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Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:51

You can do it now, frost won't harm pittosporum, tough as old boots.

Pyracantha poor vigour

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:49

I'd just sprinkle some growmore around each plant and see how they do. If that doesn't solve it add some well rotted manure or compost around the base of each plant. Pyracantha is pretty tough but a little tlc may help.

Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:10

It looks to be a pittosporum, a close up picture would help. If it is it can be cut back to ground level if desired, it's a vigorous shrub so you can prune as hard as you like.

overgrown wisteria

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:55

Wisteria can take a drastic prune, but you won't see flowers for a few years.

I'd start by looking for the main stem and removing at ground level any suckers, which, from the pic, you appear to have in plenty. Once you get those out it will look half the plant.

growing fatsia japonica from cuttings

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:45

Try this ink to the RHS, they're usually done by semi-ripe cuttings.

Dahlia tubers dried & wrinkled

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:41

If they're soft, you've lost them. If they're firm then when it comes to potting them up soak them in warm, water for 24hrs before potting them.  The storage advice given by blairs, dry sand/compost is the best way to store them over winter.

porridge oats

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:57

Birds especially blackbirds will eat bananas, especially the over ripe ones, although in my house they don't get the chance to get to that stage.

ID please

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:54

I'd vote for  a Salix integra.


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:47

Yes you can. I'd use it for seeds as they don't want a lot of feed in the mix. If your'e going to use it for pots, then add a slow release fertilizer, or you can use it as a mulch or soil improver.


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:30

Well if you have a greenhouse, start them off in March. Get some well rotted manure, mix it with topsoil or compost and start watering them. I use FB&B, and add a tablespoon at the same time well mixed in. By May they should be well on their way, where I am I don't put them out till mid May, but you may be able to get them out a week or two earlier down south, just watch out for cool temperatures and frost. Don't be in a hurry Feed regularly in the summer. I feed with liquid seaweed.

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