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02/06/2013 at 14:36

We inherited about a dozen, mature rhododendrons/azaleas when we bought our house. They are in a shady area under trees and a very overgrown beech hedge. We have severely pruned the beech hedge now and the rhododendrons are now getting more light and seem to be doing a lot better this year. I have a huge amount of well-rotted horse manure (with and without straw) - any reason not to mulch the rhododendron with it ??

02/06/2013 at 15:09

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NO NO !.NO

WHATEVER YOU DO , DO NOT GET THE HORSEMUCK ANYWHERE YOUR AZALEAS, RHODEDENDRONS ,CAMILIA IF YOU HAVE THESE TOO .

Never put cow muck or any other

IT WILL KILL -THEY HATE MENUR

THESE  PLANTS ALL NEED ERECASIUS  COMPOST . THE PLANTS YOU MENTION ARE BEAUTIFUL AND WILL FREWARD YOU TREMENDOSLY OVER THE YEARS. PLEASE CHECK UP THESE .

You can get the food from a garden store / pound stretcher/  etc

You Need Sequested iron .

02/06/2013 at 15:46

hiya daisy cottage

manure is a big no no for azaleas etc

they are relatively surface rooting plants and the heavy mulch will kill your plants

use your manure for veg patch, rhubarb bed, runner bean trench, compost heap etc

02/06/2013 at 17:56

OK - I won't use the cow manure on them They do get a good mulch of leaves in the autumn naturally

Have just mulched a 200 ft hedge with the straw manure (did this last year too) and used it for the veggies, but have so much left, I'll have to use it on another hedge

Thank you

 

 

 

02/06/2013 at 19:03

Apart from Rhubarb I always compost mine. Didn't know you could use it directly onto Runner beans. Hmm will bear that in mind

02/06/2013 at 19:30

What do you mean by compost it ?? I just have mine delivered by a friend who dumps a tractor/trailer load in our field. I leave it to sit there for at least 6 months before using it (far too much to shift it anywhere near my compost bins One heap is with straw, the other is just pure poo

02/06/2013 at 19:31

i meant to say use it in the runner bean trench

02/06/2013 at 19:51

Ah - yes   I've have too although I planted my beans out last weekend and they didn't like the wind, but hopefully they will come away OK

02/06/2013 at 20:10

 If you grow tomatoes , cucumbers , melons.it will be much appreciated I think that .you can use it on many veg though check first !.  if its used on root veg like carrots they

" Fork ". 

Pleased your not using your horse muck on Azalea's etc , I love this family of shrubs and the only reason I know is because I did it to my first ! Would love to see some photo's of yours if possible.   

 

02/06/2013 at 20:57

Daisy where's your field? I'll come by with a wagon tonight  Alas I have a small garden and only rooms for compost bins

02/06/2013 at 21:05

Is mulching rhodedendrons with garden compost also a no-no?

02/06/2013 at 21:11

LOL The field is only 3/4 acre - next to our house. I have the greenhouse and raised beds on it, plus fruit trees. There's a gate onto the road so our friend just drives his tractor in and dumps We've spent 5 years renovating the house, so only just getting the garden (jungle) sorted 

02/06/2013 at 23:36

chicky,

I wouldnt mulch rhodos etc with garden compost no.  i would use ericaceous soil or compost or acid bark chips but not too thickly

i cannot grow them in my garden but i have maybe 10 in large pots.  they have been superb this year.  some over, some at their peak and some just opening out

03/06/2013 at 05:45

One of my pot grown Rhodos. It normally flowers in March/April, but this year didn't flower till May. It's about 30yrs old, bought in the days when I didn't make a note of the varieties, so if anyone can ident it there's a Twix for you!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24645.jpg?width=299&height=350&mode=max

 

03/06/2013 at 06:53

Let's call it "Twix's White" !!

03/06/2013 at 07:18

Sounds good to me Chicky!

 

03/06/2013 at 07:29

Hi, could it be Ginni gee, or bow bells, if not twix's white sounds good

04/06/2013 at 05:52

Hi Pash, I think you've found it, at least it's the nearest I've seen to it. Looking at the description on the RHS and Millais' web sites I think it's Ginny Gee.

Thank you. A Twix to Pash 

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