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Clematis Star of India

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 09:33

Yes of course - as long as the container is deep enough and filled with good quality compost to allow the clematis to develop its roots properly.   It will need to be regularly topped up with extra food because clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants.   it will need regular watering and also liquid feeds of tomato or rose fertiliser to keep the clem happy.



I rotavated couchgrass!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 09:43

I don't like glyphosate either but in extreme cases it has its uses as long as people stick to the recommended doses.   Residue in the soil is inert but does get washed into waterways and then it's a problem as is over concentrating the spray mix which has led to cancers and birth defects in 3rd world countries.

My garden is surrounded by arable land and pasture so couch grass, nettles and teh rest are constantly present.  For two years I was unable to garden much following neck surgery for a slipped disk and then having both feet reconstructed.  The weeds had a fine time invading but 2 years on they are under control in all except one large bed round a natural pond that we haven't really tackled.

Constant vigilance is needed and some refereeing when the roots get entangled in the roots of treasures but you can win without chemicals.


I rotavated couchgrass!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 08:03

Speaking from the experience of my OH who rotavated a whole big new bed in my garden before the weedkiller had got all the roots of nettle, thistle, creeping buttercup and couch grass, black plastic or cardboard won't help anyway.  The roots will just creep to a sunny bit.

However constant pulling and hoeing of new shoots will weaken the new plants and eventually defeat them and you would always concentrate on keeping one part clear and planted while letting the other grow big enough to be glyphosated till you can get to it.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 23:00

They sound thirsty too me.  The clue is in the name - hydra meaning water.   To grow them in full sun you need moist but not boggy soil.  We've had a very dry spring so I expect they're dried out at the roots.  

Give them a few generous drinks of water each - at least 2 gallons, 10 litres a day till they're thoroughly wetted.    Keep them watered in future dry spells and consider moving them to a position with dappled shade next autumn, after leaf drop, if they continue to have problems.

living in spain

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:55

Find a good rose nursery in Spain as they will give the best advice and have the plants too.   Look around at your neighbours' gardens and see what they're growing.


Home made Tomato Food

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:52

Nettle tea for leafy plants such as spinach, cabbages etc as it has lots of nitrogen.   Comfery tea for fruiting and flowering plants.   I put banana skins under roses when planting them.  Otherwise they go on the compost heap.    Personally, I would let horse manure rot down well and use it to mix with soil at planting time for clematis roses, rhubarb or as a mulch for those plants in autumn.

Plant ID in my aunts garden

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:43

It's a form of persicaria but I don't know which.   A gardening friend gave me some just a couple of weeks ago.   Very neat and small and spreading but not totally hardy in cold wet winters here so she takes hers in. 


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:31

Good.   They wouldn't suit my current garden at all as it is very fertile, has lots of rain and is exposed but I love the idea of them scrambling around a dry, gravelly area and filling it with colour.  

Do i need to cut this?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:29

Try it when the compost is dry as that's lighter or just take it outside for an occasional rain shower but don't leave it out in the sun.

Do i need to cut this?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:33

I have the variegated form in my living room.  It's 40 years old and 2 metres high.  

It likes a light place but not full sun.  I give it liquid feeds from spring through summer then just water from mid autumn and through winter.  I trim all the little bare brown sticky stems to keep it neat.   Every now and again I take it upstairs and stand it in the shower to freshen up the foliage and when we go on hols I gather all our houseplants in the shower and bath and give them a good rinsing down and soak the compost in the pots thoroughly then leave them all gathered together making a micro climate and come home to very healthy, happy plants.

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