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  • in reply to: New swan plants from garden centre Remuera Auckland #49525

    hshingles
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    was it Palmers or Kings , maybe a private garden Centre
    Heather


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    Katrina
    If the pods had not opened on their own check if the seeds have gone brown if not they prob will not grow

    pick them too soon and they are not viable The seed seems to dry out if kept to long , get some seed boxes eg ice cream containers use a seed raising mix or potting mix, put the containers somewhere safe and you need to keep them a bit moist . I find the seed from the plants that fall naturally take a year to germinate. If you can get your plants established before winter, they seem to survive and make a comeback when the weather warms up
    Heather –

    in reply to: Getting prepared for next season. #41882

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    keriboi
    as soon as the pods burst collect the seed, pick them too soon and they are not viable The seed seems to dry out if kept to long , get some seed boxes eg ice cream containers use a seed raising mix or potting mix, put the containers somewhere safe and you need to keep them a bit moist . I find the seed from the plants that fall naturally take a year to germinate. If you can get your plants established before winter, they seem to survive and make a comeback when the weather warms up
    Heather

    in reply to: dwarf buddleia availability #40177

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    This is the banned one

    http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/General/weed-of-the-month-buddleia-000410.pdf

    The smallest growing is the white one http://www.liddlewonder.co.nz/schemedetail.php?plantid=720
    hard to find now

    most of the shrubs are 2-3 metres , but can be trimmed quite hard to be kept in control
    They pop up on Trade Me from time to time
    The confusion over the banned ones is why the Garden Centres don’t carry many

    Heather

    in reply to: Help! How do I get swan plants through the winter? #38562

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    My mum lives in Te Atatu peninsular and has fairly harsh winters. Very exposed and several frosts.
    Her plants look terrible at the end of winter, they seem to bounce back as soon as the ground warms up.
    If you mulch the base and they get too wet , I think that would cause root rot etc. , as the moisture will be kept in . Maybe some potash will help harden the plants up and strengthen them for the winter, as they do for roses in the south island.

    in reply to: Funny :) #38445

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    yes doing the rounds, very cute
    Heather

    in reply to: urgent feeding #37747

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    Where abouts do you live , there may be some one in your area that can help out
    Heather

    in reply to: Swan plants – school health and safety #36905

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    as Norm says , a small barricade in front of plants is what a few Kindys do.

    Does the school have Kowhai trees, spathiphyllum house plants in the school if so they are toxic too.

    Heather

    in reply to: Nectar plants – NZ Gardener #36661

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    Re Dianthus, Sweet William is the perennial one.

    Dianthus barbatus has a multi flowered head and takes up to , 2 years to flower

    the single flower dianthus we used to call Wee willie
    and is the common one in garden centres already in flower.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus

    Heather

    in reply to: yellow oleander aphids on swan plants Hawkes Bay #36100

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    We are getting several requests for getting rid of aphids on Swan plants early this year.

    We recommend squishing them off and hosing remainder, to clean leaves. Hope this doesn’t mean an extremely bad year for aphids

    in reply to: What's your recommended plant or plants? #35889

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    (Eupatorium sordidum) I tried to grow this years ago dug it up from the Waitaks brought it home , wouldn’t grow, so not sure why it is a weed ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: Showa Gloves by Lynn River – free #35565

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    Heather

    in reply to: Puriri trees #35349

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    I have a Chaste tree, ๐Ÿ™‚ I will try some cuttings now.
    Heather

    in reply to: Seeds of Snail Vine. #35136

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    http://www.liddlewonder.co.nz/zones.php

    A hardiness zone for NZ

    in reply to: To transplant a poinsettia #34913

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    first thing to remember, is the plant is poisonous, so wash your hands keep hands away from your eyes, mouth etc.
    They need a sheltered corner to be warm in the winter.
    The one around the corner from me is against a stone wall, it will absorb the heat/sun of the day and the warmth will be there at night

    Dig as much of the rootball out as you can , prune, a pity as they are in flower now.It will bleed all over the place, so prune it when you get home.
    maybe leave the prunning as it s only a metre high but if it starts to wilt prune.

    A sunny day would be best and hope it shifts ok.

    in reply to: Pride of Barbados, nectar plant #34881

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    I see you were at Wharepuke Robin Booth will know if the plant is in NZ he may have one ?

    Heather…again

    in reply to: Pride of Barbados, nectar plant #34880

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    it is not in Russell Fransham catalogue , but if you email him he will know
    Heather

    in reply to: flowers but no swans #34433

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    How old are the plants, ifย theyย are new seasons, maybe that is why. My mums new crops haven’t flowered yet but I will keep an eye on them and observe . I have seen a few withered pods on older plants but not really taken much notice.

    Heather

    in reply to: Sprayed plants warning (christchurch) #32157

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    Strik are a good Nursery, I will get the address for you Jacqui

    I am sure if you get in touch with them they will come to the party, he died in the last year or two and his wife is a lovely person

    Heather

    in reply to: New look forum & website #31928

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    very impressive

     

    in reply to: Is it just mine or yours too? #31531

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    Gary says have you cleared your browser cache ?

    in reply to: Snails #30741

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    Quash , is your friend snail/slug bait made from iron EDTA complex.
    More expensive but very low toxicity to animals, birds and people.

    A couple of teaspoon of vinegar to a litre of water, sprayed around will fizz them up too

    in reply to: hundreds of baby snails eating my giant swan plants! #30613

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    any insect spray will shift them. Try half teaspoon of vinegar to 1 litre of water. snail bait around the base of the plants will help to stop them climbing up the plant and ringbarking them.

    Quash is the friendly one to use, more expensive, but better for the environment .

    in reply to: Survey: Kiwi, Kauri or Kahukura? #30604

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    red cloak , red butterfly

    makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: Survey: Kiwi, Kauri or Kahukura? #30599

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    Kiwi, a unique bird , we can replace the Kauri with the Australian ones

    Too hard to decide really not sure what the third one is, google gives me a red cloak ?

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