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Lavender (soil depth)

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:15

Lavender isn't deep rooted at all 60 cm is nearly 2 ft. Considering their natural habitat in the Med where they grow on almost no soil 6 inches is fine. Just make sure the soil is very well drained and in full sun.

acer palmatum

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 16:55

Depends how big it is Mandy. Have you got a picture.

Red robin help needed!

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 16:53

I'd still cut it back Nic, you'll end up with bushier growth if you do and more of it. That's the whole reason to prune it back. Being brave gets better results.

Should I soak these first

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 16:49

I'd soak them for 24 hrs Lulu.

Talkback: What to prune in spring

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 08:48

I don't know where you are Miranda, but I won't be pruning my hardy fuchsia's for another 2 - 3 weeks yet. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year and this mild spell may not continue. Leaving them won't do any harm and it will protect them. If there's lots of new growth then take cuttings as an insurance policy.

Half hardy fuchsia's should be left for another month unless they are under glass.

Bay tree problem

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 22:22

Bizzy click on the green tree icon on the toolbar it won't work on ipads so I believe.

Red robin help needed!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:37

If you can't put it into the garden you need to pot that on into a larger pot. It's a very small pot for a large plant.

Normal wisdom is to pot on into a pot one size larger, but in this case you'll need a pot double the size of the one you have.

Pot on and use a John Innes No3 compost. Add some bonemeal to the pot when potting on and water well. To get bushier growth prune back the stems by about 6 inches late April early May back to an outward facing bud. Once it settles you'll see the new growth appearing.

Red robin help needed!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:19

Nic your picture hasn't come up but it's probably Photinia leaf spot, usually caused by stress to the plant. The causes are varied, cold winds, exposed siting a cold winter (which it been relatively)

I don't know if the ground it's planted in is heavy, but I'd add a good quantity of well rotted manure and feed it generously with growmore.

I'd prune out any dead stuff afterwards. They can recover quite well as the weather improves.

Just seen the picture, prune the dead out and feed as above. It's probably better off in the ground rather than in a pot.

Iris unguicularis

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 23:09

I was pondering the same actually nut. One of my customers has one. RHS says cut back after flowering. The customer isn't worried about it so I may go for it. They do look tatty as you say. Nowt to lose as they are hardy perennials.


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:56

The only way to get that result is to sow in late July.

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