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Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:10

Rhododendrons don't need much fertilizer. Soluble fertilizers don't last long. so for rhodies in pots  it's a good idea to add some slow release pellets, with an occasional Sequestrene+ feed to deal with the acid side of things if you can't provide rain water.

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:15


No Blossom on flowering cherry

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:47

Give it a potassium rich fertiliser. It sounds like the sort of symptom caused by a nitrogen rich soil. Is it in a lawn, and if so,have you been feeding the lawn?


Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:40

Are you in a hard water area?

Rosebay Willowherb

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:26

This is an extract from the above article. 

Seeds have a plume of hairs and are wind dispersed. It has been estimated that 20 to 50% of seeds may be carried 100 m by the wind and some could potentially travel over 100 km. Rosebay willowherb also spreads by the horizontal roots on which adventitious buds develop. The roots extend by up to 1 m per year and spread well beyond the aerial stems. Expansion is limited where soil fertility has declined.

Established colonies of rosebay willowherb may persist for long periods. On sand dunes in Holland, stands 35 years old have been identified. Fragments of root can produce adventitious buds within 3 weeks. Longer fragments are more successful at regeneration and sections shorter than 8 cm are unlikely to produce shoots. Even pieces of 20-year old roots can produce buds following soil disturbance. 

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:18

Aluminium sulphate - you can get it from garden centres. Iron nails etc. DO NOT work!

Does anyone else..........

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:48

I chuck mine straight in. Grapefruit skins, banana skins, teabags, the lot - into my black dalek bins. Quick shake up with the stirrer once a fortnight - comes out loverly, black brown and crumbly. 

Rosebay Willowherb

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:19

It spreads via underground rhizomes as well as from seed. It is not like Japanese Knotweed but is very vigorous. Glyphosate asap and then again a few weeks later. 

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