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splitting rhubarb

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:16

If it's a reasonable size this year I'd pull a few sticks when they're ready.  I love rhubarb but I only have one plant as I don't have room  for more.  

I put a forcing pot (you can use an upturned bucket) over the clump in the winter (you can do it now) so that the stems are protected and grow a bit earlier and are a bit sweeter.

This is not forcing in the traditional way, where you dig the roots up and expose them to frost then put them in a warm shed - if you do that then you do not crop them the following year, but just placing a pot over them does not stress the plant and I do it every year.

 I just don't harvest the rhubarb after early June, to give it a chance to build up the crown for the following year.  

Give it plenty of organic compost of farm yard manure as a mulch and plenty of water in the summer if we get a dry spell and it'll be fine. 

Your plant probably isn't ready to divide yet - if you want another plant I'd buy one, but as I say, I find one is enough for the two of us. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:09

I've just been out there poking around seeing what's coming up - lots of tulips and crocuses, and the pots of hyacinths have flower buds peeping up - I've got some tiny native primroses that I sowed last year - just little tiny plants now but hopefully they'll flower next spring, and the sweet violets   and the Fritillaria Imperialis are showing signs of life too    but it's too boggy to be doing much out there   just walk around and get excited 'cos spring's coming 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:22

I have two groups of three large hostas - Sum & Substance  and Blue Angel - they look fantastic grouped together - individual hostas I keep in pots and move them around the terrace according to where the shade is at different times of the year.

Verdun, I think blue hostas keep their colour better if you can keep them sheltered from heavy rain - difficult I know down in your tropical paradise 

Pruning/cutting a 50yr apple tree

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:18

Hi Harras

The problem with pruning , as you've probably found, is that it stimulates growth, so cutting a branch back may only be a temporary solution.  In some of the old orchards I used to know (mainly grubbed up now sadly) old trees were supported by large wooden props braced against the lower branches - I don't know if that's a possibility for your tree?

There's some info here http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/blog/remedying-a-tree-that-is-falling-over/ 

It also suggests pruning on the opposite side to the way the tree is leaning, thus encouraging more growth on that side to even up the weight distribution - well worth considering. 

As for getting mistletoe to 'take' on your tree, info here  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3345933/Mistletoe-How-to-grow.html 

 

Chilling with the Chives

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:07

Yes, it's a shame that some people only see this forum as a chance to sell rather than to share 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:03

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 A birthday cake for Artjak 

Have a lovely day!!! 

60cm Plant Pot (For Apple Trees)

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 09:28

I would think you'll find what you need here  http://www.thegardensuperstore.co.uk/acatalog/Extra_Large_Plant_Pots.html#.Uu4Pevl_uSp

 

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 09:21

Hi Possum , I agree with Verdun - they don't like being mollycoddled indoors - what's the coldest it would get to outside where you are?  Your plants should be pretty hardy and able to withstand a fairly hard frost, although the fact that they're in pots would make them a bit more vulnerable - I think I'd have wrapped the pots with a few layers of bubble wrap and left them outside.  

Of course, they'd be even better planted in the ground - is that not possible? 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 08:33

Good morning all   ((hugs)) for those who had a rotten night - I hate that .  Treat yourselves gently this morning folks - but don't forget the Yorkies (puddings, not bars )

I've been out and had my stomp and now the sun's shining on the willows on the hill and they look beautiful 

ORCHIDS/London Plants show

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:50

Bumping this up so that people don't miss it 

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