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RE: Palm ID and care tips (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: unautre on 08.01.2006 at 09:47 am in Palms & Cycads Forum

Majesty palm, extremely common in chain stores as indoor foliage, often 2 - 5 palms in one container.

http://www.floridagardener.com/palms/majestypalm.htm

http://mgonline.com/majestypalm.html

http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Arecaceae/Ravenea_rivularis.html

http://www.plant-care.com/blog/16/majesty-palm-indoor-plant-or-not/

If you want it do stay deep green (it was probably grown under shade screen in FL), keep it out of bright sun. Majesty will lighten to light green, almost green/yellow, when in full sun when young, plus brown tips.

Slip it out of the pot and check it for being root bound. It very probably is. Then up-pot to a container 3x the volume of the original, using a well-draining, rich soil mix, trying not to disturb the roots. Majesty's don't like root disturbances, breakage, cutting.

When warm, keep them continually moist, they're thirsty.

They can do well as indoor plants in the cool months, and would benefit from some hours of southern window or grow lighting.

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clipped on: 08.01.2006 at 06:31 pm    last updated on: 08.01.2006 at 06:31 pm

RE: Sandy potting soil for gerber daisies (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: iDixieRose on 06.24.2005 at 09:34 am in Growing from Seed Forum

I've had my share of frustrations with growing gerbera daisies over the past 5 years. Here's what they seem to like in my garden:

Morning sun.
Rich soil with excellent drainage.
Don't let them go dry.
Fertilize them once a month.
Remove the older leaves as new growth emerges.

In our Zone 8b climate, gerberas are perennial. Afternoon sun is the kiss of death, especially in the summer.

Here's how I prepare a spot in the ground for gerbs : Loosen the natural soil and remove about a third of it, then add equal parts composted pine bark and Pro-Mix potting soil (a mix of peat and perlite). Add 2 cups of an organic fertilizer such as Rose Tone or Mills Magic Mix. Add 2 cups Black Hen manure. Mix the amendments into the native soil and build up the level of the bed by about 3 inches.

Plant the gerbs and water them every other day for the first week. After that, you may be able to get away with watering them every 2-3 days.

Deadhead them and as new growth emerges, remove a few of the lower leaves. Deadhead old blooms.

You can let a few blooms go to seed. Let the spent bloom mature on the plant before harvesting the seeds. I've heard they are best used within a month or two. I sow them in a flat of potting soil and keep them at 65-70 degrees. They germinate in 10-14 days. Watch the babies. Don't let them dry out, but don't over water. When the babies are an inch high and have a few leaves, transplant to 3" pots. Grow them on up in bright light and plant them in your garden when they are about 3-4" high.

Also, sometimes gerbs wilt and die for no apparent reason. Maybe they get a disease. Sometimes a couple of plants die while others in the same bed look healthy.

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clipped on: 07.27.2006 at 12:02 pm    last updated on: 07.27.2006 at 12:03 pm

RE: FIRE !!!!!! Ants that is.......... (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: SIXCATS on 06.12.2005 at 09:04 am in Southern Gardening Forum

I was told by an old farmer to sprinkle plain ground corn meal on the mounds, that the ants would give it to the queen (and themselves) and that they would explode after they ate it! I tried it, and voila!! it really did work!!!
I even tried the kind that was a corn muffin mix, and IT worked too!! Good luck!

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clipped on: 07.05.2006 at 01:33 pm    last updated on: 07.05.2006 at 01:39 pm

RE: FIRE !!!!!! Ants that is.......... (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: countymounty on 06.26.2005 at 07:32 pm in Southern Gardening Forum

Planet Natural has a product called "Ascend" that contains Abamectin which is supposed to sterilize the queen. I have used it with excellent success. Takes about a week or two for the mound to totally go away but once it does it is gone for good. In the past with other tratments it seemed like the ants would die (or move away) but within about a month another colony had repopulated the old mound. Has not happened yet with Ascend.

Another suggestion for an organic option is to spread dried molasses flakes. It works to increase the micro organisms in the soil and make things less steril. I have just sarted this approach this summer so I don't know what to tell you yet.

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clipped on: 07.05.2006 at 01:32 pm    last updated on: 07.05.2006 at 01:32 pm