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Feed spring bulbs

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 21:04

Sorry Northchiel, on the Beeb boards I used to be able to check out each boarder before answering by looking at their previous posts and form a view as to whether they were a newbie or experienced.

The ideal fertilizer is a specific bulb fertilizer, which has more phosphorus than nitrogen or potassium, typically an NPK ratio such as 5:10:5. But it is expensive stuff. Miraclegro and Phostrogen are  the two main liquid fertilizers, but their NPK balance is the opposite way round, such as 12/6/12, to encourage leafy growth and flowers. 

To be honest, I would use MiracleGro anyway. It is a lot cheaper than a special bulb fertilizer, even if some of the contents will be wasted.  

PS: I tried to write 12/6/12 using colons and it comes out like this:  1212, so colon 6 colon must produce this  1212

Feed spring bulbs

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 18:19

Depends on the product. Mix the liquid feed in line with the guidelines on the packaging, and water as normal.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 18:07

Hi Maggie! 

Note for all. Someone needs to put a 'last post' (how apposite - I can hear the bugle now!) on the 'Changes to the BBC Boards' thread on the Beeb site on Thursday (it shuts at 11 am), linking them through to this thread. The Beeb board will still be viewable after that time, and it may help latecomers to find their way here. I'll try to remember, if I am on line. 

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:56

If you are referring to Lucifer, then I agree, Wintersong. A lovely plant for my hot border. 

I also have Dusky Maiden, which has lovely bronze leaves, and George Davison, which is a golden amber colour. They are lovely to, but not as big and handsome as Lucifer. Christopher Lloyd had a variety called 'Late Lucifer' that flowers three weeks after Lucifer, thus extending its season if you plant both. It was a seedling from Lucifer. They didn't have any for sale when I visited Great Dixter. I must have a look and see if they sell it maill order. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:46

On the Beeb boards you used to be able to click on a member's name and get a list of all the messages he/she has contributed to. has anyone found a way of doing this on the GW site?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:02

Hi Berkley. What missing 'k'? 

Taking cuttings from unknown shrub

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:58

It can't do any harm to keep them and see what happens. I remember once propagating vitis coignettii from hardwood cuttings and reading a week later that they did not strike from hardwood cuttings. I nearly chucked them out, but 2 out of 10 were successful, and I only wanted two! 

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:42

Lucifer needs to be divided every three years, otherwise you get congestion. This makes the splaying out worse.

Hydrangea

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:48

Yes you could mix the topsoil with the compost. However it will make the pots a lot heavier. That isn't a bad thing for pot grown shrubs that might otherwise be top heavy and unstable in the wind. 

Mulching after rain - compacting soil?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 08:04

Use a plank if you can. This will spread your weight over a much wider area than the soles of your boots. 

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