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echium pininana

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 22:25

From experience they will looks a lot better in the next coming months. They prefer full sun and good drainage.  Bottom leaves browning is not an issue as we are still in winter!

Growing with Coir

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:48

IKEA sells Coir quite cheaply - look for 'kokosnot' in the plant aisle.

Growing with Coir

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 08:53

"Have used it , but did not like it seemed to dry out to quick , might be OK mixed with ordinary compost or those water retention cystals "


Right tool for the right job. Plants that need well draining soil love coir, so why bother adding water retention materials when its job is to drain well (though it is also water retentive). Coir is also good in seed germination for that reason. Add some Perlite and a little compost and it reduces dampening off.


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 08:47

By law mailing list must have an 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom - click on that to stop the 'spam'.

4 TIER Compact growhouse.

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 08:44

Open the zip when you see condensation. Anything native is hardy. Liatris is best in the ground as it dislikes root disturbance.

Sunflowers should do well - they also fill up space in summer!

4 TIER Compact growhouse.

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 20:20

If it is next to a south facing wall then by April it will pretty much be frost free, so I suggest summer seedlings or bedding.

Talkback: How to plant a tree fern

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 14:33

Is it in a pot or in the ground?

Talkback: How to plant a tree fern

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 12:45

More of these are killed by protecting than frost!

The crown needs to be kept damp at all times as that is the growing point. So saying that you protected it - has it been kept dry for months?

To check if it has life then feel the crown - you should feel the knuckles of new growth.

Remove all 'protection' unless temperatures are forecast below -4C.

The fronds (they are not leaves) are hardy to -3C and the crown less than that but protecting the crown with overhead cover/fleece during the worst of the weather will help.

Garden Idea Help

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 11:07

If you wanted privacy then why did you remove the conifer in the first place? It will take 10 years+ for you to get an real privacy back whatever you plant.

Living fence

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 17:33

Willows roots are an issue near houses and drains but the living fence, with its root competition, constant pruning and juvenilsation, means that the roots are not an issue. The Willow is never allowed to grow full size, hence the roots are much smaller.

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