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1  Malta Gardening Forums / Native (Indigenous) Malta Trees and Plants / MOVED: Leyland cypress on: August 18, 2017, 17:34:22 PM
This topic has been moved to Ornamental Trees, Shrubs and Perennial Plants.

http://www.maltagardening.com/gardentalk/index.php?topic=428.0
2  Malta Gardening Forums / Ornamental Trees, Shrubs and Perennial Plants / Re: Leyland cypress on: August 18, 2017, 17:33:53 PM
Cuttings, but not doable at home, misters needed etc etc. Personally not a fan, they don't grow tall here but the top becomes stunted and the trees ball shaped - possibly the solar intensity, or the heat, or the wind, combined with the lack of soil depth. I never saw one taller than around 10ft, and they were always as wide or wider. If you want a conifer the native Pinus halepensis grows very rapidly when young and cared for and will grow anywhere - even on near-bare rock.
3  Malta Gardening Forums / Native (Indigenous) Malta Trees and Plants / Re: Pistacia Lentiscus on: November 25, 2015, 22:15:25 PM
Berries to be collected in autumn when they start turning black, seed is within the berry. I have this idea that the seeds have serious dormancy issues, need to look this up.

Having said that, had one pop up unexpectedly in a pot where something else was growing.

Probably easiest to buy a plant, these are available for purchase from some garden centres.

MG
4  Malta Gardening Forums / Pests, Diseases and Weeds / Re: Organic pesticides on: October 20, 2015, 13:35:17 PM
Your best bet yet again would be to ask at Agri Co-op because brand names vary and you might want to consider a product that deals with more than one pest.

It is also possible to build traps for them, a quick search in Google will be useful. Importantly, never leave any fallen fruit underneath trees, or mouldy/rotting fruit in the tree.

MG
5  Malta Gardening Forums / Annuals and Bulbs / Re: Amaryllis on: October 11, 2015, 18:14:13 PM
I'm pretty sure that as long as they are outdoors they will die down around Feb.

Mine are also in full sun.

If they don't perhaps you could place them in a cool place under cover where they can't get any water, around the end of Jan. Do this when they are quite dry however, not soggy, else they will rot.

Then place them in their usual place one month later.

The added coolness of the location chosen and the lack of water should do the trick.

MG
6  Malta Gardening Forums / Native (Indigenous) Malta Trees and Plants / Re: Common Hawthorn/żagħrun on: October 08, 2015, 12:23:56 PM
Must add, I buy plenty of ziploc bags from Zamco (in San Gwann and Fgura if still there) and they are ideal for collecting and storing seeds, I just use a felt pen to label the contents.

Available in a wide variety of sizes.

MG
7  Malta Gardening Forums / Native (Indigenous) Malta Trees and Plants / Re: Common Hawthorn/żagħrun on: October 08, 2015, 00:42:45 AM
Yes, and it takes 2 years.

In refrigerator (in compost fresh out of the bag so it's sterile and with it's own humidity), out around March, back in again say November, out around March, and sow.

Don't expect a high rate of germination either so treat around 20 seeds or more.

But it works, been there, done that.

MG
8  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Trees found in Spinola Garden in St Julians on: October 07, 2015, 16:51:06 PM
By definitely not I mean the ones I have in mind they could be and the ones I had grown.

If they are not the same then I have no idea yet what they could be.

Will try to take a look when in the area but have grown out of Paceville or "PV" as it is now referred to, so may take a while...!

MG
9  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Trees found in Spinola Garden in St Julians on: October 06, 2015, 21:33:45 PM
No definitely not.

MG
10  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Trees found in Spinola Garden in St Julians on: October 06, 2015, 11:45:40 AM
If they are what I think they could be, there may be some planted in the central reservation by the lower entry point to Chadwick Lakes valley.

If so, they are also present in San Anton, grow from seed, and had a couple of these grow very rapidly to a height of 10 feet, in pots.

Unfortunately I forgot the name and recall that a previous search for the name was not fruitful.

MG
11  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Trees found in Spinola Garden in St Julians on: October 05, 2015, 21:31:13 PM
Other than yes, they are trees,  Grin the photos don't supply any info.

But I do suspect what they could be.

Are the leaves tri-lobed?

MG
12  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Trees found in Spinola Garden in St Julians on: October 05, 2015, 00:17:35 AM
Will keep a lookout, I have a vague idea but not sure, don't remember. Pics perhaps next time you are there?

MG
13  Malta Gardening Forums / Annuals and Bulbs / Re: Amaryllis on: October 01, 2015, 20:30:37 PM
Hi, I have a number of bulbs and some of them even put out two flowering stalks each, so no complaints there.

They only die down for around a month or two around Jan-Feb.

The main thing to understand with any flowering bulbs is that the way they are cared for when in leaf will determine what happens come flowering time.

Water sufficiently especially in summer (but never too much), feed occasionally, and as long as the plants are healthy and in full sun or near enough for most of the year, the bulbs will grow and will produce flowering stalks come March/April or thereabouts.

As long as the bulbs are in leaf, care for them as above.

I use compost and pots that are not too large but this does not appear to be critical, they can also be grown in the garden.

Slugs and snails are Enemy no. 1 so protect them. Second enemy is too much water in the cooler months. That is why compost and good drainage is so important.

Mine flower profusely and every year produce seed, not too many if left to their own devices, but a lot if pollinated manually.

MG
14  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Mosquitoes on: July 21, 2015, 09:59:04 AM
I don't know about that and would probably advise against because it's likely to be useless.

Paraffin works by forming a microscopic layer on the surface of water, which prevents larvae from breathing via their breathing tube (that's why then hang upside down beneath the water's surface until disturbed).

Other than that paraffin is relatively harmless so I doubt it would work on adults even excluding for a moment the practical difficulties involved in dosing them (and obviously not dosing your neighbours' quota of mosquitoes)

In reality the best course of action would be to try and identify where they are breeding, they don't seem to travel a huge distance and judging by your comments re the number of these pests it's probably rather close by.

I think the Health Dept would be interested if any neighbour were responsible, and would take action.

For a more permanent solution re gutters you could use fly netting obviously if they drain yard water then the netting would need to be removed before the first rains.

MG
15  Malta Gardening Forums / General Gardening Talk / Re: Mosquitoes on: July 21, 2015, 09:28:30 AM
You seem to have quite a problem. Perhaps it's the neighbours. Had a major problem here too and it was a neighbour's uncovered roof tank, absolutely infested with larvae.

Whatever, you could also try a drop or two of paraffin in the drains and anywhere else that water sits, this just stays on the surface and prevents larvae from breathing thus killing them.

MG
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