Mi ice rug rose is pushing out the second flush of bus. Last flush was wonderful, with most of the little plant covered in flowers. I think it is time to trim my verbena, since it getting leggy.
It may not be a peace rose, but it also could be one. I'm just now entering the world of roses with my iceberg rose, so it's hard to say. I had heard that Tea roses open a certain way, but I don't know if it true.
Here is the first bloom on my hybrid tea rose, I figured out since it is still small the blooms won't be as big until she grows more, but I promised you that your site would get the first bloom picture so here it is! She might not be the color it was supposed to be, but she is healthy and beautiful, got a question, got me some Jobe's fertilizer spikes for beautiful houseplants, would it help the rose to put one with her too?
ok, thanks Bloomfly22, I just planted my moon vine that I had in the bedroom, it had been out in the pot for a few days, and it is cloudy and cool today so I thought I would see what it does. I put coffee grounds in the hole that I dug, put a lot of the miracle-gro potting soil that it was in with it and coffee grounds and cayenne pepper to keep the squirrels from digging it up. Tell what you think about it. The red of course is the cayenne pepper, here is the overall pic. I am hoping it will grow up the lattice and bloom.
Teddie, you can use them, but that breakdown will mostly promote foliage rather than blooms.
N=Nitrogen for healthy lush growth
P=phosphorus for strong healthy roots and stem growth and aids photosynthesis...the plants ability to feed itself.
K=potassium for good disease resistance, cold protection and helps roses survive during droughts.
For bigger stronger blooms, you would need a fertilizer with a low N (nitrogen) number and higher P(phosphorus) and K(potassium) numbers. Those are generally called Bloom Boosters and have numbers like 2-35-28. The more nitrogen the plant gets, the more leaf growth.
Here is the second bloom, the squirrels bit off some of the other buds, and totally shredded them, I decided to let you see the damage they did. I guess I am going to have to try to find something that will fit over the rosebuds to let them grow and still deter the squirrels. Here are some morning glories too, so far they have not dug up the moon vine that I planted yesterday. The third picture is the second bloom.
Teddie, if you want the squirrels to leave your plants alone, feed them. Go to your local Feed store and purchase a bag of cracked corn. It is cheap and squirrels like it. We get it here for about $9 per 25 pound sack. Check out your local WalMart also. Find an area of your yard away from your plants, and either use a feeder or a flat piece of concrete or a small chunk of plywood and place a cupful of corn on it. Hungry squirrels will eat or try to eat just about anything in your garden. Read the link below and it will give you some insight into their behavior
I have two different colors on my rose bush! I have dark pink and red, here is the picture. Here is another bud opening up, it is going to be red too. I really wish it had been the other color, but it is healthy and blooming so I really can't complain.
I got some Hostas from my neighbor, she dug some up and I planted them and watered them good, I also got some Daisys. She said that it might look like it is dead but it will come back next year. Here is a picture of the hostas that she gave me, I put some of them in with the Irises, and also here is the Daisys.
Due to the lack of shady areas around my house, I cannot plant hostas. Most of my plantings are of the Full sun to part sun categories. Ray-wood ashes do not create a lot of shade to to their upright growth.
Bloomfly22, I have the exact opposite of your problem, I have to have shade tolerant flowers, that is why I had my neighbor give me some hostas. Due to the fact that I have trees all around the house, I only have a select few flowers that get a lot of sun, my moon vines for example are in a special place and the others are in the picture window. They don't get a lot of air but I blow on them every once in awhile. I think the moon vine in the window has woke up, it is growing good, I just watered them this morning.
Im planting some morning glory seeds this weekend. Is it too late for them to be started? My Purple Coneflower is beginning to show color, I will have to take a photo or 2 and put them on here. The only real shady spot is in the backyard of my house, where my neighbor's Oleander and Silverdollar Eucalyptus hang over and shade the garden. What makes it even harder to plant in there is sandy soil on the left side, and loamy soil on the right, and it transitions from sand to loam the further right you go as you move from the left to right halves.This year however, my garden is running out of space as the vegetables grow larger, the watermelon vines, and the flowers grow. I can only wish this happened every year lol! Good luck with the hostas and moon vine teddy!
First pic is the mother-in-laws tongue has a baby, and the second is some of my morning glories next to the lattice. They have really popped up with all this rain and sun. I have one last pic and it is the morning glory that is the picture window and it is growing up the window!
My Grandpa Otts did not return from winter sow this year , it was usually hot, dry and July or August before they grew like you would expect
Also there are large white ones that grow on neighbors fences usually late summer before they look good.
Those MG's really soak up that summer sun and weather . Yours is a little smaller than the white ones here , only not all that much .
They tend to do better in bunches here also , and that is often contrary to information ..
