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Hellebore Leaves Problem

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 00:18

Thanks Verdun, so us in the West Country can cut them off in say November, my daughter in St Austell always complains of tatty leaves by then


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 19:06

Hollie, I have them under the greenhouse bench and leave the window open all night.

i don't use rooting powder, but I think a lot of people do, I have tried both ways, no difference, 

I prefer to do my fuchsia cuttings in water, that way you can put 3/4 in a little pot and see they root before planting up, saves space time and compost.

i use the little pots that you get vitamins in. Or little yog pots.

i did Bowles mauve and salvia hot lips last year, this year I am doing some penstemons as well. 

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:59

You can leave that for ten years and it will look the same!

i have thick privet hedge, put in in 2012, I kept picking out the tops and have just given it it's first real cut with shears, it was 6ft, now down to 3 but next Spring it will be 6ft again. 

I also planted a laurel hedge, same as privet, grows nice and thick if you keep the tops pinched out. Both evergreen and low maintenance, if you have anything that flowers you will need to sweep up the petals, or dead head.  

I can show you photos if you like.

Create a feature using top soil

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:43

When we did ours we had to dig 5ft down on the high end, but being fortunate enough to back onto fields, we made a bank with it.

only the top 6inches or so is top soil then there was grass in, so on a project that big we just didn't think it was worth the bother to try to save it. Here are a couple of photos.



Hellebore Leaves Problem

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:27

I know you really need to leave the leaves on till Feb or so, but if I have any tatty or diseased ones, I nip them off.  

Pond Profile

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:24

Fairy girl, On this thread for photos or will you start another, or should we find the original one?

chelsea chop

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:21

I don't think so Art, different kind of plants.

i do disbud dahlias as if you let them flower from the start, they won't be able to become a big strong plant, I do this for annuals but not for asters, just a chop back early does the trick.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:18

Sorry Vic, I have just seen your post answering my question, that is a very unusual foxglove, hope you can get some seeds, and the pink scabious is gorgeous.

i have a pale blue one, seeds taken from daughters plants, I would sow them now and keep in over winter, planting out next Spring.

mine did come true for colour.



Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:12

I have never used a bag, they are fine just in compost under the bench or in a frame, just spray every so often.

i do loads of cuttings, especially fuchsias they are all fine.


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 17:31

Bang 4ft stakes in the ground down 2ft then tie them on the 3 legs, if you are in a dryer area you may get 4 years out of it, it should stand up ok.

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