Dave Morgan

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plug plants

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 15:12

Michael, T&M send out plugs raised in hothouses with bottom heat and misting systems. Invariably they have poor root systems as they rush to fill orders. The best way is to pot into 9cm pots any compost will do, water from underneath and keep them sheltered in semi shade or shaded GH. Plugs take 6-8 weeks to form a decent root system especially perennials, which are slower growing than the annual plugs sold. Feed them with a liquid seaweed food which I've found gives a good root system in a reasonable period. Once the roots fill the pot they can go out. I don't know what you've got but T&M usually flog the easy stuff so they'll establish before winter comes. Don't over water, that's the usual cause of plug death and never from above. A tip as to when to water is the weight of the pot. Lighter it is means watering so they can dry out quite a bit before watering.

Abandoned garden

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 14:54

Yann, a mower won't cut long grass. It needs to be strimmed or scythed down to a few inches before using a mower.

Setting sleepers

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 14:51

28bs, with that dimension of sleeper it'll take about 20 years to rot them. All you need is some balast. There's no need for concrete.

Any optimists out there?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:13

July will bring more settled warm weather, there will be rain but not on the scale we've seen so far. Patience people patience. Goods things come to those who wait. At least we won't have a hosepipe ban.

New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:54

Craigh, rose flowers don't last long, the flowers were probably going over when you bought it. It's nothing serious. The priority is to get it into its flowering position asap. Soak the pot in a bucket of water before planting, roses need large quantities of water at the best of times and potted roses on sale are often never watered properly by the sellers.

what is it..

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:46

It's certainly not cannabis, seen too many of those in my time , I'd go with nut, more like a variety of hellebore.

Poppy blight

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 19:36

Several of my clients have numerous oriental poppies. Just before the start of the recent heavy rain they were all flowering extremely well. Come the rain all are suffering from similar symptoms in the gardens o work in. Last year we didn't have this weather they just took their normal course so I'd have no doubt it's this warm wet weather. Your echninacea looks to be suffering in a similar fashion and that looks like a drainage issue. Luckily for me and I grow about 10 different echninacea, my garden has pretty sharp drainage and mine are all healthy.

Pruning a tree peony

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 19:27

Nicedavejc, yes you can hard prune them, it's best done in late winter just before bud break. I usually do them in around February. I take out the oldest thickest stems first, any crossing or damaged stems then thin them by a third. Do be aware though they respond after flowering by throwing up a multitude of new growth from the base. 

Help needed

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 21:53

Not a bad rate of response, all in  3 mins!

Help needed

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 21:51

Top is lychnis coronaria, bottom is nigella, or love in a mist.

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