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Garlic growing

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 17:01

Hi Dave

Thanks for your reply.  Don't know if they are hard or soft neck variety, but they've been in the greenhouse since November time & have started to shoot.  I don't think I can keep them in modules for much longer, as they have a really good, strong root system!  (Perhaps I should just put them out in the ground & hope for the best)?

Garlic growing

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:28

Hello folks

I've grown my garlic this year in modules in the greenhouse, to get them started.  They are all growing away fine.  But when should I put them outside in the ground?  I live in the E. Midlands area.  Answers much appreciated.

Golden hops plant

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 17:59

Thanks for the replies folks.  Well, I think I will try to grow it in a very large pot.  I really like the lovely bright foliage - but it does need to be kept restricted or it sprouts up everywhere!!  And yes, it does have tiny barbs on the leaves too!   Thanks again

Golden hops plant

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 13:18

Hello folks

I previously grew a Golden Hop to grow over an arch, but after a few years it went mad and began sprouting up all over the lawn!!  My question is, will it grow successfully in a large tub where I can keep it under control ? 

Choisya Sundance- will it survive?

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 13:37

Thanks Fairygirl.  I've also moved pieris with success too.  But looking back, when I moved the choisya, there wasn't much soil around the roots.  So, maybe it will settle down & make growth - or it will have to come out.

Choisya Sundance- will it survive?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 15:09

Many thanks for the replies.  I'll cut it back a bit as suggested and also ease up on the watering.  Hopefully after about a month it will pick up.  If not I'll have to dig it out and replace it.  Shame, as it was such a lovely shrub - but in the wrong place.  Thanks again

Choisya Sundance- will it survive?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 10:52

Hello folks

I helped a friend move a beautiful big yellow Choisya Sundance from one spot in her garden to another in March this year.  Since transplanting, despite lots of watering, it's still looking very sad & unhappy with its leaves drooping.  Will it survive or is it a case of yanking it out & replacing it with another one from the garden centre?  I feel really guilty about suggesting moving it!.   All & any advice appreciated

penstemon cuttings - too late?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 00:50

Thanks very much for your replies, fidgetbones & Verdun.  (I have already taken lots of perennial fuschias successfully using the plastic bag method).  I just love taking cuttings!!  Many of them end up in friends gardens as well as my own.  I also took several cuttings of a surfinia which I bought from the garden cantre for £1 while small.  Now I have seven plants!  (Love a bargain)!

penstemon cuttings - too late?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:56

Hello again everyone.

Is it too late to take penstemon cuttings?  I have a lovely red flowering one which I'd like to increase in number.  So - is it the usual procedure of cutting below a leaf node (of a non flowering shoot), dipping in hormone powder and putting in a pot with a see- through plastic bag over the top?  Thanks to all & any replies



Posted: 04/07/2013 at 00:38

Hello Lyn & greenfingeredsmoggy

Yes they are not too bunched up.  And I have grown them before with success - so it's a bit of a mystery.  Thanks for the tip Grennfingeredsmoggy.  I'll try the phospherous fertiliser you suggest for root development.  (If all else fails, there's always next year to try again).  That's gardening, you win some - you lose some!  Thanks once again everyone.

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