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Siberian Iris

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:59

You should be fine in spring - in fact, it's so tough that I move it around at any time.


Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:40

Sorry to disagree, flowering rose, but Taylors Clematis says the exact opposite:

"Good feeding is important. In order to produce good flowers the plants should be fed by a good general, branded fertilizer following the manufacturer's recommendations- twice a week. Start feeding by mid-spring and continue until just before flowering. Do not feed during flowering as this will tend to reduce the flowering period."

See here:

Rocky soil

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:33

Bark is fine. It will only affect the top layer of soil, and your roses' roots will be much deeper, so won't be affected.


Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:44

Are you feeding your plants regularly throughout the summer? Last summer, for example, was so wet that a single spring feed would have been washed out of the ground, leaving the plants very hungry.

Where for art thou sumac

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:50

Having had suckers from a tree two houses away in my front garden I'm afraid that I have to agree with Jo - it can be a real nuisance.


Posted: 20/10/2012 at 18:03

Since they're only young cuttings you could keep them in pots over winter. Do lag the pots, though - even though they're hardy, they prefer not to have frozen roots.

Jelly like substance

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 17:20

It's unlikely to be mould or fungi - slime mould would need a compacted and very wet soil.

Most likely water-retaining gel - see if it vanishes after a few dry days. In any case, very unlikely to be anything to worry about.


Posted: 20/10/2012 at 16:53

Have a look at my answer to this question here, too, for more treatment details.


Posted: 20/10/2012 at 16:50

Definitely plant them now - there's no point to keeping them in pots. Clematis should be planted about 6" (15cm) deeper than it is in the pot.

is it a fungus?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 16:18

Could it be canker? Check here.

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