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Posted: 10/05/2014 at 20:04

Artjak, surely lovage is a herbacious perennial so splitting it should not be a problem. I have split perennials recently and replanted them and they are doing fine. I know autumn is the best time but if you keep it well watered it should settle.

Never had a tree peony but I am buying one. There is something on peonies in the most recent GW mag. Have you tried contacting one of the growers?

Photinia Pink Marble - Pot-grown trees

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:26

They will be fine in the pots they arrived in until you decide how big a pot you want to pot them into. Pick a pot 2 inches bigger than the root ball, this will give them room to grow and settle in. 

Fire on the Mountain and Rhodedendron

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:02

It sounds like sooty mould, see the link to the RHS below.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:59

There could be several reasons for no flowers sarah. Firstly is it potted in ericaceous compost.

Azaleas like to be damp but not waterlogged, the winter has been very wet, did it get waterlogged? They also like a cold spell and we haven't really had one this year. Last year was very hot, so did it dry out last year?

You say it's outside your house, is it in too much shade or not enough?

What fertilizer have you fed it with? You need to feed them after flowering with the correct type especially for the acid loving plants.

It sounds from your description to be healthy, so think back and see if anything mentioned may have happened. 


Standard roses - homebase

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:15

Not at all, care for all roses is the same and the pruning principles apply to all, see the RHS website for pruning advice.

Is this trying to die?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:08

Cistus like very well drained conditions and full sun heather, if they get too wet they suffer in exactly that way. You can take softwood cuttings right now and they root quite easily in a well drained potting medium. They can go leggy and aren't long lived so I take cuttings every year about now. They aren't in really bad shape, so I'd just increase the drainage and exposure to the sun, they'll recover.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:01

Mine are still in pots tracey, I don't put them out till the end of May.

Dying Rhododendron

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:00

The position isn't good, they prefer dappled shade and the soil is too heavy. You can either pot it or improve the position and soil, however, I'd scrape the bark on the affected branches before doing anything. If there is green underneath, you have a chance of saving it, if not it will take a good few years before you get a balanced frame work, if at all. If you want to try then go ahead it but I still think it's too late, you can try to layer it to get a new plant, that may be the best option.

Dying Rhododendron

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:47

You won't be able to salvage that sorry to say, it's gone too far. You'd have to test the soil, and as busy has said they look like limestone and gravel chippings mixed up. What's it's position, where does it face?.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 12:49

You can't sow carrots in trays cogie. Carrots send down a long tap root very quickly there isn't room in a tray to do that.

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