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My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 15:21
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've found a guaranteed way to get something to grow is to buy a replacement - it will then grow and you will have twice as many as you needed 


I like the style!

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:50

How deep in the pot did you plant the tubers, have you been keeping them damp and are the tubers solid?

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 18:54

Pleached trees are £££ and only a screen during summer.

You want an evergreen screen like Bamboo. Wne established it can easily get to 4-5 metres.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 18:51

I would not jump to saying that the soil is too 'limey' as yellowing of Camellia is also a symptom of overwatering and wind burn. They also can yellow as the old leaves fall off and they are putting on a lot of new growth now. I would also say that Camellia are one of the few plants that need ericacious soil -

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:28

A lot of companies send out packets of seeds with no instructions. They expect you to look on the internet.

My Tithonia packet says ''needs light to germinate''...nothing for a week. I put it in the airing cupboard for 2 days and full germination in full darkness! Some seeds say difficult to germinate and all come up within days whilst 'easy' seeds can confound and never grow!

problems with bamboo

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 15:15

They do go yellow now in spring as they produce new growth and it has been windy. I would keep them well watered and fed.

Mini Greenhouse - door open or closed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:49

Obviously zip it up during the day if it is windy or it can blow over/away regardless of how heavy the pots inside it are.

Mini Greenhouse - door open or closed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:45

I take it they are all very small? Otherwise they are all hardy and can go out now.

help with ornamental tree choice

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 22:08

I also like Choisya. Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl' has to my eye a slightly more attractive 'tropical' look to its leaves and is also evergreen. Not sure if it has a scent like ternatta though.

I have 2 winter box (Sarcococca confusa and Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'). The latter has a pleasant scent in winter. Both are evergreen and look pleasant and very low maintainance.

Conifers perishing?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:54

It would not be acidic/ericaceous soil if it had lime in it (such as spent mushroom compost). I would ditch the limestone and use something else as drainage. The browning can just be wind burn, lack/too much water or frost damage. A lot of confiers have browned new growth from the late frosts earlier in April. Depending on type of conifer I would be tempted to prune it off. New growth might just hide it though.

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