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Clematis Rebecca died suddenly after planting

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:57

Hi Jo - what size is the pot?  As the plant gets mature it needs a big enough pot to provide it with enough nutrition so make sure you aren't starving it by keeping it in too small a space. It will use up all the available nutrition very quickly - any plant in a pot needs extra care and clematis are very hungry plants. Each spring you need to improve the soil and compost in the pot by replacing some of it, add a slow release fertiliser to the compost plus some  specialist clematis food or a high potash feed as growth speeds  up to encourage buds and flowers. 


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:04

Tremendous Steve 

Did you manage to sort out the level in your pond? I remember you had trouble with it recently.


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 20:15

Totally agree with the others fidget. Why do other people always want to railroad someone else's event? 

Nothing to lose re the sweet peas - I was very late sowing mine (it was cold here and they would have just sat sulking anyway) and they're about 6 " now and ready to put into bigger pots. I'd expect them to crack on enough to flower later in the summer. I'd give it a go 

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 20:10

If you need height christine - take a look at the bulb suppliers online. Alliums are a good way to fill gaps at this time of year as they have height but not too much spread and they aren't expensive. For a few pounds you can get 50 or 100 bulbs and they take little attention. You'll get them in autumn  -plant them where you want them to go and wait for them to come up next year.

You mentioned hostas - they can be propagated by division. You can do that later in the year or in spring. Lift the plant and split it with a spade or knife into decent sized pieces. You can replant them if conditions are good, or pot them on to plant later.

It's worth taking a bit of time to look up the conditions and propagation techniques for the plants you have. Plenty of info online or in libraries if you don't want to buy books. I'd also agree with Lyn about removing those two little beds and making more of the corners of your plot.  

Wilting plants after transplanting

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 19:35

Transplanting them when they're  a bit big is always risky because they get a bit of a shock. The root system isn't sturdy enough to support the top growth hence the wilting. As the others have said, this is why it's done when they're more evenly balanced small plants.Once they're in their own pot they can develop properly into healthy, strong plants ready for potting on or planting out. All you can do is keep them somewhere not too hot so that they don't lose moisture and get dried out. They will probably pick up well enough. Depending on the plant - you can pinch out the growing tip to get them bushier. 

What sort of seeds have you sown HH3?

New to gardening and in need of help!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:22

I've bumped the thread up for you GGrass - should be on the first page of latest posts 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:21

Bumping up for Gertie Grass 


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:18


Rain started just as I got in from work at 5. Perfect type for my grass seed  Think we're to get the thunder etc tonight, although apparently we had some last night - I just didn't hear it 

Going to get my new camera in a few mins so that'll keep me busy.

W'song - think euphorbia's quite easy to propagate if I remember. Of course - you meant to take those pieces for cuttings didn't you?  

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:13

Sit back and enjoy it for a bit christine 

Have you any ideas about the type or colour of perennials  you'd like to grow? What gaps do you have in your garden - do you need height? Foxgloves, for example, are easy from seed. There are lots of perennials which can be sown in the next few months for growing on and planting out next year. You can get cuttings of shrubs for foliage and structure - loads of people on here will be happy to do a few for you and send them - seeds as well

New to gardening and in need of help!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 12:53

Welcome Kirstin - what a great project for you  

If you have children I'd make sure you take that into account when you plan various areas as you'll want a space that has some robust shrubs and planting for a while 

Tackle the main things first - you're doing a great job getting the fence done and laying some turf. Keep things tidy for now and once the dust settles you can decide on what you want to achieve. Looking at magazines, books, internet and tv programmes will give you lots of ideas but decide what you like and dislike before spending too much money! Getting the soil in good order is always a good start - the manure in bags is a great way to get it healthy.

Loads of helpful people here who will offer advice as you go along. 

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