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Latest posts by BILLYC

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.



Posted: 25/09/2013 at 09:02

Pete8 - Thank you for all the advice.

Verdun - Sorry I wouldn't know how to post a picture I'm hopeless with computers. Anyway I don't think it would help. Plants mostly just green foliage. Bought from B&Q so no specific variety just labeled `Dianthus`.

Thanks for replying anyway.



Posted: 24/09/2013 at 09:32

I planted 150 or so Dianthus in 30 pots at start of Summer. After they had finished flowering I cut them back. They have now begun to develop new foliage & some plants are showing new bud development & signs of re-flowering.

I am a novice where plants are concerned. I thought Dianthus were annuals & where thrown away after they had finished flowering?

Do Dianthus flower every year?

Can I overwinter these plants? If so; How do I do that? I do not have a greenhouse but a relatively frost-free car-port.

If overwintering; Do I water plants throughout winter?




Posted: 10/09/2013 at 15:00

I planted a honeysuckle last year which is growing fairly well & has flowered this year. Recently the leaves on the plant have turned black.

Any ideas what's wrong??? I fed the plant at start of spring with a little Growmore nothing else.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:20

I have a Michaelmas Daisy (Bahamas) that is about 4 years old. The plant has flowered profusely every year. This year it grew quite healthily to a height of about 3 ft. No buds or flowers appeared & the plant began to go brown & wither from ground level upwards.

Rightly or wrongly I have cut the plant back to ground level.

Why hasn't the plant fowered & have I done the right thing by cutting it back? 


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 11:38

At the start of the Summer I bought 300 Busy Lizzies (Not the New Guinea variety) from Tesco's. At time of purchase I did not know that these plants where highly prone to to the airborne BL virus. Once I found out I received a full refund. However, the plants could not be returned as they had already been planted out in borders, pots & hanging baskets.

Pretty soon the plants began to either die off or struggle to survive. The ones that didn't die where in a very sorry state, flowers formed but quickly died off, plants remained small & showed no sign of the prolific spreading out. It was obvious that all the plants showed the classic signs of the virus infection.

Now, suddenly three months later, the surviving plants - I would guess about 70% - are a revelation They are growing prolifically, bushing out, healthy with hundreds of flowers with no sign of any disease.

I was under the impression that once this virus infected Busy Lizzies there was no hope for them. Yet these plants seemed to have survived the virus & somehow become healthy again. Does this mean that BLs are becoming resistant to this infection? If so is there hope for BLs next year?

Before people write in & say that perhaps the plants were not  infected in the first place I can assure you that ALL plants where infected. The vast majority planted in borders in close proximity of one another so virus would be easily transferred from plant to plant.

Any expert horticulturalist (not educated guesses) out there who could explain this?????   


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:23

I have two Rhododendrons growing vigorously in ericaceous compost in pots on my patio. They will soon outgrow their pots.

I intend transplanting them into my garden but my soil is not suitable for Rhodedendrons. I intend  transplanting plants into larger cheap plastic pots topping up with ericaceous compost, digging two large holes & planting  plant & POT in the holes. This is to try & prevent contamination of the ericaceous compost with my alkaline garden soil. This is something I have thought up (I am a novice gardener) & have no idea whether it will work.

Any advice? Experts only please as these plants are my wife's favourite. If anything happens to them I am a dead man.

If OK what is the best time of year to do it?


Discussions started by BILLYC

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Advice Needed

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Advice Needed

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Bedding Plants

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Black leaves. 
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What's wrong with this plant? 
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Busy Lizzie Virus 
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Wilting badly 
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