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Raspberry Canes on Allotment

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:34

Having a think... bare root Raspberry canes can sometimes through out runner, so it looks like you have had no growth then find a cane sprouting in another part of the border. So something to watch.

What are your favourite plants from gc bargain section?

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:31

Acers reduced from £20 to £1, Bamboo from £40 to 50p. Bulbs for 10p per pack. A good time to buy is after Christmas as people head towards the High Street, dead to the GC and you will get a deal.

Raspberry Canes on Allotment

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 10:33

" Currently they are in bags in my kitchen sitting in bowls of water"

Not good as they will be drowning. Bare roots do not really need to be in water prior to planting if the soil is wet in winter...only if in spring. Put the canes in pots with compost: they can stay like that for months.

sambucca black lace

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 22:23

As everyone has said, this is normal. As long as you can see buds then it wil grow back next year. They respond well to pruning, though I like mine tall. One of my favourite plants.

Pruning acers

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 22:21

I prune mine like a fruit tree, so cutting back now back to a bud, where it will bush out next year. Feel free to prune back to buds all over the tree to give it the size you want. I am not easy at pruning like so many people are, but it works on this tree and you need it to work for you It will look fine when the leaves are back in spring.

Pruning acers

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 21:00

@tim burr - Acer Crimson Sentry is different to Acer palmatum, a Japanese maple. Acer Crimson sentry is a palatnoide, so tall and tree like. You can prune them hard just like a fruit tree to keep them small.

Pruning acers

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 19:42

After the first hard frosts is best. The sap will be low then. You can try hardwood cutting with the removed branches.

garden furniture

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 19:38

Hardwood decking will cope, the cheap softwood decking will mark easily. Sticky felt pads will work but will fall off after the first rain. I would use rubber and use a waterproof glue like araldite.

Potting my bamboo

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 18:56
Georg Faust wrote (see)
blairs wrote (see)

Looks likea Phyllostachys, possibly Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureocaulis)

Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) has very different leaves to Sasa.

I have several of both plants in my garden. The two leaves at the left are Golden bamboo, the one on the right is Sasa...

Typically, the leaves of Golden bamboo are 20-25mm in width. Sasa is much bigger, typically 80mm in width.

But your bamboo might be something else.

Your right - re looking at the plant, the leaves are very large! Much larger than Golden Bamboo.

Potting my bamboo

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 09:51

Looks likea Phyllostachys, possibly Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureocaulis)

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