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Posted: 09/06/2015 at 13:02

I gave mine a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone in early spring and will be giving another shortly as I've stopped pulling stalks for the year.  In the autumn it'll have a good mulching with well rotted farmyard manure.

At this time of year it's more important to stop pulling stalks about now and make sure it doesn't dry out in the summer than to feed it.

no corm

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 12:55

Ranunculus corms don't look like other corms - look here

I'd have kept it in the pot, fed it and kept it growing as long as possible, moving it into a frostfree shed or greenhouse in the winter, keeping the soil just moist, and watching for it to start into growth in the spring.  They can form quite a nice large clump grown like that.

Hope that helps

Honey Suckle Mould / Blight

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 11:29

You've got it - clematis and honeysuckle - both originally woodland-type plants so they like similar conditions

Next step for rose cuttings

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:43

Oh dear - obviously a senior moment   sorry!  But you do know your roses and Busy Lizzie's away  

Morning glory trouble

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:39

They'll come up Tabbyfa - and as we've had such chilly weather your timing may well be good - all you've got to do is hope for a long warm autumn and they'll flower and flower and flower

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:35

Verdun is probably hoping that Philip will share his birthday donuts with him

Honey Suckle Mould / Blight

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:33

Hi Tabbyfa and welcome -  I'm afraid that your honeysuckle has got Powdery Mildew - very common and need not be terminal

The problem is that honeysuckle, being woodland plants, like to have their roots in cool damp soil and their heads in the sunshine.  In Homebase (and in many garden centres) the honeysuckles are in fairly small pots in the sunshine and their roots dry out - we buy them and bring them home, and it's only then that the ill effects of the time spent in Homebase etc begin to show themselves   ... possibly it may have dried out a bit at your place too ... it happens so easily ... my new one succumbed last year and looked very sad for a while.  The drought weakens the plant and it is then attacked by the fungus that causes the mildew.

Just make sure it's in a large deep pot out of the sun (I find that a mixture of John Innes loam-based compost with some ordinary multi-purpose compost added at a ratio of 2:1 suits a container grown honeysuckle quite well.  Pick up the fallen leaves and put them in the bin and as long as the roots are kept moist (not sopping wet) it should make a full recovery.  If you think it looks really ugly at the moment you could cut the plant back to about 12" above the ground - it'll soon  throw out some new shoots and cover that wall for you

If you don't mind using chemicals you could also use a fungicide - details here but don't use one containing an insecticide as it can harm bees and other pollinating insects that will visit your honeysuckle when it flowers.

Good luck

Does this Rose need a prune?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 08:26

Obelixx - have you seen the Next Step for Rose Cuttings thread - I think your expertise would be helpful

Next step for rose cuttings

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 08:25

I wonder if Obelixx has seen this post - she's really good at climbing roses in containers ...

Mystery Plant

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 07:38

Think most of the brassicas do that when they run to seed Edd

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