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Posted: 27/06/2015 at 11:51

I have Petunias planted in 30 pots & they have grown beautifully with a huge amount of flowers. I am now about to start to deadhead these plants. I know how to deadhead but the problem I have is identifying which are buds about to open & which buds have flowered & are about to die. I realize that sometimes this is obvious that the flower has actually wilted & is about to die. But in many cases petals on flowers are tightly closed & it then becomes difficult to identify whether flower is about to open or has already flowered & about to die. I hope I have explained this right?


Do Petunias close their petals before they die??????  Or do dead flowers just drop off?????


Is there any way of positively identifying which - alive or dead - bud to deadhead?????


Posted: 31/05/2015 at 09:47

I have never grown any type of soft fruit before, so I am a complete novice.

I have bought two Tayberry plants (Rubus Loganobaccus) from Wilkinsons which I intend growing in 10" pots. The diagrammatic information shows that flowers are produced in June/July & fruit forms in Aug/Sept. Pruning takes place in March next year. My problem is this; (these maybe daft questions)


1 - Are these summer fruiting plants?


2 - If summer fruiting, do I prune back all stems after fruiting is finished? Or do these stems produce more fruit next year?


After watching some videos (raspberries) there seems to be a marked difference in the pruning methods for summer & autumn fruiting plants. All of which totally confuses me. Can anyone help??? Thanks.   

Over Wintered Dahlias

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 09:10

I overwintered 27 Dahlias grown in individual 10" pots under my carport. In March  I uprooted one Dahlia & sought professional advice from my local garden centre. On inspection the plant was found to be healthy & I was advised to feed & water. I have done this 6 weeks ago & up to now the plants are showing no signs of life. They are now outside in front garden. I cover them at any sign of frost.

When will these plants show any sign of regrowth?

Location; 5miles North of Chester. 

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 15:37

Hostafan 1 - I cut Dahlias back in September because they had finished flowering. Location -  5 mls. north of Chester.

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 15:33

Thanks to everyone who responded to this post. All very helpful. Today I uprooted one Dahlia & took it to a professional gardener at my local garden centre. He examined the tubers & pronounced all is well, tubers are healthy. Advised me to cut down last years old growth to ground level & cover with compost & feed & water. Hopefully plants will grow soon. 

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 16:05

I overwintered 27 Dahlias grown in individual pots (10")  under my carport. They did not get frostbitten. I have watered the Dahlias a week ago  & they are still under my carport in fairy warm conditions. The stalks have shrivelled up & look dead. I have lifted one plant & it had tubers, about the size of a grape.


How do I know if these plants are alive or dead? If the plants are alive when should they start showing signs of life?


Note! I have since read that you should wait till the first frost & the plant turns black before cutting back & overwintering. These plants did not turn black but were cut back about end September before first frost.

Rhododendron Problem

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 11:47

About 4 years ago I planted 2 rhododendrons in very large pots. Both planted in acid soil. One plant is in semi shade the other is in full shade. (although,obviously, they could be moved to different locations) Both plants initially flourished & grew well for 3 years. This year the one in semi shade is showing signs of distress the leaves have turned yellow & the plant is wilting. The other plant is thriving double the size of the one in semi shade, glossy leaves etc. I have a suspicion they are not the same species of rhododendron but cannot verify this. They have both been fed etc. in exactly the same way. Any ideas??????????

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 14:05

Firstly, I am a inexperienced gardener with regards to plants. So if anyone can give me some advice please make it simple so even I can understand. Thank you.

I have 30 Dahlias in individual 20cm (8'') pots. I bought them as bedding plants from a supermarket & I have a great display from them all Summer long.

Two days ago I read an article - Daily Mail - by Monty Don; 'How to make your Dahlias last forever'. He said it should be possible, after the first frost, to cut the plants down to ground level, cover them in a mulch & leave them insitu. in the garden throughout the Winter.

I intend following this advice but bringing pots under my car port which is always a few degrees warmer than outside. However, the MD article mentioned Dahlias tubers. My plants were bought as bedding plants, they were not tubers. I need the following advice;

1 - Are there two types of Dahlias? One with tubers that can be overwintered & one without that can't?

2 - Or, do the non- tuber Dahlias develop tubers as they grow?

Forgive the naivety but it seems silly to me to try & overwinter something that will die anyway.

I hope I have explained this correctly.

Dahlia experts please help!


Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:52

To - Dave Morgan & Alina W

I'm cutting at leaf node. I'm putting one plant in each 8cm pot. Left potted plants to root outside. Did not over water. (watered from top not bottom) Put about 10 cuttings in glass of water. Took cuttings (by luck) in morning. Pinched out top. Result - Failure.

Used (presumably) clean, sharp scissors for cuttings. I did not change water. Result - Failure 

Not much enthusiasm but will try again.

Thanks for advice. 

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:43

Firstly, I am a not very experienced gardener & have never took cuttings before.

I understand that fuchsias are one of the easiest plants to take cuttings from so I thought I would give it a go.

Following advice on this website I took 20 cuttings of my well established, hardy fuchsias earlier in the summer. I carefully trimmed the cuttings as advised & planted them in compost in 8cm pots. I watered them regularly (not overly) & generally looked after them. None survived.

I posted my results here on Gardeners World. Some gardeners advised that what I should have done is to put cuttings in water to establish root growth before planting in pots

A month ago I took a further 20 cuttings, put in water & left on a semi shaded windowsill indoors. Only one of the cuttings formed any roots (about 1'' long) the rest had simply rotted away.

Could any fuchsia expert please explain exactly what I am doing wrong. Or am I just unlucky??


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