Latest posts by fidgetbones

Californian Lilac Ceanothus help required

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:50

Pull it back out and check the root ball. If it is a congested mass, tease out some of the roots. Soak it in a bucket of water before replanting. It looks dehydrated to me.  If it was pot bound before planting, it may not be absorbing water from the surrounding soil.

Ailing raspberry plants

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:47

How long have you had them?

Do you know the type?  Primocane (autumn fruiters) and Floricane(summer fruiters have to be pruned differently.

Raspberries usually just have a mulch around them. They do not do well in competition with other plants.


Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:26

If the tubers are still solid and have not rotted off, start watering gently and put then somewhere warm and light. They will grow.  The tops need cutting off, down to about an inch from the tuber.

Lavender soil

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:23

No manure needed.

You are so lucky.

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:22

Just keep out of Hyson Green and St Annes well rd. I drive through there with my doors locked.

Plant ID, please?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:57

Coronilla valentina glauca citrina or something like that

Watering extension

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:54

screwfix have a hozelock extendable lance. I have one, it does the job in reaching inaccessible places.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:14

I've got some very droopy spanish bluebells. Does anyone know how to make them stay straight.?

Blood fish and bone meal

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 14:11

It tends to stick together, but if you dry it out and bash it back to a fine powder, it is fine.  If its really bad, mix it into the compost heap.

Rose cuttings

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 08:38

Commercially, you can bulk up a rose quickly by bud grafting. Only one bud is grafted on to the rootstock, so the grafting material will go a lot further. The downside is that grafted plants often send up suckers from the rootstock. As a gardener, who may only want a few extra, using a cutting that has maybe four or five buds on it is not a problem. The disadvantage is it takes a year or so to be a size big enough to move, it is a slow process. The advantage is that there are no suckers.  As buttercupdays says, the rootstock influences the size of the end plant, but I have had no problems with roses on their own roots.

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