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Begonia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 16:55
I thought I had purchased plug plants but they are bulbs. The last time I order Begonia tubers less than half germinated. The instructions say to plant in shallow boxes containing a mixture of loam/ leaf mould/sand. Can I buy a mixture like this? Sorry about my ignorance. I do have some rotted leaf mould but not sure what is meant by " loam". Help please.


Posted: 12/12/2012 at 20:11

Thanks everone.  I shall plant them tomorrow


Posted: 11/12/2012 at 12:34
I've had some magnificent lily bulbs in a raised bed but the last two years they have been infected by lily beetles despite me checking them daily, squashing any I found and trying to get rid of the slimy larva. I took them out and have the bulbs put in the greenhouse with the intension of potting them up and keeping them in the conservatory next year ( the blooming things even fly,) . How do I treat them to make sure they are completely free of lava?

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:40

Thanks for the help and information Sparklepiniksunflower.  I will try that. 

Glads!!!  you are lucky to see anything.  I bought 100 summer flowering bulbs this year and I can only see traces of greenery from half a dozen.  Mind you some are in a corner which has been virtually water logged this summer!  Probably rotting away somewhere under there!

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 19:32

"Hypericum" - yellow flowers and mine definitely does send its roots underground and comes up in every join of the planting fabric under the pebbles.  I'm always pulling pieces up!


What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 16:12
I am also a cram it in gardener. As someone already said, it also saves on the weeding. I have a gravel garden at the front and originally wanted spaced out individual plants and shrubs and put some hollyhocks and foxgloves in the corner. Over time these seeded and I now have cottage garden!

By the way, being new to this forum I don't know how to add photos. Can anyone help? There are some fantastic photos in this post.


Posted: 01/08/2012 at 15:33
Its the end of July and most of the pelagoniums I bought as plugs in March to grow on till May then put into beds have not yet flowered. In fact a few have hardy grown. I know the weather hasn't helped but why are the same ones flowering in the pots, albeit smaller than usual?

Replanting between leylandii stumps

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 14:56
I've left stumps after professionally having them chopped down last year. One is two feet diameter (having been 40 ft high. I have planted lots of perennials and llsome black bamboo between them and you can't see the stumps at all.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 14:29
Sorry about typos above. Still getting "fat finger syndrome" on my new IPad!

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 14:26
Yellow loosestrife and a hardy-geranium which I think is cranesbill. Not too bad if they are in a large bed but the geranium has taken over a small island bed, covering all others, despite a fame thinning it out each year. Also,
Hypericum, asdlovelya shrubs but sends its roots all over my gravel garden and even penetrates the planting fabric.
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