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Offline Lone

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Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:57:15 AM »


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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 02:33:27 PM »
I don't know if they like it.    :-D   

I think you have something there, great pics.

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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 04:27:37 AM »
Here are some more.

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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 07:53:25 PM »
Thats why I just planted a whole bunch of that stuff in front of my house.

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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 08:04:41 PM »
G'onya, Nettie, we'll turn ya into an aussie yet.

You know you have to use a low phosphorus fertilizer?

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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2011, 08:08:55 PM »
G'onya, Nettie, we'll turn ya into an aussie yet.

You know you have to use a low phosphorus fertilizer?

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No I have no idea how to care for them. Didn't know I had to do anything. I have grevillea going wild in back of my house for years and they are very large and healthy plants. Never fed them anything, but I will look into the fertilizer you suggest.
Do you think I can truly be an Aussie??

(you will never get me to eat that stuff!! You know what I am talking about!!

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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2011, 08:52:55 PM »
Nettie,

Probably if grevillea are available there you will be able to find low phosphorus, but I don't know how easily.  I use osmocote for australian natives, though they are getting a little large for that.  Cow manure is a possible but poorer substitute.  Your soil and conditions sound good if they are growing wild anyway.  It dries out a lot here, and though they are commonly known as drought tolerant, they really thrive when keeping the water up to them 2 or 3 times a week.  They wouldn't like to be soggy though.  They are prone to a fungus and most have a bit of this.  I use gypsum to break the clay here and also put sulphur on everything because our bore water is very alkaline.
You are also supposed to cut off the old seed pods to encourage energy into the new flowers, but I am too lazy (err busy..) for that.
Have you tried growing callistemon (bottlebrush) too?

Now you know we'd have to anaesthetize you to feed you the big V!

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Re: Do you reckon bees like grevillea?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2011, 12:32:11 AM »
Thanks Lone for the info. I will print out this posting and refer to it. Probably take it to my local landscaping place.

Boy you Aussies are a tough lot :-D  Eating that stuff :-P :-P.  (Just kidding you know, it wasn't all that bad, just not very good)

 

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