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Posted: 28/03/2017 at 20:02

I should have added - the ones I have in large pots 10-12" have done much better. I think this may be a plant that does not like tightly packed roots because they grow so fast. Also because I was watering them so much I made the mistake of putting saucers under the smaller pots. These impeded the drainage and may have caused the disease problem.


Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:47

Thank you for your advice and sorry it's taken me a while. I don't have a lot of choice about growing conditions as I can't change the Brazilian climate! I think I will have to get used to growing these as a WINTER plant!


Posted: 25/03/2017 at 22:00

Agapanthus is from Africa. What they like most is sun. I have several clumps and they are all pretty congested  but still flower profusely, so I would say yes, let them form tight clumps. One thing that will improve flowering is plenty of potassium. I use wood ash.

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Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 21:18

The last episode was terrific. I loved the bit about Barbados. How many British gardeners are there that love these kinds of places and are thrilled to bits when they get a tropical plant to flower?

Last edited: 25 March 2017 21:19:52

Raised bed soil improvement?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 21:00

It would be interesting to know what you grew, what was most successful and what wasn't. Wherever I am - and I have gardened in Austria, Brazil and the Middle East, I always try to put in at least one raised bed as they increase the fertility 5x. I'm trying to think what the weather was like in UK last summer. One - perhaps the major - problem with raised beds is that they do dry out quickly. Did you water at all? Here in Brazil I have to water every day, unless there is a torrential thunderstorm! I won't mention Saudi....In answer to your question: a good soil needs 2 things 1.structure 2. nutrients. It sounds as if you've got the nutrients taken care of, but with what you have been adding, maybe the structure is a bit loose. Do a simple test. Take a handful of soil from the bed and roll it into a not too tight ball in your hand. If when you release it, it remains a tight ball the structure is too tight - not likely in your case. If it falls straight apart it is too loose. Ideally it should stay in a ball with just a few bits falling off. If you think it is too loose adding garden soil may help, but be careful - garden soil can be sandy, which will not help much. Good luck!


oleander Loosing its leaves

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:39

Oleander is a subtropical plant. I had it in my garden in Saudi Arabia where it made a loose but very pretty hedge..That may give you some idea (some) of the kind of conditions it likes. I think you have done very well to keep it as long as you have outdoors in UK. Cut it back but only to where you think it may still be alive, don't water it at all and hope for a Spring heatwave! They are very tough, but the combination of cold and wet does for them. Good luck!

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum)

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:09

While I was having a clearout I found a pot with some large Star of Bethlehem bulbs,about the size of pears. I thought I had lost them. Though they have been missing for at least six months and are totally dry, the bulbs still appear to be sturdy. My question is how deep should I repot them? At the moment they are sticking out well above the surface but I know some bulbs like this.

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Brambles and bindweed

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 00:29

Have you tried potatoes? I once had to create a garden from an area of cleared woodland that was a bit like what you have described. Not only do potatoes break up the soil, they have something in them that inhibits a lot of weeds. Okay the garden was functional rather than beautiful for a year, but I had a lot less trouble in Year 2, as well as a lot of spuds. As the other guys say, you can't expect instant results.

For the big roots there is not much else for it other than using a commercial rotavator. I paid someone to do this. It will lift the roots to the surface and break them up into small pieces. You will still have to spend a lot of tme raking out, but they will eventually rot down and help create a fertile gardening soil. Good luck. Ian.

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Posted: 01/03/2017 at 01:11

Can anyone help me get good cuttings of sunpatiens? I take the cuttings from healthy plants and rinse them thoroughly in tap water before rooting them in a weak fungicide solution. I then pot them on in warmth and high humidity (25 deg C /75%) as soon as roots form. They start well but after a week or two the leaves distort and they fail to thrive. I can keep them alive by continuing to use fungicide but few do well. - Ian.

Good advice does not come quick

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 00:01

It depresses me a little that so many people just read the first answer they get and treat it as gospel. There is a Brazilian proverb which says "Haste makes a poor gardener"

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