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Moonflowers!
Hi All, I decided to plant my moonflowers in earthboxes this year (self watering containers SWC's). I am very pleased with the performance. They like the constant moisture - unlike my cucumbers that hate it! I started the seeds late, had trouble with germination and put up the electrical conduit trellis very late. I'm pleased that the first moonflower bloomed today! Very early for me! It is raining cats 'n dogs here at the moment - I hope it survives. Here are some pics (Photobucket not cooperating! Second time trying to post!) Beth http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq355/beth11_album/101_0123.jpg http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq355/beth11_album/IMG_20110708_16462... http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq355/beth11_album/IMG_20110708_16463... 10 minutes later: http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq355/beth11_album/IMG_20110708_17143...
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Huh, Beth. Yeah, sounds like

Huh, Beth. Yeah, sounds like some kind of stress. I'd be curious if Miracid helped your cukes any, but in an earthbox loaded with dolomite... might have to scrape all the dolomite out first for it to make any impact. Might be worth a try, just on one end of the box, maybe? Or are the earthbox nutes mixed in? (With the growbox, the nutes lie in a long pile, mid-top - central side-dressing, since the plants are along the sides.)

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Hi Gisette, I didn't think
Hi Gisette, I didn't think of using miracid for the cucs! What a great idea! Thank you! I have no idea why, but all my supposidly female plants have a ton of male flowers. Can't be stressed this year - moderate temps. Not happy with Johnny's this year - seed potatoes were huge - had to chop them into pieces and don't know what's up with these expensive cuc seeds. Beth

 

 

 

 

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Gorgeous, Beth! The

Gorgeous, Beth! The electrical conduit trellis looks really sturdy, too!

Yeah, cukes have never done well for me in the growboxes. Or any other kind of SWC, really. I've taken to adding hydroton rocks in the bottom of potted cucurbits, and being careful about overwatering when they're young. But in the growbox, I think they also can't cope with the growbox nutes - too much dolomite, pH too high a la for tomatoes. Even in the ground, I dose my cukes every now and then with Miracid (Miracle Gro, rhododendron & azalea version). They like that - green right up.

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