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Can I keep iris bulbs until the spring or should I plant them now?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:56

My aunt has given me a lot of iris bulbs but it's a bit late for potting now (read somewhere that planting time is Aug/Sept.  Is it ok to keep these in a cool dark place (was thinking of the garden shed, wrapped in a paper bag) until the spring?  Or is it ok to plant them now but keep them inside for the winter?


Wet Irish summer has battered my potted lavender

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:43

Hi all,

Been a while since I posted last.  Hope everyone's well.

I bought a gorgeous potted lavender at Bloom (Irish gardening exhibition) in June.  We've had a very wet summer though and it's looking very sorry for itself now.   I don't want to lose it and there's still a lot of live growth on it, but it also needs a prune now because the dead growth is making it look very straggly.

Any tips on how I can restore it?  I know this isn't the ideal time for repotting, but I don't know what the soil quality is like at the moment so I was going to repot it and add a bit of grit (because lavenders like well drained soil), and maybe move it indoors for a while as the first of the frost is on its way.  I was also going to remove the dead growth.

Any advice would be welcome - I don't want to lose it.



Growing holly as a pot plant?

Posted: 07/04/2012 at 21:20

Hi everyone,

We live on a new estate and so our garden is literally a blank canvas when it comes to plants.  I have a good few pots, but we want to do some work on the garden next year so I don't want to plant anything out. 

Would love to grow holly - is it possible to grow this (or even establish it) in a pot or is it a plant that needs to be planted out straight away?


What is this plant and how can I stop it dying?

Posted: 07/04/2012 at 21:17

I don't think it would do any harm.  I have a dracaena houseplant which is also a palm-type plant and as the leaves die off I just pick them off and throw them out - they always tend to be near the bottom like yours, so it could be just older growth that's dying off.  Might be worth giving it a feed of some kind once there's a bit of heat in the air.  Let me know how you get on!   

What is this plant and how can I stop it dying?

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 17:58

I think it's only certain varieties that grow taller, such as the cabbage tree.  I know mum had a red one (but lost it the year before last over the winter) that she'd had for a few years and was about the same height as the one you have there, maybe a bit shorter.  Hope its ok, they're lovely plants and that one looks really striking in the middle of your lawn.

What is this plant and how can I stop it dying?

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 15:24

It looks like it might be a member of the cordyline family?  If so, they're native to NZ and although do ok in mild winters don't cope very well with the cold winters we can get.  I can't offer any care advice unfortunately, but hopefully have helped with identifying it!

Root maggots (I think)

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 15:04

Thank for your response DG .  I ordered the Nemasys today from a company in Dublin that sell it, so should get it next week.  Our pots are all in the back garden, which gets a good bit of sun (but only when the sun decides to come out LOL!) and we've had a few mornings with unexpected frost recently so I'll watch for that when I add it next week.

That's good to know about the adults too.  I'll admit I'd never think of checking for them. 

I've repotted most of my shrubs now in fresh compost mix but have a berberis and a spirea that are more established than the others and didn't check them last weekend so must do that tomorrow. We got a blackcurrant bush as a present last week so want to make sure they don't find their way into that!

Have a lovely Easter.

Root maggots (I think)

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 07:10

Hi Borassus,

Just to give you an update....

Apparently you can't get Provado here now (live in Ireland but not sure if its just Ireland or not) so garden centre recommended Nemasys, which is a natural solution - increases the number of nematodes in the soil which then eat the eggs and grubs (they're in the soil already but there wouldn't be near enough of them to make an impact).  Apparently you dose the plants well ideally at the end of Feb before the season starts for them in Mar/Apr and the one dose will do the year .  Have it on order but they told me because I have them this year I'll definitely have them next year too so will have to dose them again next Feb.

Mum has some heucheras so will have to tell her to keep an eye out, although I'm not sure if they're in pots or all in her rockery.

Thanks again for your help.


Root maggots (I think)

Posted: 05/04/2012 at 12:05

Borassus, that's exactly what they are .    Will be passing a garden centre later so will get some Provado and see how I get on.  My fear is that they'll spread to the other pots I have outside, which seem to be ok at the moment.  I have a a few plants that are really thriving and don't want to lose them.

Thanks a million, and have a lovely Easter.

Root maggots (I think)

Posted: 05/04/2012 at 07:11

Sorry, forgot to post, put root maggots (I think) because I'm almost sure that's what they are but if anyone thinks differently please let me know.  Transparent to white worm-like things, will try and get a pic if that helps.

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