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mulching advice please

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:28

I did some research into this and no-one seems to know the answer. Except that , it is reported that the best mulch for Rhododendrons is...................Rhododendrons. The reason ,apparently, why these plants are unhappy in Alakline soil (limey) is that the lime locls up Manganese which they need. The old leaves contain Manganese.

However, they also may be vectors in passing on a nasty disease which is killing off swathes of them, so all in all I would not take the risk myself.

Hepaticas

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 21:21

If you are Diane Clement, the seed managger for the Alpine Garden Society and Hepatica afficinado, then dead easy. If you are me then well nigh impossible. Take your pick. In theory as I said fresh seed germinates like cresstard and muss. Wish it did for me. I usually manage to get enough self sown ones from round my plants in the garden to spread elsewhere though.

Splitting plants is possible, but again not something I have ever really tried to do.

plum trees - problems

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 16:53

The green is probably moss or lichen, shows you have little air pollution. No sign of buds on ours either.

Rowan Tree Propagation

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 16:51

Never heard of anyone getting a cutting to root. Seed is best (if you can beat the birds to it). They need stratifying to get them to germinate. Otherwise if it is a special form then they are normally grafted on to the common Sorbus species.

Hepaticas

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 16:47

It is now reckoned that there is only one spcies, H. nobilis. So all those Japanese ones are just as hardy in theory as the others.

None of them are that difficult to grow, just needing woodland soil and light shade. The ones I have are just appearing from under a foot of frrozen snow and look no different than they did last year.

Seed is best sown while still green and needs to be kept moist at all times, Needs no heat to germinate. Sometimes it does so immediately, at other times in Spring. If you do get them to grow then do not prick out until the plants have really got going, possibly in the second or even third year.

Hepaticas

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 10:26

And here

http://www.slacktopnurseries.co.uk/expression/index.php/plants/

Hepaticas

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 10:23

http://www.edrom-nurseries.co.uk/shop/pc/Japanese-Hepaticas-c24.htm

Check out the eye watering prices.

Clematis cuttisngs

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:26

Have to confess that  I only ever succeded when I had heating cables in the cuttings frome too.

Purple flowering Cow Parsley?

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 18:07

The only one of which I know is Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Rubble in the border

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 09:07

Well, we cannot grow Camellias here in much of the garden as the soil is full of lime-mortar and that definitley affects the leaves of any Camellia which we have planyed.

I would agree with Dove about filling the bed with Ericaceous compost though.

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