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Rachel's Journal

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Fresh Spring Day

01 May 2010 20:23:57


Despite a trip to Wexford this afternoon, I managed to catch up on a few niggly pieces. And, believe it or not, I didn't drop into Woodies to look for bargain orchids when I was in town!

The main job I did was to re-pot two of my Nepenthes. Spring is the ideal time and I was anxious to re-pot these two because they were still in their original compost (probably pure peat so not the best for drainage) which isn't good. I wanted to re-pot them before the first pitchers opened as it can be very annoying when you accidentally spill dodgy liquid and half digested insects on your kitchen counter!

Finally I am able to do the re-potting as I got my hands on plain orchid bark at the recent Botanic Gardens Orchid Fair. What is sold as orchid compost in Garden Centres is not suitable. Carnivorous plants are very sensitive to poisoning. The mix I use for Nepenthes is 1 part moss peat, 1 part perlite, 1 part orchid bark.

I also potted up some bulbs - 20 Crocus 'Ruby Giant' (thanks, Wayne), my final 10 Acidanthera and 10 Oxalis (my son Sammy's favourite flower  and a Mother's Day gift from my daughter).

I also potted on the Musa rubra (banana) Bill gave me last year. Actually, I find it very hard to remember what needs to be potted on right now as I have plants in every room in the house. A lot of them need to be in the greenhouse too. A ginger and the banana went out today but i confess that my approach is a bit scatter gun. I must get more organised.

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fran m fran m 01 May 2010 20:34:46

Good work. Organised.......Nah....no fun in that.......spur of the moment is better.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 May 2010 20:35:56

Oooohh wonder where in Dublin I can get Orchid Bark. Mine need doing too.

Hoeys Hoeys 01 May 2010 20:41:42

busy as always.. repotting takes so much time, but your orchids will be growing like mad..

Rachel Rachel 01 May 2010 20:46:32

Jacinta, for the cuttings I potted on (yours included), I used a Garden Centre orchid compost (the one with the fewest ingredients) and washed it well. This is particularly important if nutrients have been added to the compost. It is also recommended to wash the peat you use. The cuttings seem fine so...

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 May 2010 20:48:32

No, Rachel, I want to re-pot my 'Rebecca'. It's still in the same pot that I bought it in. And it needs a bigger one now.

Rachel Rachel 01 May 2010 20:53:50

You are in the same position as I was before this afternoon then. But are you sure it needs a bigger pot? These plants don't have big roots. I just changed the mix on mine and put them back in the same pot.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 May 2010 20:58:16

Ok then, might just do that. I just presumed it needed a bigger one. Will check tomorrow. Thanks.

wayne wayne 01 May 2010 22:43:28

Your neps. are looking good Rachel. My nep. ventrata is starting to speed up its growth now and another new leaf just unfurled today. How is your dionaea muscipula doing. My two are in good shape now and I spy with my little eye a very tiny flower stalk starting to shoot up. Is there a stalk on yours.

Lìga Lìga 01 May 2010 22:57:18

You didn't drop in Woddies???There was 3 different dendrobiums,one you have already-white,but purple and yellow was beautiful,and purple(very similar to white)was scented.

  Your nephentes look gorgeous!!!

MartinB MartinB 01 May 2010 23:05:43

I'm waiting for you to make a spelling mistake. I like your enthusiastic approach, very good.

Wellie Wellie 01 May 2010 23:20:10

I don't know how ye even pronounce them never mind spell them and Martin would you know if there was a spelling mistake or would you have to look it up or maybe you grow these exotic plants too?Rachel , that nepen.. whats it ,looks lovely

MartinB MartinB 01 May 2010 23:31:01


Rachel Rachel 02 May 2010 08:26:18

Martin is a bit sore, Liga, because he thought Frances Rivis was a man : ) You won't be waiting long to find my spelling mistakes, Martin. But now I'm on super-alert!!!!

HeadGardener HeadGardener 02 May 2010 10:21:10

Rachel I though you to be very organised ?? Over where I turn I see another job especially potting on and then I forget and tomorrow I go through the same groundhog Day!!  Hope the Pitcher plants do well in there new compost..

MartinB MartinB 02 May 2010 13:43:57

Only joking about spellings Rachel, if they worried me then I would have to fairly harry fran over his. Happy gardening :-)

Rachel Rachel 05 May 2010 21:38:42

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