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How do I take and grow cuttings of Smoke Tree (royal Purple) please?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:48

I have propagated both by semi-ripe cuttings. You take a 6-8 inch cutting with this years growth on it and bury the bottom 4 inch or so in the soil. The highest chance of getting them to root is in a propagator with bottom heat, out of direct sunshine, kept watered but not too much. A coldframe does work with the above conditions but takes months to root and they sometimes leaf without roots and then die quickly.

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 13:06
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I wonder if, as a species, we'll ever grow out of superstition and stop looking outside of ourselves to blame, thank or worship.

You been reading Larkin?

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 12:04

The Church of England also has its many, many sex scandals:

Groups of muslim immigrants groom and rape white girls (actually all over Europe as cases are showing) for years and years, with left wing apologists covering up for them.

It all shows that no religion is immune.

The God awful Rowan Williams was so non Christian and militant left that he invited muslims to churches and said Sharia law should be allowed in the UK - what sort of leader does that? A very poor one who should have been shot down years before.


Aldi plants

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 21:18

It is a shame nutcutlet as they do seem to get a good variety of plants at times. it is about the only thing I ever buy from them. Their bareoot hedge plants are very good and great value.

Aldi plants

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 20:35

I suggest getting the plants from Aldi early as the staff never seem to look after them.

I would avoid the Lavender standard as it is not going to last long. Olive does fine in full sun. The rest need indoors over winter and probably most of spring and autumn, for example the Chinotto and Lemon. Not really worth it!

My castor oil plant

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 15:43

Do you mean Fatsia japonica or Ricinus? The former is false castor and is hardy and the latter castor and is not hardy at all.

Fatsia are hardy but need well draining soil in winter. Theleaves wilt when frosted but recover.

If it has mould then you would see it going black.

Infill for raised beds

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 12:36

It depends on what you are growing. If the plants do not need 60cm of soil then filling with rubble will add drainage and lessens the amount of soil required overall.

Beachgrove Garden

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 16:24

It is Beechgrove not beachgrove!

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 13:56

Everyone seems to forget that if you prune a hedge that inhibits potential root formation. In heavy clay Beech is not a good idea so I would use Hornbeam. It keeps it leaves and looks smart when established (at least 3 years after planting depending on initial plant size).

Hornbeam can be kept less than 20cm thick, roots are not a problem (in clay soil you want it to soak up water much of the time), so that is the hedge plant that I would suggest. It does look very similar to Beech and also keeps its leaves.

For privacy laurel is good but it gets very thick, to thick unless you have 1-2 metre at least to let it get thick. Thuja is also worth a look at - it takes a good prune and is a great privacy screen, Bamboo is also another good screen for urban gardens and it is light enough to let light in.


Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:25
discodave wrote (see)

Thought peat based compost was a bad thing...?

Peat is very good for plants as it soaks up excess water and this prevents plants from rotting, hence it is great for young plants and seedlings.

As peat takes time to accumulate it is seen as bad for the environment to use it, even though it has been used for millenia as heating and soil improvement.

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