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Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 10:36

Like everyone here I always read all the gardening sections of newspapers, online and wherever we find them.

I quite often read the same 'solutions' that are often wrong or badly explained. Can you add that you have found or are just silly?

I will start with 'cluster your pots together during a frost for protection'

Plants do not release heat, so those pots all need to be in sun for a few hours to store any heat to provide any protection. Clustering pots anywhere where the pots themselves are not in sun is wasting your time.

Under trees

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 22:11

"The area is open,about two metres by three and almost 2m (height)clearance but gets almost no sun because of the yew canopy, and the proximity of the (2m close-boarded) school fence"


Ok, I was thinking out of the box and a hardy Agave. Agave americana medio picta alba would actually do OK in a dry spot. It is hardy to -10C and  does not require full sun.

Under trees

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 12:20

How sunny and open is it under the trees?

Which Nerine is this?

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 11:42

I still say Nerine alba - possibly 'Ella K'

Which Nerine is this?

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 20:55

Looks like Nerine Alba (alba meaning white). I keep my bog standard bowdenii in terracotta pots near my house and they do fine. Flowering in their pink glory at the moment, if battered somewhat with the past winds!

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 09:44

You have to be a member of the RHS to send them a sample to ID.  Technically sending them a Schedule 9 plant is illegal as it includes 'activities that disturb the vegetation and underlying soil.' A bit cyclical if you want to ID them I know!

It is not an offence to have Schedule 9 plant species growing on your land and there is no legal requirement to control them. Remember that garden favourites like Rhododendrons, Azalea, False Acacia, Gunnera and Virginia Creeper are on the list.

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 08:55

Lot of mis-information on Knotweed on here.

There are no notifiable plants in the UK - The Plant Health Act 1967 legislates for 'problem plants'

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 states that it is an offence to "plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild" any plant listed in Schedule nine, Part II of the Act. That list includes Japanese Knotweed. You can grow it in your garden but cannot grow it outside of a garden nor put any cuttings into the council recycling etc.

Japanese Knotweed is not difficult to eradiacate if you control it. Assiduously removing shoots kills it. Some people are lazy and let it grow and spread.

If you have Japanese Knotweed then do not send it to the RHS or anyone else. Contact your local authority and ask them for advice.

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.

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