London (change)
Today 13°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 9°C

aladdinsane33


Latest posts by aladdinsane33

3 returned

plants dying - conifer

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 12:01

Making soil better is quite an art in itself but you need good supported growth and a resilience to everything thrown at these trees, protection from harsh frost is a good start so what about a breathable blanket throughout winter. Take a ph sample of soil one spades depth down, see what the soil is comprised of  and what its condition is, once that is done you will know [as I do]where to go from there. Any leaning to alkalinity add peat or what it is now more commonly known as ericaceous compost, and then in a few weeks check it again. I live by the coast and people in these new houses with lovely lawns plant conifers in the borders, really you should see how bedraggled and unhealthy they look, the reason why is most people do not do their homework, therefore never know what soil will support what plants,the soil here as I previously indicated is highly alkaline, really not much grows successfully in alkaline soil,what grows in a desert will grow here in the wild but for one thing,and that is the constant cold everything else I have noticed suffers in one way or another..Take Tee Gee's advice as I said he has it bang on the button AL,       

plants dying - conifer

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:16

Tee Gee I think you have it bang on the button, most conifers do not like limestone. they like a neutral or leaning to acidic soil. Where I live which is near the coast conifers suffer from two things and alkaline soil is the cause of it all..No iron in the soil few trace elements cause poor growth and the inadequate root stock makes wind rock a certainty leading to instability and rot.

Conifers perishing?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 19:22

Hi,  I am new to gardeners world, hello everyone.

I bought ten lovely conifers in beautiful condition from a garden centre,to eventually grow conical in shape. Now having potted them on as I was waiting for the weather to improve to put them in ground, I  find they have brown tips and look as though they are perishing...I put limestone pebbles in the bottom for drainage [the type of shale often seen at the seaside] and potted them up with ericaceous compost then added a bark mulch and another layer of shale [to make the pot heavy] to the top to keep the pots from rocking.. I'm gutted not least about what they cost but the fact they look so helpless, somewhat like me.. anyone any ideas how I can save these trees.

3 returned

Discussions started by aladdinsane33

Conifers perishing?

browning and wilting 
Replies: 4    Views: 1643
Last Post: 28/04/2013 at 21:54
1 returned