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Fuchsia, Blueberry and new rose

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:35

WillowKitten, I'd soak the rose overnight before planting. Roses sold in shops bare root have been out of the ground for some time, considerable time in some cases. Soaking overnight increases the chances of survival as the roses capillary system needs to be kicked into action asap. Also soak the whole bush, weight it down if necessary in a bucket in the kitchen it needs to re hydrate before planting.

For best results add not only the fungi but as much well rotted manure and some bone meal to the planting hole and water in with at least a watering can full of water. Then mulch it heavily 2-3 inches deep around the plant. Water it weekly for a month, don't rely on the weather to do it for you.

If you get the above right first time it cuts down on the attention you give it later in the year and it establishes more quickly.

This applies equally when growing in tubs or pots. 

Odd corrections?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 16:08

Auto correct programs are created by the American programmers, that's why we over here struggle with the Queens English. Americans don't speak English as we know it and they don't spell the same either hence colour as we spell it over here is spelt color in America as is Labour and the American Labor. 

Blame the Americans!

whats gone wrong??????????

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 23:04

lorr 1500, there's nothing wrong with it! It should look like that at this time of year, and will do for another few weeks yet. When you see new growth then you can re pot or take cuttings and start watering and give a weak feed. It's still too cold and the sun too weak for it to get going.

plug plants

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 22:59

The plugs on offer now are raised in heated GH's under artificial light which inevitably gives you relatively weak plants with small root systems, and weak top growth, which when delivered need the same conditions as they have been grown in to thrive. As most of us can't afford to provide these conditions, these plants will take longer to establish and longer to grow decent root systems, that's if they survive the shock of being bunged in the post and not hardened off properly, which many don't.  JParkers are one of the worst offenders when it comes to this practice, and you take a gamble when you order. I'd never recommend taking them up on this offer.

If they started to raise these plants in September the previous year then it would be worth it, but they don't start till December.

Their bulbs are very good value for money, but not the plug perennials. 

Rose pruning and frost

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 22:42

I have pruned roses at all times during the winter months from November right through till yesterday. Unless it's a prolonged spell of really cold weather, i.e. below freezing throughout the day for days on end, which it hasn't been this year, the roses will be fine, and those I pruned back in December now have lovely fat new buds.


feeding roses

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:36

Mulch and feed rosemummy, most roses take a year to fully establish so don't worry too much. Again watering well in the first year is the best way to get them on track. Weekly at first, then be guided by the weather, dry for a week, water them, some rain, fortnightly and as much well rotted compost or manure as you can manage, even in summer.

Weather Proof Garden Furnitures

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 19:43

Cooking oil won't work the particles in the oil are too big. Go to your local hardware store an oil based wood preserver will do the job. Surely you have something like that in the US of A.

feeding roses

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:01

Well you moved them at the right time, so give mme gregoire a chance. Bone meal is usually added to the planting hole as it's a slow release fertilizer along with the fungi, good job you did add the fungi, the root system will be huge by the autumn, I'd add rose fertilizer in a few weeks time, early to mid March is when I feed, growth is just starting and a boost early on is always good. After the first flush of flowers you can feed again I mulch as well with .manure. One thing, water them weekly as you've just moved them, we haven't had much rain and they need it. Not watering after planting any rose, slows it down significantly, so don't rely on the weather.

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:59

If you leave them to season for a year you can do what you want with the off cuts. Chipping the rest is a good idea, added to a compost bin they rot quite quickly. Fresh chipped wood isn't a good mulch IMHO, bark is better.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:54

Need a tree felling course KT!

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