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Plant Protection - Fleece 'Hats'

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 13:50

The Rhodo has leaves.

The Hebe flowers in the autumn and is lovely ... the problem is that it has always been susceptible to intense cold and leaves and branches die ... this is unsightly although it doesn't kill the Hebe as it comes back.



Plant Protection - Fleece 'Hats'

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 13:40

A Hebe and a Rhodedendron



Plant Protection - Fleece 'Hats'

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 12:36

I have a couple of these fleece 'hats' to protect my more sensitive plants from frost.

Can I keep them on for the next few months without removing them from the plant of should they be removed periodically to give the plane a bit of sun / light ?




Posted: 06/11/2012 at 12:32

I had exactly the same problem.

I sprayed the bush with 'Provado' in May and then again in September (2011).   I only use Provado when I have to as its terribly strong (don't get it in your eyes).

The Viburnum bushes are now fine and there has been a huge boost in the leaves.

I haven't used the Provado any more ... once treated the beetles stayed away !

Hope this helps and good luck


Watering dormant plants in an unheated shed

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 13:55





Posted: 22/10/2012 at 13:31

Theres an old adage that says,  'Keep the roots damp and shaded and the leaves in the sun.'  They also have large roots and love a bit of compost !


Watering dormant plants in an unheated shed

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 13:17

Morning all,

I have an unheated shed in which I intend to overwinter pelargoniums and coreopsis.

Is there any rule of thumb for how often I should water them ?




Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 13:33

OK ... I'll have to plant other things with it to disguise the bits I don't like then !

Its OK in a pot isnt it ?



Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 12:44

 The white bush type (see picture) to my unpractised eye looks ungainly owing to the bulky stem.   I heard something about pinching out the female flowers (?) or am I going mad ?

Thanks again for all your helpful contributions !

Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:13

I'll post the photos tomorrow.

I overwintered them in the shed.  They took a long time to shoot before I planted them out in the garden.

All your help is much appreciated


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