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Anyone grown one of these?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:13

Wisteria usually become very large plants - I cannot imagine why a label would say 60 cms, several meters would be more like it.  They are grown often on very firm wires across the front of a house or on a wall.  A trellis would have to be very heavyweight to take the weight of the plant and its flowers once it starts to flower.  Amethyst Falls I believe can have trusses of flowers up to 15 - 18 inches long, so you can imagine how big the plant is going to get.  It is true that you can grow them in a large tub and train them as a tree shape, but I know nothing about how that is done.  Don't expect flowers in the immdediate future, this is another lovely plant with which you need to  be patient, it will need to settle and grow the roots which will be big enough to support the plant - it will need good feeding and careful pruning as well, to get the best from it.

My friend has a beauty which grows over 2 sides of her house - all from one plant - and it flowers gloriously - but it is BIG, so please be prepard for that.

There are some very good books and websites devoted to the growing of wisteria, which you may find infirmative.   I do not have one, but I know the pruning is essential for good flowering.  Have fun and enjoy.


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:07

Mine are just coming inot bud, I don't expect full flowering until well into July or even August - and this year they got off to a late start.  Patience is a virtue with agapanthus, as with many other plants.  If they are now filling their pots they should flower - they do like to be rather tightly potted, and until they fill their pots they will concentrate on making new roots and leaves and then they will flower.  If they werre really pretty small when you got them, it may be a year or two yet before they do so.  


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:04

No, that's what they often do, you will probably get more courgettes from the plant as the summer goes on, if you feed and water it - and we get some sunshine.  They can be very prolific producers given the opportunity, but they do need rich feeding - I have grown them on top of a compost heap before - but not where I currently live.  I don't think you can over feed them, pelleted chicken manure is good, and so is seaweed liquid feed for veggies.    Once they really get going, I hope you like courgettes!!

Greenhouse Spares

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:01

Try Two Wests and Elliot, they make all sorts of bits for greenhouses, and are very willing to give advice as well. 

Replanting/moving rock roses

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:00

Probably now now while they are busy flowering - having said that, I have moved things when you shouldn't and got away with it.  If it must be done now, prepare the new place for them first, dig them up with as much soil and root as possible, and drop them straight in the new place. Give them a good watering, and - and this sounds dreadful but is needful - remove as many flowers as possible.  You canot ask the plant to make new roots, move to a new position and support flowers as well, too much to do.   If yu can wait a while, then when the flowering has ceased,  cut the rock roses back and move as before.   Better yet, do them in spring, but I suspect that will be too far away for your needs.   You can grow herbs in pots while you wait, in fact many of them do as well, if not better, in pots than in the ground.  Which herbs do you hope to grow?  Some need moist conditions and others anything but - and it may be better to do those in the autumn too - but I know how it is when the mood strikes. 

Best fruit cage materials?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:23

No idea just now, it's been in situ for quite a long time now - I think it is the heavy at 25 mm, but as in all these things, try to buy the best you can afford - it will pay you in the end.  I had to replace my old one as I forgot to put the wide netting on the roof for the winter, and the weight of the  snow bent the previous poles in half!  So, do buy wide winter netting to keep the pigeons out, and put it up so you can get the roof netting on and off easily - or you won't,  because you will be cold and tired and don't think snow weighs that much ............ and be in trouble just as I was!

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:22

No not at all, better than some of the boring things some people get excited about - it is at least important to the garden and recycling - and here is one of the few places you can get excited about it!!

See what you mean about the height of the compost bin, I was thinking more about a heap ...................

Identification help needed

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:58

Pretty though isn't it?  However, not in the beds - get rid.

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:57

P.S. You can pee in a bowl and dilute that if being female makes standing over the bin difficult!!! Friends with small children who are still not shy are useful, the kiddiwinkles love peeing in the heap - as long as they understand that is the only place they can do it in a garden!!

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:55

You can put just about anything in your compost bin except cooked food - that will encourage rats and those I am sure you do not want.  How long it takes to break down will depend upon how hot it gets in there, and how big the bin is.  I would not put perrenial weeds in, things like dock, ground elder and so on, as home compost bins don't - on the whole - get hot enough to kill the seeds, and then all you do is spread seeds all over your garden when you use it - not pretty!  Add eggshells, crushed to help them break down, chop cauliflower type stems as they are big and take time, dry leaves, add some water if it doesn't rain, and turn regularly - a heavy job that I cannot do so as others say, add your lawn trimmings in small amounts with screwed up paper and so on.

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