Alina W

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Red Robin

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 12:05

Dig your hole then mix a small amount of bonemeal with the bottom soil - don't use too much, as excess fertilizer can burn plants' roots and even kill them. Then plant in a mixture of multipurpose and garden soil - multipurpose on its own can be a bit too light.


Posted: 08/05/2012 at 12:01

Theyare fully hardy, so will be fine outside. Put it in a sheltered, semi-shaded position, out of winds and midday sunshine.

Also, don't put it straight in a giant pot - put it in a smaller one first, say 30cm across. The compost can be a mixture of JI and multipurpose - contrary to popular belief, they don't need ericaceous compost, although they do prefer a fairly fibrous mix.


Posted: 08/05/2012 at 11:35

If you haven't re-potted it yet the plant is likely to be quite pot bound. I would re-pot it now into ericaceous compost and put it somewhere sheltered in your garden. They are not really frost hardy, so you will need to bring it in before first frost.

Apple tree bark damage

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 11:31

It sounds as though the strimming did damage the bark. The real issue is whether the damage runs all the way round - if so, I'm afraid that the tree will not recover. The instability also points the same way, but also suggests that the tree may have already had a problem before the strimming.

If the bark is gone all around the tree, I'm afraid there's no way of saving it.

Patio Apricot Tree Help!

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 00:30

Information on peach leaf curl and treatment here:

The leaves can look a lot more blistered than they do in the illustration.

sand for plants?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 23:43

Chris, providing you have sown annuals with fairly shallow roots you should be OK.

In future, though, you should dig compost/organic matter into your soil to break it up, along with some grit to improve drainage. This will improve the soil steadily and stop it being waterlogged in winter and baked dry in summer.

Himalayan blue poppy

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 22:42

The problem is likely to be that they have come out of ideal conditions at T&M and don't like the change. Are you putting them in bright sunshine, by any chance? They prefer moist, loamy soil in a semi-shady position - mine thrive with only the early morning and late afternoon sunshine in summer. They also don't like being wet. Not sure if that helps at all?

japanese maple needs help

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:46

Alternatively, spray with Provado Ultimate Bug Spray, which will kill them and any hatching eggs that you've missed.

removing daffodils from pots after flowering

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:45

Carmen, plant them now. Some of them will be dead, but they all will die unless you get them into the ground.

Frost burnt Hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:43

There's no need to do anything. Hydrangea flowers are normally left on the plant until next spring, and the leaves will fall of their own accord when the goodness has been withdrawn from them.

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