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climbing rose question

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 20:29

I have a clinbing rose Ena Harkness ( stunning red with fab scent) and it is growing up the pergola leg and beginning to go over the top. It had 3 main stems but because all the flowers were more and more higher up -I cut one main stem back to the ground hoping it would sent up a new shoot and I would be able to tie this in and begin to have flowers lower down. I did this last year, but no new stem appeared. So my question is- do I cut back 1 of the 2 stems remaining in a hope that next year I would hopefully jolt the rose into sprouting a new fresh stem-? but then I will cut off lots of top growth and Im sad at having to do that. I dont know what to do to get the best results from my climbing rose. Please help.

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 21:54

Well I didnt know that sotongeoff. Thankyou for teaching me something new today, I will get some manure and place some on. Many thanks to you both for your kind help and advice.

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 21:44

Sotongeoff is it ok to put manure on an acid soil??? I thought again this was only for normal soil.? Only using leafmould for acid??

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 21:41

Oh great. Thanks for that christopher2. I love love love lillies. I only found out from experts at shows like Harrogate and Southport that lillies are better in acid soil. I hadnt done that in previous years but I always do now- hence my acid bed for them. Yes I do have home made compost but didnt think it would be ok for acid soil but to use on normal soil. Shoudnt i use leaf mould for the acid beds?

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 21:29

Thanks Sotongeoff for your reply. I just wanted to know what to improve ericacious (acid) soil with. and would adding worms help the pliablity of the soil?

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 21:27

Well Christopher2 - The idea Is to keep growing both  types of soil type plants- ericacious in the front half and normal plants in the back half. The two soils dont mix and havent had problems growing plants in their own areas. My question was how to and with what should I improve my ericacious half as at present i find not pliable like normal soil stopping me from digging a hole to plant a bulb. I thought this may be due to the fact that there doesnt seem to be any worms in the ericacious part so to imporove the soil was the ask. I dont want to mix the areas together- as this only allows one type of plants to be planted. Yes I bought both types of compost when I initally set up the beds 4 years ago. The re are lillies in the front acid soil and I am wanting to add to them.

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 20:27

Sorry sotongeoff Ill explain- my bed is rectandular split horizontal accross the middle. This allows me to grow normal plants at the back half but allows me to grow planrs in acidic(ericacious) soil like lillies and azalieas and a pieris. Roots probably from 2 camilias and a pieris.Hope that explains it more. But thanks for actually replying- its great. Thanks.

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 19:53

By the way- what are the red chillies along questions for??

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 19:51

Hello. This is my first time on this site. Its great. I was on the old gardeners world forum before they closed it down (whatever for I shall ever understand) But this site is marvellous. here`s to a happy relationship. x

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 19:39

Please help. I have a raised bed and half is ericacious compost and half is "normal "compost. My ericacious has no worms at all and wonder if this is why it is difficult to fork as it seems full of roots. How would I improve the soil so its more malliable like normal soil is? Im growing Lillies in it but cant get my trowel in to plant them.

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