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Splitting Heucheras

Posted: Today at 10:51

Hi it was just me being heavy you I get trouble with vine weevils in pots. Just yesterday I intended to plant a lovely Primula Wanda into a border from a nine inch terracotta pot and realised it was a bit floppy..Guess what ..happy munching weevils. I rescued the primula with its pitiful roots. I submerge the plants in water to drown any un squashed devils and hopefully can revive the plants. I even have suffered from  the pest in my  over wintered succulents. I don't usually use any treatment but this year I will. Strangely I never see adults. 

Splitting Heucheras

Posted: Yesterday at 14:25

I was tidying a border a few weeks ago and one of my Heucheras a nice bright green one variety Malachite came away in my hands. I cut the old woody stems off leaving a few inches maybe 2-3 inches stopped off some of the leaves and potted them individually into 4 inch pots. They have put on some growth and look healthy enough but I haven't checked for roots yet. The pots aren't in a cold frame or greenhouse just half buried in a border in a sheltered part of the garden.

Plant ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 14:18

Looks like Lily of the Valley to me to, and it won't be long till it flowers, such a lovely scent.  Here in the NE mine's just poking it's nose out. It does spread when it's happy but doesn't cause a problem. 

PS it looks like a foxglove behind it.

Growing mediterranean herbs in a container

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:23

can't disagree with any of Salinos reply. However if you want to grow rosemary grow it in a pot in your bath,that will restrict its growth.  However should it get to big you can lift the pot without too much disturbance. I take cuttings every two years then it's out with the old and in with the new. Old woody growth makes good skewers for BBQs.     Mint likes less sun I find so grow it in pots on the shadier side. I have several which I grow for the scent of the crushed leaves, Apple mint it good for sauce.

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 18:28

Mine which is about 20 years old is cut back every year. The original chop  cut the plant back to about 2 feet high. The plant produced branches from that point and I cut the main branches back every year. It's in a dullish spot here in the NE so it takes it's time to get growing each year. Once it does it really grows away. I'm not saying this is how to treat them but it works for me. The pruning swine put through the shredder smell lovely.

Two more Vensus Fly Traps on their way

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:17

You made me laugh out loud..very rare!

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:09

Thanks SF, bl****y freezing here! well not literally about 6 degrees So no point in putting anything tender out. I have an unheated  greenhouse so when this foggy cold weather lifts it can go in the greenhouse then my patio. I'll talk to it to encourage it to branch. I'm astounded at how much it has grown in one season, as I said I think it was too warm and occasionally looked a bit droopy as it had dried out. I'm used to echeverias which I leave almost dry. One of them looked a little sorry for itself last week...not a watering problem but the dreaded vine weevil, luckily I have others of the same variety. 

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:50

I acquired a small rooted cutting last year at a plant swap. It has grown well and was over wintered on a bedroom window sill, with hind sight I think it was a little too warm but the plant has grown well. However it looks like a 15 inch palm with leaves on the top 6 inches. How can I make it branch or does it do it naturally as the weather warms.   I am tempted to remove the top two inches and treat that as a cutting in say May when it goes outdoors. All/ any advice much appreciated

Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:13

As they are bought tubers they will be quite small and prone to dry out. If possible pot them into damp compost. If I have had to delay planting I'd take them out of the plastic wrapping , label them and wrap in newspaper and store as cool as possible. They will need to be checked regularly, you can soak them if they start looking wrinkled. I don't leave mine to sprout whether pre potting or planting direct, mind you they have a mind of their own and may sprout regardless. People who grow dahlias develop their own way of growing and storing, there isn't a right way.

Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:09

Hi Edd, when you take the cuttings off the tuber the tuber re grows more shoots and when finally planted out the shoots flower the same year as do the cuttings. My tip is try not to keep the cuttings compost too wet as they rot easily. 

I find it best to lift the tubers, I lost nearly all my stock one cold wet winter, I also find slugs feasted on the emerging shoots.

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Taking a cutting 
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