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Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:02

Hi Fairygirl - no paint used nearby that I know of.

I'm not at home now, but pot is no longer on brick wall in front of that fence - it is on the ground, with several other pots around it and is shielded at its base by a large potted hosta! The pot itself is pretty much in total shade and west facing.It has rained almost incessantly the past few days, but it had started to decline before this rain started. 

Last edited: 19 May 2017 17:02:35

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:59

Thanks Hazel - it was bought new a few weeks ago - it went straight into a new pot which is deep and roomy. I planted it in the correct compost with pelleted feed mixed in and water it well. It never dried out. Initially, it started to thrive and put out loads of shoots (I had cut it right back after planting, to encourage new growth, as it was March. It did well.

I've now put grit on the soil and some slug pellets (eco version).

It's now sheltered but with light.

Definitely not pot bound.

Olives in pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:55

Very true about the watering, HC - I don't give mine any at all in Winter.

If they're a bit floppy or untidy then yes, you can give them a light trim now - will also depend what shape you are after, or if you just want the natural look.

You can also pick leaves off directly at the stem - they will regrow fairly fast from the same spot and give the plant a boost (I picked off almost all the leaves from my 6ft potted olive, because they had rust, and now they are all grown back, fresher and greener than ever before).

I feed mine with pelleted fertiliser in Spring - usually a sprinkling of Vitax. Works well. I also water in vine weevil nematodes once a year, as I have had a problem with beetles at the front of the house in the past.

In Greece they grow in very sandy soil, close to the beach, so unless they are always going to be in a pot, they don't need too much feeding.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 16:56:33

Quadmire lawn

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:51


Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:45

It has been very warm here in London the past few days and the last frost we had was well over 3 weeks ago, by the way.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:44

Update: clematis now has its feet in total shade, the rest is in the sun for about 5 hours per day. 

It has had plenty of water and is free draining, no water logging (have checked - soil nice and moist).

No insects to speak of.

I have put down eco slug pellets, that normally work well in other area, but haven't seen any telltale traces of slime ever.

I've even sprayed it with fungicide, in case it is a fungal wilt.

It is getting yellower by the day and there are no more new shoots trying to merge. Only 2 set,s of the original 6 are left.

It is definitely going to die at this rate, and I've absolutely no idea what to do next.

I've only ever had success with my clems and I have tried all the advice - HELP!

Mango Plant

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 19:23

How cool! My friend grew one of these years ago and it looked like a mini palm as it grew.


Posted: 17/05/2017 at 19:21

Be aware that ceanothus has a bit of a reputation for being rather hard to take cuttings from (apparently, so I've heard!)

I've nevr had any luck whatsoever, but then maybe I am not doing it right...

What are your favourite self-seeding annuals?

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 19:16

Verbena Bonariensis. Love it near the house where you can see through it. Bees love it and in autumn the goldfinches come and nibble the seeds!

please identify my tree/ shrub

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 19:15

Could this be a lime?

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