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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??



Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:20

Following advice on this website I intend, for the first time, to take fuchsia cutting as follows;

Take cuttings about September & put in water. Once roots have grown pot on in 8cm (3") pots.

My question is this; What then??? I do not have greenhouse only car-port. Can I leave them in car-port over winter? Do I water them? Do I re-pot in bigger pots? The fuchsias are hardy.

Any advice appreciated.



Advice Needed

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:43

Thank you all for replying much appreciated. I think I've slipped up anyway I planted 13 cuttings in 8cm pots. Within 1 hour they had all wilted. Just didn't know about putting them in water instead of compost. Will try water method around September. 

Advice Needed

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:33

MuddyFork & obelix - Thanks for advice much appreciated. 

Advice Needed

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 09:28

I planted dahlias for the first time ever this season.

I planted them (bedding plants) in a multi purpose compost, with a teaspoon of bone meal, in pots. I pinched out each plant before planting.

The plants have grown famously, lush green & very healthy looking. My problem is that they are mostly green leaves with not very many flower buds. The buds produced are very small & the large growth of foliage is smothering these buds.

Can I do anything to rectify this problem? Is this common for dahlias to grow this way or is it something I have done wrong? Maybe I shouldn't have pinched them out because the buds & flowers are hidden in the foliage. Any advice would be appreciated.

Advice Needed

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 09:11

For the first time ever I have taken plant cuttings. Following a video on You Tube I have taken cuttings from existing established fuchsias & potted them on.

Hopefully the plants will have taken root by the end of the summer. My question is this; What should I do with them then? Overwinter in same pots? Transfer to bigger pots & overwinter? Or put them in the borders at end of summer? Any advice would be appreciated.

Bedding Plants

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:05

Just bought 500 Verbena & Dahlia bedding plants from supermarket. They are about 8cm (3") high. I intend planting out in pots & borders in the next week or two. Do I pinch them out before planting out? Also any tips about growing these plants as I have never grown them before.


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Rhododendron Problem

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