Alina W

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help with 2 plants please- Clematis Jackmanii(?) and Rhodedendron(?)

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:33

You can buy a kit at the garden centre - they're not very expensive, meant for a single use.

Training clematis - how about hooks and wires? You might need rawl plugs to get them safely in the cement, but it should work fine.

help with 2 plants please- Clematis Jackmanii(?) and Rhodedendron(?)

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:14

The rhododenderon may be in need of the soil acidifying if your soil is not already acid. In either case I would feed it with rhododendron food. Other than that, make sure that it stays moist throughout the summer, which should help it revive.

The clematis would probably also appreciate some food - they are greedy feeders.

Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 09:47

I can't guarantee it, but I often behead mine and push the cut-off sections into the compost. The majority generally take, and the cut stem usually produces two or three shoots. It's best to do this around about June.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:01

Lilacs are generally left alone - prune them after flowering if you have to.

S Harrison, it does sound worrying. There is detailed information here, but it does sound as though that is your problem.

When you plant up your lilac suckers, plant them in pots to avoid spreading it.

You may also like to have a look at this site, particularly point vii.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:49

Do you mean prick them out rather than planting them outside? You need at least one pair of "true" leaves. Keep them as light as possible once germinated so that they don't get straggly, and reduce the temperature a little if they're in the house rather than greenhouse.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:39

They should be sown on the surface and not covered, but are best put into a plastic bag to keep them moist. They need a temperature of about 20C, and should take 2-3 weeks to germinate. Does that give you any possible clues?

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:35

Are you sure it's honey fungus? Have you found the bootlace-like strands in the soil, for example?

crab grass or tall fescue

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:29

The only way that you can get rid of them is to dig them out or weedkill them, I'm afraid. Other than that, mowing regularly should reduce their vigour.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:28

Don't panic about the tree stump - it sounds like normal rotting. But get it removed by all means, just in case.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:29

Sweet peas should be recognizable by the tendrils that they produce to climb, whilst tomato leaves have a distinct smell when you touch them. The sweet peas really should be outside by now - as already suggested, put them outside during the day.

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