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Acer

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:09

Debbie, no do not pot up now as that can cause drainage issues by overpotting and the Acer dies. I would leave it until early spring then repot if needed. I would not change the soil needlessly either. They just prefer acidic soil rather than need it, so the GC was kind of right though they did sell you expensive ericaious when it did not really need it.

rotovator

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 16:21

How often will you use it? If you do not have a field or business then I doubt that you will use it yearly.

compost use

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 16:20

Certainly re-use as a mulch. I always check for vine weevils and other pests first as you do not want to give them fresh food!

rotovator

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 11:00

Never heard of that make...you sure you have the right name?

I've discovered something

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:29

I have a large woodland and park near my house. I would like some ferns to introduce themselves (there is a lot in the woodland) but that has not happened yet. I always get tree seedlings coming up...I plant them back in the woodland and around my town.It is nice to see some trees that you have grown when you walk/drive by, sad when they are removed.

The nicest things to self grow are Holly,  wild orchids (seem to grow from rhizomes), Pine and Yew seedlings.

Oops I'm in the dog house

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:14

Why did the spade break? If the soil is clay then use a fork to break it up, not a spade...I have lost 3 spades with my soil whilst the forks are all still going strong.

 

I am always getting in trouble for spending money on the 'stupid garden'! Too many plants, compost, mulch, feeds, tools, heater for greenhouse etc. Yet there are complaints when something does not look right - gardeners cannot win.

Acer

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:10

Double post.

Acer

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:09

They need a sheltered spot - I wonder if the leaves are suffering wind burn. If the soil is damp and the leaves browning and look dry then it sounds like wind damage.

They need well draining soil. There are a large variety of Acers and all prefer but do not need acidic soil as KEF has said. If the pot is waterlogged then you tend to also get branch dieback, though wind damage can also induce that.

I would check drainage and make sure your Acer is in a sheltered spot. It should put out new leaves in early spring.

Lost,stolen or strayed?

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 08:41

Every forum has a churn. Ideally you have a mix of very experienced, experienced. middling and newbies. I have not detected any animosity here, sure we may have different POV but that is healthy.

Dierama/agapanthus plants: plant now or leave til spring?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 08:33

Agapanthus Bridal Bouquet is white flowering (as the name suggests) and the leaves get damaged in frost. I had them in a cold greenhouse and the late frosts in spring zapped a lot of the leaves putting the plants back by months this year, so I would say a frost free greenhouse rather than cold, if possible. Otherwise if a hard frost is forecast I suggest bringing them indoors/garage till the hard frosts stop.

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