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mini pond

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 14:09

Not deep enough for a water lily - not even the pygmy ones. You need a good foot (or more)  at least. 

If you're having a fountain, I would forget the water lily anyway. They need a reasonable area of calmer water to thrive. 

You'll have to make sure you're vigilant with anything falling into the water too, as that will create a lot of vegetation which will rot down and quickly silt up the bottom, making it even shallower. Net the pond in late summer/early autumn to avoid too much falling in and clogging it all up, or, as it's so tiny, just go out daily and remove the excess. 

What is wrong with my Clematis?

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 14:00

Should have added that the grit or gravel is better mixed in to the soil mix. Although clems like moisture, there has to be decent driaiage. You can still have crocks or gravel at the bottom too. 

What is wrong with my Clematis?

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 13:58

I'd have potted that on instead of putting it into a big container with a load of other plants right away. It's a very young plant, and it may have been grown in protected conditions and is unable to cope with it's new surroundings.

It could also be slug damage as they're quite vulnerable to that when young, or when new growth starts. I also wonder if there's too much nutrition and moisture in the soil mix?  If the growing medium is too rich at that early stage, you get weaker growth which the root system can't support as it's too immature. Also - make sure you haven't got wet soil and mulch right up against those slim stems, as that can cause a bit of rot.

Take a look at the stems low down  and see if they're broken. If they are, cut the stems back to reasonable joint and keep an eye out for slugs - remove them each night or use a barrier method to control them.  

Did you plant it deeper than it was in the pot? That's beneficial to enable plenty of root and stem growth.

That's a few suggestions to be going on with!

Rocket seedling dying

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 13:47

Too wet would be my best guess - from those photos.

Tiny seedlings of any plant don't want to be overwatered, and don't like being in soggy compost, so perhaps you need to adust your growing medium.  They need good drainage, kurat, and they do like a sunny spot when they're established and growing, but I also have rocket growing in shade, so that's less important once you get some plants growing away.    

Advice needed for training climbers

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 08:05

zen - here's a pic of some of mine - put in a few years ago. It's about fifteen inches above the raised bed on the right, and about a foot above the higher one to the left

Advice needed for training climbers

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 08:00

If you bear in mind that the  trellis is about two inches thick, and if you put it onto a couple of battens - about an inch thick - yes, the face of the trellis would be about three inches away from  the fence or wall it's on, the back of it will be about two inches away. The gap created will be an inch because of the design of the trellis. It's the plant that should be about 12 to 18 inches away from the fence or wall it's climbing up. 

I don't often put the trellis onto battens, as I've already said -  I prefer to simply tie in plants as they grow. 

Don't overthink it -  make sure the support's sturdy and secure, and the plant is appropriately planted and cared for. That's more important in the end 


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 20:41

One of the Spireas I  think.

New Camellia - Watering advice

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 19:57

The problem might be what was there before it Shoogles. The leylandii drains all the moisture and nutrients from the soil, leaving it malnourished. It might struggle to retain the moisture, although you still want the soil free draining. It can be tricky to achieve that in those circumstances.

Camellias like good rich soil, so it would be worth regularly applying well rotted manure or good compost ( or both)  will help with that. A slow release fertiliser like Blood, Fish and bone will help too. Ideally, the planting hole should have been two or three times the size of the root ball, with plenty of that mix added, but if you don't want to lift it, a regular mulch should be enough. It also might be a bit dry because it's near that wall, which can create a bit of a rain shadow. Again,  a mulch after watering will help.  

Looks a grand plant though, so I hope you can keep it healthy. 

Advice needed for training climbers

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 19:41

Not sure what school you went to Pete - 45cm is 18 inches  

I think Borderline has got the right answer to the 45cm 'gap'. Haven't looked at the RHS site myself, but perhaps it could be ambiguous. Always worth checking 

The advice is usually to put trellis onto a couple of battens  (usually the vertical sides) to give extra space for climbers to twine, but I find it makes no difference (certainly with plants which have finer growth) , because they won't readily wind round the timber. You still have to tie them in as they grow, which I think is better than letting them do their own thing. That way you get better coverage of the space too. I often use a wire lower down as well as trellis, as it's better than using canes etc, and again, means you can spread the stems out sideways as they grow. 

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Anenome wild swan is wilting

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 12:43

I think they're a bit finicky, and temperamental, from what I've heard, so it may simply be that they're 'done' 

Perhaps worth taking cuttings if you want to keep it?

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