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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:06

I am about to plant out geranium bedding plants which are about 3 inches high. Every time I grow geraniums they end up straggly & leggy. Should I pinch out plants now or wait till plants are more established?

Please could someone explain in detail how you actually pinch out geraniums as this is very confusing. Do you pinch out the centre or what & how tall should the plant be be when you do it??????



Posted: 02/04/2012 at 10:56

I had a honeysuckle for many years. It grew very vigorously producing hundreds of buds but not one flower. Eventually I dug it up.

I am about to plant a new honeysuckle. Can anyone explain why the first honeysuckle never flowered? What, if anything, did I do wrong? And some advice on planting this new plant to avoid what happened the first time.  Thanks. 


Posted: 24/03/2012 at 11:08

Is there a weed killer available that will kill couch grass in the lawn without harming other grasses? I personally have never heard of one.


Posted: 13/03/2012 at 10:01

Thank you Fonzie. I have explored the use of chemical deterrents but unfortunately they are far too expensive for me. I have followed Dean Lovett's advice & have not yet applied any fertiliser. I have also applied Sulphate of Iron to hopefully act as a irritant as you describe. Up to now I have not seen any wormcasts. Fingers crossed. What happens when I apply fertiliser (I must do as the grass is virtually nonexistent) is anyones guess. Thanks for the advice


Posted: 09/03/2012 at 09:47

Could anyone tell me what the chilli pepper symbol means on the forum index??????

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 12:43

Could someone tell me what the chilli pepper symbol means on the forum index????


Posted: 07/03/2012 at 12:34

I intend growing geraniums in pots this season. I buy my plants from B&Q in cell trays. I need advice regarding pinching out to avoid plants going leggy. I have not grown them before. I read somewhere that geraniums produce more flowers if they are left unwatered. Should I leave them to virtually dry out before watering? What is the feeding (if any) & watering programme? I usually mix in Growmore to the compost before planting bedding plants. Is this OK for geraniums???? 


Posted: 07/03/2012 at 12:18

I have the same problem & agree with what has been said. Moss likes shady, damp conditions & poor drainage. Try this - Apply Sulphate of Iron 4oz sq. yard to the moss area. After a short time the moss will turn black & die. Throughily scarify the area till no moss remains. Dig aeration holes with a fork lifting up the sod will do no harm (trust me) although initially it will look awful. Apply a mixture of compost & sharp sand (not builders sand) 50/50 to the area. Resow with a shade tolerate grass seed.

Note! Apply Sulphate of Iron periodically throughout the year.

For a more radical approach try relaying area with a broad leaf meadow turf or even couch grass. Both of which seem to grow fairly well under trees.  


Posted: 21/02/2012 at 17:23

Sahira Ward - Thank you for this web page. At last a possible chemical solution. But albeit a very costly one. Intend exploring use of Sulphur95 & Carbenzamin. Whatever these products are.


Posted: 21/02/2012 at 16:34

Please forgive me if I sound rude it is not my intention. However it would help matters if the problem was understood in the first place.

It is no use telling me to "wait for a dry day" to brush off casts when I have already said that they are permently wet due to shade. Neither is it any use telling me to fertilise the lawn when I  already do this.

up51r - Going by your comments I would suggest that you are the one bing rude.

moonchild2 - Please read my posts. I once had a beautiful almost golf green standard lawn so it is certainly not a lost battle. Your comments are simply unhelpful & some, of the more cynical, might say rather rude. 

HOLEDIGGER - Thank you for your comments. I don't think this will work but once again thank you.

denise butcher - Thank you for your sympathy at least you have first hand experience of the problem.

jim ansell - Chemicals are available to deter, not eradicate worms, from lawns. But, to my knowledge, only under licence.(golf clubs, bowling clubs)

Once again thank you for your help. Well most of you anyway. Lets put this to bed now. The worms have won.

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