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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:01 am  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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I did repot mine in the next size pot with water retaining gel but I agree an even bigger pot would be better I think.

I used baking soda on my grapes when I had a lot in Luxor which had previously suffered from mildew, and it worked like a charm. I had the biggest crop just as the supermarkets opened and decided to sell seedless grapes. :( The market for the traditional ones disappeared, so I grubbed them all in favour of Okra which sells really well especially if very small.

I have also heard of using milk and baking soda, but haven't tried it and powdery mildew may respond better than the type you have.

Bicarbonate of soda is non toxic and I think worth a try. Makes an interesting Google - we use it on my grandson's feet in the summer too. :lol: ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:26 pm  |  Posted from: Canada
  

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I spray baking soda mixed with water out of a spray bottle I have with a coarse spray onto my zucchini & squash to stop mildew & white powder looking fungus that seems to lurk everywhere here. It totally stops the white stuff but I didn't start spraying it early enough in a late season to make much difference to my plants.

This year I'm trying zucchini & squash again but I'm going to light start spraying even BEFORE I see the white stuff starting on the leaves. Will do that with the begonias too IF I see even a hint of mildew.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:53 am  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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The first time I grew yellow courgettes I thought they had the dreaded mould, but it was just marbling in the colour of the leaves. :lol:

We don't grow any other kind now. The only thing I use normal zucchini/courgettes is for bulking up a stew. It's very strange how the yellow ones taste like sweetcorn, to me at least. Delicious anyway.

Oh must mention yellow beetroot, Mmmmm. ;)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:59 pm  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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The two Amaryllis I chose to take seed from are now opening their pods. Perfect timing as my daughter is coming soon for a short holiday and will take the seeds back and try to grow them in her garden in Ibiza.

I've chosen a place on the edge of a border of Alliums (decorative onions by any other name) They won't be weeded, it's sheltered and irrigated so we might be able to see if they are growing. Worth a try I think.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:16 pm  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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Interesting to see how they go on. :up

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Minerva has sadly met her demise in the trash. Superstar is growing. All the leaves - 6 of them - are growing but they've all got brown blotches and it rather looks somewhat like a leaf would look that is coming into autumn and turning brown. The leaves are definitely not growing quickly so am not sure if that is a good sign of anything or not. With other amaryllis the leaves have shot up like the flower stalk has but this guy is related to Grandad's slow poke and is dottering along. Guess time will tell. Once the weather gets better I'll put him outside and see how it goes.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:06 pm  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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Just thought I'd say that I found, by accident the ideal place for my Amaryllis, which is under the window sill in the bay window facing due south.

They are supported by a long low stool which stops the leaves from flopping. The leaves are broad and a rich dark green 3ft to 4ft tall that make a quite exotic background for the rest of the pot plants. I shall leave them there if possible, just trimming later if need be. I have no intention of cutting them back and can't put them outside as last year's plants were totally consumed by snails and slugs. I'm tempted to repot them, they are in 15cm/6inch pots at the moment, maybe I'll wait until next season.

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I still have Superstar going - kind of, sort of. It has produced 3 totally long light green (albeit in the light) leaves one of which totally broke over in a very wet kind of way. Almost like the leaf had way too much water (but the plant didn't and isn't water logged). The other two leaves are only held up by a branch I shoved in the ground from the garden and then tied in place.

The other side of the top of the bulb still has 2 or 3 very stunted and brown holed leaves sitting and doing nothing.

All in all it is a really odd bulb, not growing particularly well and the actual bulb size has shrunk so I'm not holding that it will actually grow sufficient to make it. Once monsoon season is over (if ever) and the temperatures warm up it'll go outside onto the patio and can grow or languish all summer. Kinda hoping it'll make it as the flowers it produced where gorgeous but have my doubts.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:47 pm  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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I noticed that with Amaryllis if any part is damaged instead of just getting dry and shrivelled, flowers and leaves usually go horribly wet and soggy first. Weird.

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The leaves of my Amaryllis are like that. They're not looking healthy unlike other Amaryllis that send out dark big strapping leaves that shine. These are pale wet looking fall over at random leaves that just exude "I'm not healthy"


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