I am confused(which happens to me a lot), I thought that moon vines were supposed to vine, mine are acting more like Daturas, they are not vining at all, I just went out and watered the one outside real good, I also thought they were supposed to like it dry, but I have been reading that they like it moist! I watered it really good and I had to make a makeshift moat around it so the water would actually get to the roots, and I watered the one in the house too. I have been watering it from the bottom, but also don't know if that is the best way to water or not. Had to throw the coffee grounds out as I said in the last post, they got mouldy, so don't have any more. Would using miracle-gro mixed in water be a good idea?
Yes, giving your plants a regular feeding, at least monthly, would improve their performance. Things like morning glories and moon vines would benefit from a half strength solution of miracle grow applied every two weeks. Annuals grow fast and use up a lot of nutrients as they have only a short time to grow, bloom and set seed for the next year. feeding them on a regular basis is important to having healthy plants.
I think the usual amount is one scoop to two gallons of water, is that right? Then what I would want to do is make that 1/2 scoop to two gallons of water right? Also I don't know how exactly to take care of the daisies, I don't know what kind they are. Here is a picture of them.
My Tiger Lilies are going to bloom! I have here a picture of the fllower spikes I went into the backyard just a little bit to get these and there was no poison ivy and I did not brush up against any plant, so it is ok. I just am happy I can grow these, I see them every where up here, especially in the ditches and stream banks. So I will post pics when they bloom.
I think this unusual weather has woken my moon vine up that is in the front with the small piece of latticework behind it, it has more leaves, but I have a question, the new leaf does not look anything like the others, why is that? I will try to post the picture.
I have seen similar things with tomatoes and even my indoor pothos. The leaves would grow out different in shape than the rest. From what I have seen, possible causes are diseases and light issues. I could be wrong, but thats what i noticed most prominently.
I got these seeds from a friend, got them in a pot with miracle-grow potting soil and a fluorescent lamp on them, is there anything else I should do to them? They are tiger lily seeds from the lilies you see in the fields and ditches. How wet do I keep them?
This is my first Heavenly Blue morning glory!!! I think I have another one getting ready to bloom, not sure yet. I was kind of worried with the weird weather we have been having, I thought they would not bloom, but here it is!!!
One heart shape leaved MG came up in front ,sunny side of the shrubs.
8or9 days the vine is over 6ft or so "poof :
I weeded last week where it sprouted at and it was not there then , will see what it blooms as .. That's what MG does here .
This is a picture of the Heavenly Blue morning glory bud, they get huge before they bloom. My Moon Vine is getting more leaves on it, here is a couple of pics. The first is the Heavenly Blue morning glory bud, and the second is the moon vine. Do you think that this moon vine seedling is going to bloom, I have been researching it and they said when the nights and days are a equal length they start to really go at it. I hope so.
I don't remember if I posted these two pictures on this page, I have two plants that I have no idea what they are, one is supposed to be a Lilac bush but has no buds, seeds or anything else, the leaves are smooth and waxy looking and it is taller than my head, the other looks like it could be strawberrry but has had no fruit,seeds or anything the leaves are jagged looking and rough. I will try to post two pics of them and maybe you can help me out, if I can't find out what they really are, I will either dig or pull them up and put something there that I can identify. The first two pics are the one that is over my head, one is a single leaf and the other is the whole bush. The third pic is the one I thought was strawberry, but it is spreading all through the Iris bed that is around the iron pole.
This is the moonvine that is in the picture window, as you can see, it is growing quite well, just wondering, does anyone know or can hazard a guess whether I will get a bloom on this plant? I was thinking of putting a half of a wooden dowel rod in the pot and tie a string from it to the nail I have in the top of the window frame and see if it will climb it. What do you think? I would put it outside but I don't know how good it would take off once I transplanted it.
I guess my hubby wants some more Morning Glories next spring, he got me 8 packs, 3 packs of MoonFlowers. One of the Morning Glories is Scarlet O'Hara, if that works out it will be gorgeous with the Heavenly Blue that is already out on the lattice. Of course, the time for planting MG's is over for this year, I have all together 12 packs of Heavenly Blue, 1 pack of Flying Saucers and 1 pack of Scarlet O'Hara and like I said 3 packs of Moon flowers. I am going to be busy next spring I need some information on mums, whether it is better to leave in the pot or still time to put in the ground.
Got another amaryllis bulb this is an Apple Blossom one, I have repotted it and have it under the flourescent lamp, the other one has not sent up any scapes but the leaves are well over 20 inches tall! I also have a question that does not have anything to do with Amaryllis, my hubby got me some calla lilies for Mother's Day and I had them for quite some time, then they did their thing of turning brown and I cut them down to the soil, I don't know how long they have been where they are, but I checked and there is new growth! Should I just leave them alone until January or should I bring them out and repot them? I don't want to rush them, any help would be nice. Here is the pic of the new Amaryllis, how long will it be before it turns green?
