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by nicebutdim
Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Alocasia Gigantea help please
Replies: 14
Views: 1736

Re: Alocasia Gigantea help please

Funny you should ask this now, as we have been having a discussion on HTUK Facebook about my Alocasia x calidora pics, and Will Giles is trying this method of restarting Alocasia http://bocajoe.blogspot.com/2011/01/eas ... hardy.html No guarantees it will work, but Will is giving it a go. icon_thum...
by nicebutdim
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: getting the soil acid,any suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1117

Re: getting the soil acid,any suggestions

Tom2006 wrote:I think you would need some moisture for a decent reading?...unless I'm mistaken
Yes I had realised that ,the peat in sacks is virtually always damp,the bales though are dry.I tried soaking some from a bale and tested it ,still no acid reading
by nicebutdim
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: getting the soil acid,any suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1117

Re: getting the soil acid,any suggestions

What you gonna grow in this soil? or maybe you wanna acidify soil where plants grow already? Home remedies say that vinegar or bread are good acidifiers, even coke (H3PO4). If you wanna use peat make sure it's pH is low 3-4,5. As for sulphur granulated one is a good way cuz it won't be blown away o...
by nicebutdim
Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: getting the soil acid,any suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1117

Re: getting the soil acid,any suggestions

Tom2006 wrote:peat is quite acidic so maybe added plenty of that...although not very environmentally friendly
I have read about peat before and I got to the stage where I would carry my testing probe around in garden centres sticking it in bales and sacks of peat but I never saw an acidic reading on the probe.
by nicebutdim
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: getting the soil acid,any suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1117

getting the soil acid,any suggestions

I've tried all sorts of remedies but none seem to work.Is there some part of this country that has natural acid soil?The composts sold as being for acid loving plants is at best over 6.5 which is not my idea of acidic.Ir seems impossible to buy true acid soil any where.Oak leaves ,pine needles ,coff...
by nicebutdim
Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Do Roebellinis need much winter light
Replies: 23
Views: 1407

Re: Do Roebellinis need much winter light

Ok, so here are pics of the roebelenii I mentioned ( 2 of them actually). They ain't plastic cuz I touched them and after a closer look I could see the leaves got darker because of the frost. Sorry for poor quality of the pics-taken with me mobile. Could not take any better cuz this nation is so st...
by nicebutdim
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Do Roebellinis need much winter light
Replies: 23
Views: 1407

Re: Do Roebellinis need much winter light

I've kept them indoors in the winter but there is too much stuff in the conservatory now ,something has to be put somewhere else.anywhere but there.It is a very reluctand decision .
by nicebutdim
Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Agave attenuata developed blotchy leaves
Replies: 1
Views: 467

Agave attenuata developed blotchy leaves

Does anyone have any ideas on this problem,it usually happens in winter when the plant comes inside,where it is about 55-60F .I don't water it in the winter at all and maybe this could be the problem.There doesn't seem to be any insects at all.I have attached a pic (Hopefully it works ok)
by nicebutdim
Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wait f
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Re: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wa

If you are keeping the soil temp at 18C you can water regularly as Marcel said. Just allow the top to dry out for a day or so between. They do not require high light, so can grow well over winter. Mine are kept cooler and therefore drier, but my A x calidora has just started a new leaf even though ...
by nicebutdim
Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wait f
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Re: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wa

My odora grows in normal potting soil and is kept rather on a dry side but once a week is put in a bucket of water for a while so it gets a good soak. If you lose yours (touch wood) I'll send you a pup of mine :wink: Thanks for the offer,you're lucky though with the weather in Poland, a nice comfor...
by nicebutdim
Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wait f
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Re: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wa

Never let the leaves droop or go yellow. It's a great shock for the plant and doing it on and on you'll exhaust it. If heating tray's on and soil is so well drained you should simply keep checking it quite often, even daily. Just stick your finger in it and if you feel dryness water it good and pro...
by nicebutdim
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wait f
Replies: 7
Views: 622

What are odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wait f

What are alocasia odora signs, it needs water when indoorsDo I wait for wilting ? or yellowing.I am trying to keep it in leaf through winter as it was very long winded waiting for it to come into leaf in summer,so it's on a heated tray at about 65F hoping to keep it going until spring.Once it goes y...
by nicebutdim
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoors
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoors

redsquirrel wrote:are you referring to Alocasia Tim?
Yes I am refering to alocasia odora,not daphne odora,I should have posted this in the Aroid section.
at the risk of duplicating my question I will post this problem in the proper place.
by nicebutdim
Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: What are odora signs, it needs water when indoors
Replies: 4
Views: 411

What are odora signs, it needs water when indoors

Do I wait for wilting ? or yellowing.I am trying to keep it in leaf through winter as it was very long winded waiting for it to come into leaf in summer,so it's on a heated tray at about 65F hoping to keep it going until spring.Once it goes yellow through dryness I know it won't revert to green agai...
by nicebutdim
Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Do Roebellinis need much winter light
Replies: 23
Views: 1407

Do Roebellinis need much winter light

I am storing two Roebellins in the garage having wrapped them in cloth then bubble wrap as an outer covering,the theory is,the cloth would absorb the moisture and the bubble wrap serve as insulator.The house is full up with plants so there is no alternative but to put them outside or the garage.I ha...