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Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:24

You can restrict roots in the ground by planting the Fig in an old washing machine cylinder - the big circle bit with holes in it. That allows the roots to be constrained by the water to drain and can be picked up for free/cheap.

Cotinus Coggyria grown as a standard

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 11:30

A neighbour has one (or had as they never watered it this summer!).

I would start shaping it now - pic in site below to give you an idea.


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 09:34

The 'best' heater would be an electric fan operated one with a thermostat set at 7C with a view of the whole greenhouse staying above 5C. There is no need ot set it above that as the plants do not need it with the amount and duration of light in winter. The fan helps spread the heat around the grenehouse and not at one spot. They are expensive to run but cheaper than buying new plants! Bubble wrap will also help keep the heat in.

I do not have electricity down in my greenhouse and use 2 paraffin heaters. It is a matter of switiching them on and hoping for the best tbh as there is no control.

I find a wooden floor 'warmer' than stone, but if the sun can get to a floor stone then it is possible that the heat is stored in them and released when dark.

If you want to be adventurous then you can try a heat sink system - you will need to google that as it is too complex to explain.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:01

Provado is systemic and after watering it should get to the roots.

Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:00

I live next to a woodland and get Teasels growing all the time. I left a few last year and one is 8ft tall by 6ft wide this year. Bees certainly love the purple flowers. I will be cutting it down soon as it is too big and is shredding the leaves on my plants.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 09:46

They live in gardens, preferring warm walls to rest on. Going out at dusk with a torch and looking on walls, pots and plants with notches cut into the leaves should reveal a few. I caught 12 the other night. The nibble lots of things, Clematis as it is on my wall is often attacked. I know most of my Vine weevil came in last year via a Magnolia plant that was healthy then just faded. The whole thing just came out when I wondered why it failed when it was perfectly looked after and I found grubs and promptly disposed of the soil, too late to stop the others that escaped. I can understand why some people remove all the soil from newly purchased plants to stop that sort of thing happening.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:29
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

. This one looks like a very invasive type that I see in people's gardens it grows very very tall and is extremely invasive.. Make sure you get it all dig deep!!

It looks similar but is not Sasa is just Common Reed - best not to alarm people Stacey.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:01

Does not look like Bamboo to me with the way the leaves are growing up the stem and the way it is fanning out from the centre. It reminds me more of a type of Water Reed or some native.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 13:11
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Never known the corkscrews to straighten out - can't see how that's possible 

What can happen is that suckers from the rootstock grow and are not removed, these grow straight as in the ordinary hazel, and they will then 'take over' the shru and dominate.  They should be pruned off or better still pulled down and away from the stock at their base as this will remove the growing point. 

Fresh growth is more convulated than the older stems, which thicken and naturally  get less twisted. The colour also fades.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:47

Twisted Hazel (corylus avellana Contorta) is normally sold grafted, so make sure that you do not bury above the join. As the roots are grafted onto a less rigourous Hazel species and you do need to prune the tree to keep the twists fresh and not turn into straight branches, the roots are fine and should not damage foundations.

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