It should turn green very soon. I recently picked up another bulb, and the morning after I potted it, it had turned light green. So far it is staying short, no real growth yet. I have lightly watered it. As for the Calla lilies, If they have begun growing, then they are either comfortable with the conditions, or starting early. I would try to see what they do.
The light color is just from the growing leaves not being exposed to sunlight, whether it was in a box or whatever. When the growers ship them to stores, the temperatures usually cause them to sprout like that, just like paperwhites or other bulbs.
Callas like their dormant period and you shouldn't water a lot at all at this time. When they start their growing cycle again, maybe mid/late February, give them more attention.
Costalzone is right about the callas. Callas like a dormant period - my sister starts hers in February, I typically wait to start mine in May.
One thing you may want to do with your callas is after the foliage dies down, is to take your bulbs out of the soil and check your calla bulbs. If you see any bulbs that are rotting or look diseased, then toss them. Put the others into a paper lunch bag for overwintering. I keep mine in the attic by the steps so they are cool, but won't freeze.
A good place to pick up callas is the mercy shelf at Lowes. After they stop flowering in the summer, Lowes will have the pots of bulbs on their mercy shelves for just a couple of $.
I got another amaryllis today, it is supposed to be another Apple Blossom, the other one has opened up and the two blooms look like ears,lol! I only see two and no other scapes. Here is a picture of it and the new bulb that I planted today. Still do not know if it is really an apple blossom or not. Merry Christmas to everyone here on Dave's Garden!
EE - do you carry over your amaryllis? There is a whole forum dedicated to amaryllis. I have collected them over the years and put them out in the summer. They really love to bake in the sun during the summer. Typically the 2nd year, the flower is already in the making - the trick it to get them to flower in the 3rd year. Truth be told, I have 6 or 8 of them that are rather anemic looking that are in my cellar. After all the company has gone and things return to normal around here, I am going to bring them out.
I tried to overwinter the very first one that I got, it did real good until it got bulb mites and I had to toss it. I am going to try to do the same thing that I did with the first one. I will put it in the bedroom for the rest period and then bring it out when the dormancy is done. I thouught this was supposed to be Apple Blossom, it looks more like Susan, but I really don't care, it is beautiful anyway.
Do you guys want to hear something funny? My hubby got me some calla lilies last summer and I enjoyed them until they went dormant and I put them in a dark,cool place to rest, well, I dug them out(or thought I did) replanted them and watered it. I kept waiting for something to pop up and nothing did. I finally realized that I had not gotten the rhizone and I was just watering the dirt,lol! I dug through the soil and found the rhizone in another pot, replanted it and watered it, now we get to see if I can grow them, I have found out that I can grow just about anything else. Got a question, can you grow firespike plants here in Ohio? I am not familiar with them and would like to know if I can or not, I read that the hummingbirds love them.
Callas are not difficult to grow. I think the name 'calla lily' implies a lot of exotic ideas and thus the ideas that they are difficult to grow.
When you lifted your calla bulbs how did they look? Bulbs should be firm to the touch and dry with no wet spots and not squishy or any areas that look moldy. I typically lift mine in the fall and check the bulbs. Healthy bulbs get put into brown paper bags and are stored in a cool dry place until Spring. Unhealthy bulbs get tossed as you do not want to spread any disease.
Callas do need a period of dormancy in order to flower. How long were your bulbs sitting in the pot without the water?
When planting your callas, make sure you have them in a light potting soil with plenty of drainage - I tend mix in some perlite so there is plenty of aeration in the soil and plenty of drainage. Place the pot in a bright sunny area.
I typically wait to plant mine until they can go outside - Mayish. My sister typically brings her's out in February and grows them inside. (we are both in zone 5 although different areas of the country). So, either growing them outside or inside is achievable.
In our zone - I am assuming you are about a 5 or 6, callas will do better in pots. The ground does not warm up fast enough for the callas to flower before it is time to think about lifting them. I am sure there are those that have been able to get theirs to flower in ground, but this is what has worked best for me over the years.
One thing I should caution you on is they do not like to be overwatered - this will rot the bulbs and they do rot easily. I allow mine to dry out before watering.
Let us know how you do with them -
Oh - one other thing - check the mercy shelves at Lowes. You will always find pots full of these bulbs after they have finished flowering on these shelves for a fraction of the cost.
