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 on: June 21, 2017, 23:17:36 
Started by jaga - Last post by splinter1804
Hi John - Thanks for the feedback about your conservatory. As for Lyndi, I remember her way back when she was on the Garden Web Forums before this one.

I have to reluctantly agree with you (even though I don't like giving up), but I'm pretty sure most of the original forum members have all now gone to Face Book and the newer members don't seem interested in taking part. so I guess it's case of "If you can't beat them, join them" ............... See you on Face Book.

Finally, to all those reading these posts, I'm sorry to say that we're leaving, but if some of you had participated instead of continually lurking and sitting on the fence, this would still be a healthy operating forum. Instead it's sadly going to die!

All the best, Nev.

 on: June 20, 2017, 08:39:50 
Started by jaga - Last post by jaga
Thanks for your comments Nev, yes its poly carbonate and no we don't put any shade cloth over. Its not the clear poly carbonate but a fibre reinforced thicker one and seems to be OK mid summer for burning as long as the plants are at floor level. We put a layer of 50% white over the hanging pots on the under side of the polycarb.

The fine sprinkler system has worked well, automatically turning on once a week. Found plants with about the write amount of water when we returned. Will be interesting if we can get the balance correct come summer.

Sadly Nev, we need some others posting to keep this forum going, I feel with so little interest its hardly worth the effort. We visited 3 from gardens while away, 1 in my wife's home town in Kuching Sarawak and 2 in Singapore. All those garden owners are on FB. One of them is Lyndi Whye who used to be on here as well but has long given it away.

 on: June 18, 2017, 23:39:40 
Started by jaga - Last post by splinter1804
Hi John – Yes I must say I gave up as I had checked out this forum every day since I responded to your post from Vietnam on the 2nd June and nothing, “Zilch”, so I thought what’s the use of writing if no one’s going to respond.

This post which you started on 13th May has only just now shown up on my computer together with your post from yesterday. I don’t know what happened there; maybe my friendly gremlin is back in my computer again. It’s just pure chance that I thought I’d have one final look this morning before I gave it away completely and I see that you’ve posted again.

I must say you make me green with envy every time I see your conservatory as I’d love to be able to afford something like that, even just a polycarbonate roof over one of my shade houses would be great, but unfortunately it’s not in the budget as I’m unable to do it myself anymore and the cost of a builder would send me into bankruptcy.

There’s no doubt the winters here are gradually getting colder than they were when I first started growing brom’s. Even now when the coldest part of winter hasn’t hit us yet, I’m already seeing cold damage; even in my best shade house that gets good light and reasonable protection from the elements. I think ideally a poly-carbonate roof would be the answer because as well as keeping out the cold, I’ve read where it also blocks the harmful UV rays that cause all the damage in mid-summer.

What sort of roof do you have John, is it poly-carbonate? Do you need shade cloth over it as well? Anyway, no good having a whinge, I just have to make the best of what I have and hope the winter won’t be too severe. 

I love “Mother Nature’s Art” in your pictures, I’ve always been fascinated by the intricate patterns made by spiders as they build their webs, which is only accentuated by the fine mist, so thanks for sharing them with us John.

I think we’ve given this forum our “best shot” to try and revived it, we started with four and now we’re down to two; soon we’ll be talking to ourselves  and I’m now beginning to think we’re wasting our time, what do you think John, should we call it a day and move on?

All the best, Nev.

 on: June 17, 2017, 08:01:29 
Started by jaga - Last post by jaga
Hi anyone left. So this got posted with no comments, we finally got our conservatory watering working so we could go off overseas for a month, come back and nothing!, shows this forum is dead as attracted no interest, oh well bye all see you on FB.


 on: June 04, 2017, 06:26:17 
Started by splinter1804 - Last post by splinter1804
Hi everyone.

John - My son tells me orchids do very well there, so I naturally thought there would be plenty of brom's there as well as they seem to go hand in hand with orchids everywhere else................... I guess we live and learn.

All the best, Nev.

 on: June 02, 2017, 13:03:01 
Started by splinter1804 - Last post by jaga
Hi all, still overseas at the moment. In Vietnam. Back on board soon. No Broms here that I can see.

 on: May 29, 2017, 21:56:13 
Started by splinter1804 - Last post by splinter1804
Hi everyone.

Kayleen - I've found computers are similar to cars, great when they are working OK and a pain in the bum when they aren't; and have you noticed, they always seem to break down just when you need them the most. 

I lost a lot of pictures many years ago when my old computer crashed, and due to inexperience I didn't have any of them saved on a separate device. I quickly learned my lesson and now back-up important pictures on an external hard drive while with the less important stuff I save on thumb drives.

You see I can't save anything on this old computer as there is some "glitch" in it which hides any files saved to the "C" drive every time I restart it. Somewhere in this machine there are thousands of pictures and lots of documents but I can't find them and I'm not paying a technician a fortune to look for them for me as fortunately they are all now backed up. Although I can't afford a new computer, I can still get by with a bit of good old fashioned improvisation, I just have to remember which thumb drive has what on it.

Now back on topic again, sorry for the detour. Thanks for the feed-back; it seems we only vary slightly in our methods with you using Peat Moss and me using Coir Peat. I’ve never compared the two products but found initially I got good results with the Coir Peat and so I stuck with that.

The other thing is that Coir Peat is a renewable resource where as true Peat Moss takes thousands of years for nature to make. The other “upside” of Coir Peat is that we are making use of an otherwise waste product which helps poorer countries by the money made from its sales.

I found that it was easier to cut drainage slots in the bottom edge of the containers with an angle grinder rather than drill holes in the bottom, however both methods use power tools so you need to be careful in what you are doing.

When you fertilise, do you use the manufactures recommended strength or do you reduce it for the very small seedlings?

It will be interesting to see how John does his seed after all he is the “Guru” of this small group and has many more “runs on the board” with the seedlings he has bred and registered. It’s just a bit disappointing that not more people are participating in this discussion as it could make for a very interesting topic.

All the best, Nev

 on: May 27, 2017, 09:33:37 
Started by splinter1804 - Last post by Kayleen C
Sorry my computer had a hissy fit. I rang Acer and they were very helpful but couldn't do anything as it needs to go to a repairer. The only thing with that is it will probably ending up nearly the same price as a new one. Must download all my pics to hard drive.
Well the computer run it's own repair finally, and looks like all is working but I have no curser so have to use a mouse. All good as I hate the curser anyway.

Nev I grow my seed the same as you but use peat as the medium.
I don't 1/2 fill, maybe a third.
I don't wash seed either.
When the plants are big enough to have the lid off, I get Dale to drill holes in the bottom so they don't fill up with water.
I will start to fertilise a bit then and again when I plant out into bigger trays. I use potting mix for that, and use the brom mix when I pot up separately.

 on: May 25, 2017, 23:46:17 
Started by aroideana - Last post by splinter1804
Hi Geoff - Haven't seen you here for a while, you sure get around.

All the best, Nev

 on: May 25, 2017, 13:03:04 
Started by aroideana - Last post by geoff3147
This original photo query of a silver-streaked Neo cruenta was eventually registered as Neoregelia 'Silver Bullet', a name now adopted far and wide.

Geoff Lawn.

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