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Berberis aurea

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 15:48

Berberis of any kind tend to thrive best with plenty of water. If you've had the hot, dry conditions that lots of people have experienced recently, it may simply be a case of dehydration. Making sure the plant is thoroughly soaked before planting, and thoroughly soaked afterwards is important, and further watering for the next month or two, until cooler, damper weather is on the cards, and the plant establishes. Once plants dry out, it can be tricky to rehydrate them. Immersing the pot completely in a bucket of water for a while is the best way. 

We're always told that potted plants can be put in the ground at any time as long as it's not waterlogged or frozen, but for many areas, planting at this time of year can be just as tricky. If you're in a 'dry' area  Nick - it might be best to keep the plant in it's pot ( or potted on if it's filling the one it's in) and keep it somewhere out of full sun for the time being. Once the weather cools down a bit, you can take it from there. 

Also - check that it's not pot bound before it goes in the ground, as it can be very difficult to rectify once planted.

I meant to say too - the golden leaved varieties of plants can often be a bit more finicky with weather conditions, until they get going.

Last edited: 07 July 2017 15:50:00

Plants for a low evergreen hedge

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 15:34

I'd agree with Ceres - the B's Gold variety is lovely, but it does grow quickly. I have some against my back fence and it provides a nice bright glow, but I do have to trim bits regularly. I also have one called Emerald Glow or May Green or something similar, which is more dense, and is a good strong colour as long as it gets a sunnier site.

The problem with any of those is keeping them looking good at a low height. They take quite a lot of trimming to achieve that, and they spread in all directions too. It's the reason box has been the long term favourite for low hedging.

URGENT Monkey puzzle advise needed!

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 15:17

Dove - how true!  

URGENT Monkey puzzle advise needed!

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 15:01

As Dove says - we never have the intention of telling anyone off if they need help. I wish this forum had been available when I started gardening - it would have saved a lot of errors end expense! 

One thing I would say is - pots are always more work than plants in the ground, as they need all their requirements from you, so if you can get a basic background of plants/shrubs in the ground to give you a green space, you can keep pots of suitable planting for near the house where it's easier to maintain them. I think the damage to your tree is largely superficial and probably sun scorch and a bit of drought, and with a bit of luck and addressing those problems, it will come back. They're incredibly tough plants, and grow well up here (Scotland) as we have a climate which suits them really well.  

I remember when my girls were small, how tricky it was to juggle things, so opt for plants which are 'easy' for now, if you can, and concentrate on just keeping everything tidy. Before you know it, you'll have more time to spend on them and can develop your interest more, and grow stuff which needs a bit more cossetting and attention. I have that approach now, because I work full time and my girls still live with me. The maintenance of the house and garden are all down to me, other than getting them to do the washing or cook a meal here and there! 

4 in 1 evergreen

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 14:42

You might have been better waiting a few weeks before seeding lee. The active 'weedkiller' part of the product will still be present and may affect germination of the seed. Keep an eye on it and re seed if it doesn't come through  

Baby hebes

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 14:40

Hi Jacquim - the bigger leaved types tend to be less sturdy, so it might be that you simply took too much off your previous cuttings.

I wouldn't worry about that one too much - it looks healthy, and seems to be branching out a bit at the top anyway.  Over time, it will probably spread a bit more by producing more sideshoots like those  

Tree developing brown spots and shedding leaves early

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 14:33

I take it you don't know what the tree is Tina? 

The usual reason for leaves going brown and dropping is stress - and that can be caused by lots of factors. Bearing in mind the type of weather some parts of the country are experiencing, I'd hazard a guess at heat, ie - sun  and lack of water causing the plant to be dried out. They then drop leaves to give them a better chance of saving any available moisture. Is that a possibility? Is it in the ground or potted?  Potted specimens can suffer badly in heat once they get dried out too. 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 14:26

I'm ready  

Dianthus looks dead after two weeks?

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 14:22

The only thing you can do is keep it in a really gritty mix, and cross your fingers. Although they love sun, keep it out of full sun for now to lessen the stress, and see if it survives. Take off all the dead flowers and growth as well. 

If there's any reasonable amounts of green stem, you could take that as a cutting. Again, stick it/them in a small pot with mainly grit, water once, and leave somewhere sheltered till there's evidence of new growth, then grow on and repot etc.

The drainage has to be very sharp for them, and although all plants need watering in, they only need a couple of waterings initially to settle them. Mine are in almost total gravel because we have high rainfall, so they need to be kept as well drained as possible to counteract it.

Good luck with it - they are lovely plants to have. It's all a learning curve! 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 14:13

Congrats LP- and a lovely name. If you're going to pick an island, it's one of the best after all   

I had a friend with two boys called Harris and Lewis  

Rain has gone off after a miserable, dreich morning. At least it wasn't too cold - mid teens or thereabouts just now. I may go and do summat. There are slabs to shift which I've been putting off. Looking promising for a walk tomorrow though - thinking of heading up the other side of Aviemore to do a Munro I've had my eye on for a while.

Cherries sound a good prezzie to me....

B3 - the old ones are the best, although I know the answer as 'penicillin'   

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