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James Grieve apple

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 10:33

It'll be because it's concentrating on putting down roots.

I personally don't prune mine unless it's getting too big, and it flowers and fruits well.

Cana Lillies -- to lift or not to lift

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 10:31

I would lift them, but only because it allows you to start them off earlier.

I have some totally inaccessible canna lilies in the ground, and they actually survived the very hard winter two years ago. But - and it's a big but - they never come up early enough to flower.

Potted Lupins

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 09:46

You should let lupins die down naturally - they certainly don't need pruning.

Providing the roots didn't get too damaged by the wet, they should produce new shoots in spring. Keep them moist in your greenhouse over winter - just damp, not soggy.

Hyacinth in vase - without soil

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 20:38

Also, beware of them tilting over to one side too much and falling over. As Geoff says, they will grow normally outside if you give them a couple of years.

Have fun!

hydrangea pruning

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 12:31

Savaging them will simply make them grow more.

If you want to reduce the size, take out a third of the oldest branches every year in rotation.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 09:51

It's actually dry here at the moment - might go and wring out the plants later.

Our local river is in flood, but not affecting things too badly - only the odd ford instead of a road.


Posted: 25/09/2012 at 21:34

Nematodes die off if there is nothing for them to eat. They also need warm soil for them to be active, and the soil is getting too cold now.

So, as already said, Provado is your best bet now.

Planting Bulbs and Squirrels

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 18:55

Unfortunately, it's not. I have found chicken wire to work, though - just be careful you don't scratch yourself with the cut ends.


Posted: 25/09/2012 at 12:15

Mine have spread very happily under a hedge, and have also migrated to a gravel path.


Posted: 25/09/2012 at 12:13

Thanks, Daniel.

Yes, Gary, I did report some of them - it does no harm to give the Mods a few pointers to them.

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