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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


Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 14:44

They were both outdoors.

Yes, I appreciate its too late now,  but I need to know what I did wrong !


Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 14:23

I have grown a bush begonia and a trailing begonia.

I think I've not reared it very well as they both have massive 'stalks about 2 feet long with a diameter of about 2 inches.   The flowers appear on these stalks.

Should I have 'pinched the stalk out or something ?



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