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Talkback: How to protect plants over winter

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 23:34

oh and move the pots beside the sunny wall of the house as close as you can to the house for protection, if thats not possible then under a large tree, this will give it some added protection

Talkback: How to protect plants over winter

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 23:32

you could try tying up all the leaves vertically, then form a cage from chicken wire attatching it to the trunk, pack straw into the cage and form a lollipop, seal the wire cage with string or wire and then as overkill wrap the whole cage in fleece, thats how i wrap my tender palms and havent lost one yet

canna

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 23:06

Hi chica, when I lift my cannas I remove all the soil off them and split the roots so that I have 2 or 3 shoots on each section, that way they will be a more manageable size for repotting in feb into pots to get them started early in the greenhouse. Don't forget to cut off all the leaves down to about 3 inches, make sure they are dry and then store them in a cool frost free place.

Ive never allowed the leaves to die back down into the root but havent found any lack of vigour or flowers because of it

Alstroemeria overwintering

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 23:01

I have a number of alstromerias and have left some in the ground for the last 4 winters, its been down to -10 for the last few winters here, i just put a heavy mulch of manure over them to protect them, the ones i have in pots i just move under a large tree and allow them to die back and pile the old growth on top of the pot to give it some protection. ( the soil here is very free draining, if you have a heavy damp soil they may not survive so well)

Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:30
Hi chica, when I lift my cannas I remove all the soil off them and split the roots so that I have 2 or 3 shoots on each section, that way they will be a more manageable size for repotting in feb into pots to get them started early in the greenhouse. Don't forget to cut off all the leaves down to about 3 inches, make sure they are dry and then store them in a cool frost free place

Greenhouse

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 23:32

Hi Pam,

i went through this very thing last year, i ended up going for an alumimium frame with glass, i trawled through eBay for weeks tring to find one secondhand in my area and got a 12ft x 8ft for 200 pounds, it meant i had to go and dismantle it myself and get it home but doing that made it much easier to put together, i had a concrete foundation laid and 1 course of concrete blocks put down to which i attached the base, it really was straightforward, 

id suggest you look on ebay or in your local free ads paper, youll save a lot on the initial cost and then have it to spend on a great foundation, path, vents, staging etc etc etc lol

Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 23:21

I grow a few different types of cannas and to be on the safe side (having lost some before ) i cut them right back, take them out of their pots, clean off all the soil, dry them and then store indoors, in a cool dry garage, wrapped in news paper. i repot them in end of feb/early march with 50/50 manure and multi purpose compost and they triple in size every year and flower in september, you must keep them in full sun though outside once frosts have finished

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 22:09

If you dont wish to use slug pellets next year why not give copper rings a go? snails and slugs wont cross over copper, you can either buy a ring of copper online for this purpose or you can get a length of copper pipe and flatten it with a hammer then form a ring big enough to surround your dahlia or hosta as it grows

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