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How to grow Roses from cuttings

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:48

TC the reason that's not flowering properly and well is it isn't trained properly. You've allowed the stems to grow vertically which leads to flowers at the top and nothing below it. Climbers need to be trained laterally or at 45 degrees. You need to take about three of the longer stems and tie them in to the frame, and do it asap. Prune out the weaker growth and keep the laterally trained stems as horizontal as you can. New growth will appear from the lateral stems which will produce flowers. Once you have the frame work don't let growth come out away from the frame, keep it cut back to nothing more than 6 inches. Once you've pruned and trained it, feed it with a rose fertilizer and mulch and water it.

Oh and catch up with the last edition of GW, on BBC2, Monty Don demonstrated this exact technique perfectly, so it will make it perfectly clear.

How do I renovate area under weed control fabric?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:33

Just improve it with plenty of organic matter Angie. The more you add the better it will be. It may take a while for it to get back, but it will recover.

no worms in soil

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:57

You need to add compost or well rotted manure and or leaf mould to the soil. If there are no worms it means there's nothing for them to feed on. It's a sign of tired soil, so the more you add the more worms you'll get as they are vital for soil health.

How Much Sun

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 10:32

TC nearly all herbs like full sun and little water, it may be the drainage that's causing the issue. Topsoil is not the best environment for herbs, they mostly do best in containers. If you don't go down the container route, dig the herbs up and incorporate plenty of grit into the new planting hole. Horticultural grit from the GC is the stuff to get and be generous with when replanting. It should be a 50/50 mix of grit and soil, mind you Rosemary likes even sharper drainage and will thrive in sand.

begonia tuber

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:42

As I remember you can, yes. It was recommended to dust the cuts with sulphur powder to reduce the chance of infection.

Talkback: How to choose slug-resistant plants - part two

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:22

If you aren't too ecologically minded, you can spot treat plants with Slug Clear. It keeps them off vulnerable plants. I know some won't like the suggestion, but it works and if not used extensively does in my opinion  work well.

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:26

I was talking about the plants, and the other contributors are raising valid points about the soil quality, it looks very rough, almost subsoil, so unless the bins are emptied and refilled your chances of growing anything decent is low. I'd insist on new decent soil.

Calla lilies - zantedeschia - any tips?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:22

They are easy to grow, pot them up and feed and water them during the summer, in autumn set them to one side and keep them dry, literally, no water at all frost free and in the following spring repot and start again. Very easy to grow.


Posted: 21/04/2015 at 21:31

Water from underneath and DONT over water them, keep them on the dry side after the planting and just wait for them to sprout and only water when the compost is almost dry or the stems seem to be flagging. They should start to appear from 7-14 days.


Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:10

Sowed mine in 9cm pots a few days ago.

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