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Latest posts by blairs

Christmas trees...

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 10:44

We have an artificial tree inside but both my children have a live one outside (Picea glauca concia) which I put some lights around that they make some edible decorations for the birds.

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:45

My parents house was on the estate of several medieval country houses (still standing) and I used to find old pottery in the garden all the time. I used to bring back old chimney pots for my mum to pot up, found around the old rose garden and around the walled gardens.

Years later the local paper had a story on how the local hall had one of the best collections of medieval and Jacobean chimney pots  but these had been systematically depleted over the years by thieves...seems over the years I had been robbing valuable and rare chimney pots for me mum to put woolworths bedding into.

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 08:43

That is good advice and I have some Wild Cherry trees that I can shield bud the Japanese buds onto...I will give it a try.

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:57

I have a few weeping cherry trees (Prunus kiku-Shidra-Zakura) that to maintain their form I need to prune. Ideally I would like to propagate them using these cuttings.

From what I have read they can only be rooted via air layering or softwood cuttings. It is too late for the latter (though I could wait till spring). Has anyone airlayered successfully or rooted cherry from hardwood cuttings?

camellia

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:44

Defo a Photinia - those flowers should come in white. The yellowing leaves are a sign of nutrient stress, normally lack of nitrogen. A weak nitrogen feed would help it ticking along till spring.

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:38
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

If it's caterpillars they will be on the plants all the time.  What does the damage look like?

And they will leave little poo pellets that are a give away...maybe it is Vine Weevil.

I have found that opening the vents and doors during the day helps condensation. Insulation (bubble wrap) does help - at least it stops it dropping on the plants. Since I put tin foil on the floor of the GH that has also helped reduce condensation in my GH.

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:33

I am worried about the soil being waterlogged. I would take it out the pot and improve the drainage and squeeze the roots to get rid of excess water. With the improved drainage (stones, vermiculite, gravel or whaterver) and put the Acer back in the same pot. It will not be growing until spring and a quick way to kill them is waterlogging.

green house design, advice and experiences please

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:45

I have a wooden greenhouse with polycarbonate glazing. It is warmer than a metal frame and glass glazed greenhouse. You can hang things like insulation directly onto wooden frames. Polycarbonate as double glazed offers better insulation in winter and as the glazing is slightly opaque, you get the light but not full on glaze that glass offers.

Size depends on what you want to grow. I plant to dig down in my GH to get extra height and that also offers extra insulation.

NAME N SHAME

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:42

I have not had any problems with GardeningExpress. I do not like paying £8 P&P but that is my choice of using them or not.

T&M plants tend to be small, too small for my liking and they often do not tell you the size of pot/plant that you should expect. Any problems have always been quickly resolved. There is no such thing as 'free'. You are paying £5-6 for the bulbs and a little for postage. In a GC you would get them cheaper! If you fall for their advertising then caveat emptor.

J Parkers - no issues and for bulbs they are very good. Plants are much larger than T&M and all have thrived.

I tend to use specialist seed and plant suppliers, all of whom I would recommend and would be happy to name but am not sure if this is the right place.

Cordyline indivisa

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 09:33

Keep it in the pot until spring, as you want to avoid overpotting with its problems of root rot. It would actually prefer to go in the ground - it should turn into a lovely tree within 5 years.

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