Thank you for your help, I waited at least two months before replanting them, the bulbs were dry and firm no squishy or moldy places at all. They were the same color as your picture, beautiful yellow! I watered them real good and just how many days should I wait until I water again? We have the pellet stove on so that kind of dries out the soil but I have them on the bookcase with the Amaryllis, and the Poinsettas, they are nearest the flourescent lamp and they get constant light from it, I turn it on when I get up and don't turn it off until I go to bed, so it gets a lot of light. I noticed that the Dollar Store up here is gettting their garden stuff out so might go up there and see what they have.
Firespike can probably be grown during the summer, and brought in in a container. The only thing is it can take up a lot of space and it needs a long growing season as it usually flowers at the end of summer and into winter (I saw some blooming the other day). It loves heat.
I'm sure there are people who get them to flower up north. It appears to be carefree here.
Well, when one of my friends said I could grow just about everything, she was not kidding, I got some yellow calla lilies from my hubby and thought maybe I could regrow them. Well made a couple of mistakes but found out before any damage was done. I planted them in the pot too deep, mistake number one, watered them too much, mistake number two. So I dug them up(gently)! And put them where the tops of them were exposed, and found out that they ARE sprouting! Going to try to take a picture and show you the sprouts. Here they are, the sprouts you can see good.
I have another sprout coming up, it is kind of hard to get a picture of, I have not been able to try to find the way of getting real close to a sprout or something without it getting blurry. So here is the sprout, it is a calla lily sprout, it was yellow, so hopefully this one will be too. Maybe someone who knows cameras better than me can sharpen this up for me.
Can someone tell me please why my Peace rose was red and small instead of large and pink? I went out and looked today and if I cut the canes that are growing below the bud union, there won't be much left. It looks like most of the canes are coming from below, would it be a good idea to leave the rose bush the way it is, or cut the canes from below the bud union? Last year the roses were small and red, they were supposed to be large and pink. Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
Could you post a picture of the rose plant? If the flowers were coming from the canes below the graft union, then you are not getting what you want from it. The bush is likely to recover from pruning the root-stock's canes, but it may be best to leave them if there is not a lot on the bud's side
I agree with Bloomfly - it is the root stock that is shooting up canes. Quite often, roses are grafted to root stock.
Do you bury the bud union on your roses during your fall preparation for winter? Doing so should help insure the survival of the area of the plant above the bud union.
You can also buy roses that are on their own roots. You will probably have to go to a place that specializes in roses in order to find them. I like Pickering Nurseries in Canada for my roses and you can buy roses that are on their own root stocks from them.
Looking good! The weather here went from warm 80's to co!d 50's, which is getting too close to my covering limit. I'm a bit worried about my indoor plants with the temperature changes. The new growth on my cymbidium orchid has rotted off, and I am not sure if it will try again. The first picture is the rotted growth, the second is the place it rotted off of. Will it grow again?
The cymbidium should be okay if the rest of it is still green. I have a feeling it would grow from a different pup area. They like to drain very well, and I don't know about your area of California but I saw a video saying that Santa Barbara was the largest cymbidium grower in the country.
Its drier here, but when the warmer temps return I will move it outside. The mix it is in is 3 parts fine bark, 1 part horticultural charcoal, and 1 part perlite. The orchid gets fertilized with miracle grow orchid fertilizer lightly every other watering. For the naked lady bulbs, will they grow out here in my area's desert climate? I've been considering them in my front and back yards.
One of my moonflower sprouts that I am trying to grow indoors, it would make it a lot easier if the temperature at my desk was higher than 68! This rainy and cool weather does not make it easy for moonflowers or anything else that requires sunshine, that is why my flourescent lamp stays on all the time.
I went out yesterday and pruned my Butterfly Bush and my Hostas, I think it was the Hostas, I planted hostas and shasta daisies, although I can't really tell which is which right now, one has a mass of rizhomes and one has a mass of roots. I also cut the rose cane that was growing from below the bud union, I have a cage of sorts that I am going to put over the rose so what ever was chewing on the buds won't do it again this summer. I sure hope this summer the rose does what it is supposed to do, all I know is that it is growing like crazy!
This is one of the craziest things I have tried so far, I just planted some Petunia seeds in a small pot, I just can't wait until it gets warm enough to plant outdoors so am trying a experiment. My hubby got some seed starting soil so I filled up a small pot and sprinkled some seeds on top of it, misted it real good with our sprayer and put some plastic wrap on it to help stay moist. Now its the part I hate most, THE WAITING GAME! Everything else I have tried has grown, so will see how this goes. I have it under the lights that everything else is under, so i hope they grow! Any advice would be appreciated.
Keeping them moist can give difficulty , and if their (starter pots) still solid when you (plant out) , cut some holes in them and make sure they stay entirely covered, over the top of them , if not they dry out extremely fast ,
ETC , My experience ^_^