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Helping plants through Winter

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 14:27

Thank you everyone who offered advice. It has been most helpful. I'm goint to wrap pots in fleece as suggested and leave in a sheltered spot outside. (except the geranium maderense. It is still only a small plant and didn't flower this year, so I might give it extra protection in the garage). As we live in Dorset, our Winter should be mikder than lots of other places......

Helping plants through Winter

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 13:51

I have a large number of plants in containers in the garden and intend to bring them in to the garage for the Winter. But I can't find any advice on whether (and if so, how often) I should water them. Can anyone tell me how I should look after the following:








geranium maderense


Help much appreciated!

Mini cyclamen

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 13:15

Many thanks for the info. Now I can find out all about them.

Mini cyclamen

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 17:06

I love these little plants which are in garden Centres now and had a wonderful display from them last year. They were planted under a rhododendron and were in flower until Christmas! But are they cyclamen coum or cyclamen hederifolium? (does it matter, anyway? I'm just curious.....)

Basil with a problem

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 20:11

I am growing basil in terracotta pots in a sunlounge. The seeds were sown in well-drained compost + vermiculite and the plants look (mainly) green and healthy. I have grown them successfully on many occasions. But this year, a number of the leaves have what I can only describe as transparent patches - it looks as though somebody has scraped away the green colouring on both sides of the leaves. Some leaves are brownish on the edges too. Can somebody tell me what this is - and what I should do?

Should I "top" my sparsely-flowering runner beans?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:02

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to pinch out "nearly all" to see what happens....

Should I "top" my sparsely-flowering runner beans?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 22:04

I know the usual advice is to nip out runner beans when they reach the top of their support. Well, mine have - but the constant rain means they have grown at an alarming rate - but there are very few flowers. I'm tempted to let them just "hang down" in the hope that sunshine will eventually come and more flowers be produced. What do other people think I should do? (They're growing up a wigwam in a large barrel).

Can tomatoes have two main stems?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 13:03

I'm growing alicante tomatoes in grow bags in a warm, sunny position (that is, when it's warm and sunny). They have several trusses of toms, but although I look at them every day and remove side shoots, several plants now seem to have branched out into two main stems - each with fruit trusses on. Should I let them both develop and continue to remove side shoots on both? Both "main" stems are healthy and it would seem an awful shame to remove tomatoes usually do this?

Allium bulbs

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:21

I had a wonderful display from Allium Schubertii last year. This year, just a few starggly leaves. I have now dug them up to investigate: the bulbs are large, firm and well-shaped - but appaer to have no roots! Should I keep them and replant in the Autumn? If so, do I keep them dry until then or put them in pots and keep moist?

sweet williams

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:22

I bought some sweet williams when they were in flower - four years ago. I dead-head them and feed them - and they are just as lovely again this year!!

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