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Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 16:25

There is no such thing as a notifiable plant. Human diseases, yes, plants no.

Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:04

'Soft Caress' is the best for pots as it is soft,  all the others are all rigid and liable to cut you. My 'Charity' makes me bleed every year and that is in the ground so it will be worse in a pot.

I actually do not think that Mahonia has a pleasant smell - rather harsh honeyish scent.

Planting an azalea

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 10:11

I have Orange King - very hardy. Plant now. Pick a spot with good winter drainage but dampish in summer or with some shade.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 20:42

I also say not to wrap pots and never wrap any part of a plant as that is a one way ticket to rot. I pin bubble wrap to the wooden surround in my GH with tacks. It helps stop any condensation from dripping on the plants as it tends to build up behind the bubblewrap.

Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 19:10
Berghill wrote (see)

Peat based ones are the worse for Vine weevil grubs.

Be careful with Provado, it still kills bees.

There is a difference between Provado insecticide and Provado Vine Weevil solutions.

Planting an azalea

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:43

There are non-hardy Azalea. Is it flowering now? Azalea indica are the non-hardy ones, though I have one outside for over 2 years now with little issue, though it does not flower outside after the first frosts. Azalea japonica tend to be hardy.

Advice needed please

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:11
Alex 4 wrote (see)
Sarcococca hookeriana var.digyna sounds like a good one - what do you think?

Thanks for that.

I have that in a pot. It suckers slowly, so manageable. They do best in shade, so why waste it in a sunny spot?

I would plant a nice coloured Phormium - pink, yellow or the like. It will brighten up the spot, is evergreen and reasonably different.

Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:34

Agree with silver Surfer, very likely to be Vine Weevil grubs. I also have the problem this year. They burrow into the tuber. I found a dozen when lifting them and found 6 when I checked on them again yesterday. Provado Vine Weevil killer is the poison that kills them.

Tree fern

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:40

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21578

Tree fern

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:07

Tree ferns cover a large amount of possible ferns, most of whom are not that hardy. The hardiest is Dicksonia antarctica. The fronds on those are hardy till -3C and the growing point until -5/-8C depending on location and overhead cover.  Unless there is sustained freezing for days then there is no need to fleece a Dicksonia...an old blanket is all that is really needed to cover the growth point.

Given that the current mild weather is forecast to stay until at least the end of next week, I would not cut off green fronds for the sake of some uninformed commentators on an online forum. Straw only works by getting it thick enough to rot down and thus release heat. It also attracts vermin and pests to the growing point. It would be better to make a cage using chicken wire and stuffing that with straw. I would only do that if 2010 type of weather was forecast as it is overkill.

It is crucial to keep the tree fern damp all year round. More die of drying out than cold weather.

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