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Sorry looking good heuchea

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 14:34

Why are there no leaves left on it? Did it dry out or get really frosted? If not then give the stem a tug to check the roots. If it is loose or comes away then check for vine weevil grubs. They do re-root well in spring.

growing fatsia japonica from cuttings

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 14:25

Air layering certainly works, here is a how to and other links:

They do grow fast from seed, and there are a lot of flowering Fatsia around to get free fresh seed from.

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 11:56

I have wood and polycarbonate and use a mix of hot soapy water, bleach and Dettol. I also tend to throw in a little salt to kill algae and deter slugs.

Hedge for clay

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 11:04

Ditto with above - Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Beech and Holly in my clay soi. Seabuckthorn does well in clay soil and has edible berries. I added some red dogwood into my hedge to add winter colour and trained it through the hedge.

Garden worms in indoor pots

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 23:23

I also say not a problem. Far worse is overwintering pests like green/white fly, other flies or caterpillars.

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:12

Ask to take or be given some cuttings from the garden to grow and sell on. Unusual plants will command more money. People like fillers, so anything small sells well or has something going for it - Crassula/Money tree for good luck, Sweetpea for perfume and the like.

Dahlia tubers dried & wrinkled

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:50

I lift my Dahlia in November and regrow in Feb/March, so the dormancy period is as short as possible. I left them, allow the soil to dry off, cut off what needs to go and then repot with soil. That keeps the tubers turgid. I would not store them bone dry. So I advise you to repot with dryish compost. but keep them dark.

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:48

trillium2cv  is correct. Buy the firmest tubers as they will be the most prone to grow well. Storing them in a pot with compost is perfect, as they will get some moisture.

What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:34

DItto or prob a Willowherb.

Moving a sorbus tree

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:32

How long has the Sorbus (Rowan?Ash?) been in the ground? Roots will be a major issue the longer it has been there. If you really want to keep the Sorbus (they can be weeds) then I would transplant the Sorbus now before leaf growth and sap rising. If you transplant it from one hole to another and apply feed I doubt it will harm it, assuming you are not destroying lots of mature roots.

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