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The most basic advice needed

The plant:  1 generic houseplant.  Wilting and pointing south.

The problem:  My lack of any basic knowledge.

I buy this plant.  I pot it in compost.

Why did I use compost?  Do I need compost?  Can I simply use mud?

That's a question for all plants I guess.  Can't I just use mud, then water and add nutrients?

God help me image


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,667

    Did it have a label?

    Can you post a photo using the tree icon on the tool bar?

    Different plants like different compost and water/light requirements.

    I'm afraid you will have to be a bit more specific.

  • Samue1sonSamue1son Posts: 2

    Thank you for your response sir/madam/anything in between image

    I shall photograph it this evening image  I'm sad at Homebase because most of their house-plants simply are labelled "house-plant".

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    They should really put a label in the pot with growing instructions, basic things such as how much light and water it needs and primarily a name so you could look it up and find out more.  

    Did it look too big for the pot you bought it in that you felt you had to repot?  Some kind of compost is generally better than mudimageimage.

    Welcome to the forum by the wayimage.  I've learned so much on here.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,272

    Mud is what we all grow garden plants in. But mud isn't all the same (acid, chalk, clay etc) and your houseplant could very well be from some exotic part of the world where the mud is very different from the stuff in your garden. You could frighten it to death with the wrong mud. Hence compost.......if you know what your plant likes then you can get the correct food for it.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,046

    first of all, don't be afraid of asking for advice. None of us knows everything, and we all started with nothing.

    Can you post a photo perhaps?

    Why did you repot it compost? and which compost did you use( there are lots of different types suited to different types of plants , as well as many " multi purpose " composts.

    The biggest problem with those with , erm , limited knowledge is " killing with kindness" especially over watering.

    Don't panic, I'm sure all is not lost. Give us more info to go on , and we'll be able to give better advice.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,881

    Who needs the translator? 

    Not many people use the word Nay these days.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,790

    The use of a number instead of a letter (and a few other differences) is common when writing a 'Forum Name' - it enables a chosen Forum Name to be used by more than one person and yet differentiate between them. 

    For instance if, when you joined the forum, there had previously been another Mike Allen who was a member, the forum would not have let use use that name, but what you could have done is to call yourself M1ke Allen, or Mike A11en, or M1ke A11en, or you could have eschewed upper case letters and called yourself mike allen, or removed the space between the words and called yourself MikeAllen, or mikeallen, or Mikeallen, or added a hypen Mike-Allen, or an underscore Mike_Allen ... or any permutation and/or combination of the above.

    As for ridiculing Samue1son?  There has been no ridicule - he has posted a slightly humorous, tongue in cheek query, pointing out his own inexperience with gardening - his query has been addressed pleasantly and politely and with the same good humour. It's not occured to anyone but you that he may not be English (on what evidence you base your supposition I cannot fathom image),  and what would that matter anway?

    I do hope that Samue1son isn't too offended by what could be interpreted as a patronising and racist post and understands that your attitude isn't typical of the members hereimage

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,790

    Samue1son image to return to your query ... it's a bit hard for us to help without knowing what the plant is - to post a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar and instructions follow.

    Hope that helps - looking forward to trying to identify your plant image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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